Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, known more for her larger than life personality and string of marriages than for her films, died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday (December 18, 2016) at age 99, her publicist confirmed to PEOPLE.
Gabor had numerous health problems in recent years and had her leg partially amputated in January due to poor circulation. She suffered a stroke in 2005, three years after a car accident had left her partially paralysed. In 2010 she reportedly asked a priest to administer the last rites after surgery to remove two blood clots. The last stage of her life was reported to have been spent suffering from dementia.
“I am pleased that she is finally out of her misery,” Gabor’s rep Ed Lozzi said in a statement. “For the past five years, Zsa Zsa has suffered chronic dementia, locked away in her mansion laying in a hospital bed being fed through tubes in her naval, not able to speak, see, write or hear. Nor knowing who she was or how famous she was.”
Long before Paris Hilton, Gabor was a Hollywood starlet who was, quite simply, “famous for being famous.” Zsa Zsa Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1941 and became a sought-after actress with "European flair and style" and was considered to have a personality that "exuded charm and grace". Her first film role was a supporting role in Lovely to Look At. She later acted in We're Not Married! and played one of her few leading roles in the John Huston-directed film, Moulin Rouge (1952).
Outside of her acting career, Gabor was known for her extravagant Hollywood lifestyle, glamorous personality, and her many marriages. In total, Gabor had nine husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders. She once stated, "Men have always liked me and I have always liked men. But I like a mannish man, a man who knows how to talk to and treat a woman – not just a man with muscles."
Gabor was drawn to the limelight and parlayed legal difficulties into media attention when on June 14, 1989, she was arrested for slapping a police officer, Paul Kramer, in Beverly Hills, California. Kramer stopped her after noticing that her license tag on her automobile was no longer valid and expired. After a short but costly trial Beverly Hills Municipal Judge Charles G. Rubin sentenced Gabor to serve three days in jail, to pay fines and restitution totaling $12,937, to perform 120 hours of community service—and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. On June 14, 1990, Gabor decided to drop her conviction appeal and agreed to serve her sentence. However, Gabor refused to take part in community service and served three days in jail between July 27 and July 30, 1990.
Zsa Zsa GAbor is survived by husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, whom she wed in 1986 and who claimed titles of nobility for himself, his wife and a number of adoptees.
ZSA ZSa Gabor Trivia per IMDB:
Daughter of Jolie Gabor. Sister of Magda Gabor and Eva Gabor. Mother of actress Francesca Hilton and ex-step-great-grandmother of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.
Her marriage to Frédéric von Anhalt awarded her the title Princess Von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony. The legitimacy of this title is strongly questioned by many royal genealogists.
In 1993, she and her husband were commanded, by a judge, to pay $2,000,000 to actress, Elke Sommer, because of false accusations that they had spoken of Elke.
Has appeared as Minerva, the glamorous owner of a mineral spa, in the last episode, Batman: Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (1968), of Batman (1966).
On November 27, 2002, an automobile accident in Los Angeles left her in a coma for a short time, and, subsequently paralyzed. She was a passenger riding in a vehicle that struck a light pole on Sunset Boulevard.
Inducted into the B-Movie Hall of Fame on October 26, 2004.
Was considered for the role of Miss Caswell in All About Eve (1950), but Marilyn Monroe was cast instead.
Once held up an episode of The New Hollywood Squares (1986) for about 45 minutes after breaking a fingernail.
She and her sister Magda Gabor were both married to George Sanders.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Living with, and cared for by, her husband at their home in Bel Air, California (a property once owned by Elvis Presley).
Her daughter, Francesca Hilton, died at age 67 of a massive stroke on January 5, 2015. She was cremated and her ashes were interred beside Gabor's sister, Eva Gabor, at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
The world's largest private collection of Marilyn Monoe's iconic film costumes, gowns, personal clothing, jewelry, and other property will be hitting the auction block along with original photographs and film posters of the late actress including the dress she wore at a Democratic fundraiser while singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in her trademark sultry, sexy voice with original lyrics she wrote herself for President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Julien’s Auctions is billing this as a once-in-a-lifetime Marilyn Monroe auction that includes the Marilyn Monroe Property From The Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. A curated collection of Marilyn Monroe film-worn costumes, personal wardrobe, jewelry and personal items.
Also up for bid will be Marilyn Monroe Property From The Estate of Lee Strasberg consisting of documents and personal items once owned by Marilyn Monroe as well as Déjà vu Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe including personal items originally sold at Christie’s 1999 and Julien’s Auctions' 2005.
The entire auction event features film costumes representing a significant part of Marilyn’s acting career from Niagara (1953) to Some Like It Hot (1959.) According to Julien Auctions, this is the largest collection of Marilyn Monroe ephemera ever offered at auction. [beautifulquote align="full" cite=""]Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest and most endearing screen icons of our time,[/beautifulquote] said Darren Julien, founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions in a statement. "We are so honored to be working with David Gainsborough-Roberts with his incredible collection of Marilyn Monroe artifacts." "He has meticulously archived so many important aspects of Marilyn’s career and personal life. The legendary actress was found dead in her Brentwood home in Los Angeles in 1962 at the age of 36, and the collector noted that Marilyn would have turned 90 years old this June.
Highlights from the Gainsborough-Roberts Collection include a sheer black beaded and sequined dress worn by Monroe in her Golden Globe winning role Sugar Kane as she crooned “I’m Through With Love” in the award winning 1959 film Some Like it Hot; an elaborate embellished stage gown worn by Monroe as she sang “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy There’s No Business Like Show Business which was designed by one of Marilyn’s all-time favorite designers, William Travilla; a pink linen halter wiggle dress designed for the 1953 thriller Niagara; a green satin one-piece with black sequins and gold fringe worn by Monroe in the 1956 film Bus Stop; a lilac satin leotard worn by Monroe as Lillian Russell in the 1958 photo series by Richard Avedon and featured in Life magazine in 1958. Additional film pieces offered include costumes from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Let’s Make Love, along with a pair of rhinestone earrings worn by Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire and a pair of sequin embellished opera gloves from the Rachmaninoff scene of The Seven Year Itch.
Monroe’s own personal style is also represented at the auction including a slender fitting bias cut crepe evening gown worn by Monroe to the 1955 premiere of The Rose Tattoo while accompanied by Marlon Brando.
Personal items include prescription pill bottles, Victoria and Albert museum exhibited high heels, a plastic doll in the likeness of Monroe given as a souvenir at her 34th birthday party; documents and correspondences; household items; and Monroe’s Detroit Free Press “New Faces Award” from 1952.
Strasberg's collection includes a 1950’s brown alligator ladies handbag from I. Magnin & Co. with matching accessories; a grey pony handbag from Mexico still containing three one peso bills; a number of other handbags, fur coats and stoles; a ladies minaudière with the original box, featuring multiple compartments containing loose powder with cotton buffer, mirror, comb, two mercury dimes, eight Phillip Morris cigarettes and a tube of used Revlon lipstick in “Bachelor’s Carnation” with a date of 1947, a virtual time capsule of one of the star's nights out on the town.
Ephemera in this collection include documents that mark simple and remarkable moments in Marilyn’s life and career, from a taxi receipt dated February 2, 1960 listing the trip details as simply “From: 904 To: 20th Century”, to a check dated July 25, 1952 written in Monroe’s hand to her mother Gladys Eley in the amount of $150.00 endorsed by her mother signed, 'Mrs. Gladys P. Eley.' In addition to household, food, fur, books, beauty, and clothing receipts, there are tax documents listing the star’s expenditures in great detail, a collection of recipes given to her by friends, and her 1962 checkbook containing the filled out stubs of every check written from her account in the final year of her life, as well as the checks written from her account immediately after her death, correspondence, poems and intimate notes.
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, was famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Monroe's troubled private life received much attention and she struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety during the last years of her life. She had two highly publicized marriages, to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, which both ended in divorce. She died at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Although the death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.
Julien’s live auction will be held on November 17th, 18th and 19th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit the official Julien's Auctions website.
Pictured Here: Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando the 1955 premiere of "The Rose Tattoo" Photo: The Hollywood Archive
Oh fiddle-de-dee... today marks a birthday for Scarlett O'Hara herself, Vivien Leigh. Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier on November 5, 1913) was best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the beloved film 1939's' Gone With The Wind' also starring Clark Gable.
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois in the film version of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of 'Tovarich' (1963).
To the public at the time, Leigh was strongly identified with her second husband Laurence Olivier, to whom she was married from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, as for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s, which ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53.
Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.
Pictured here: Vivien Leigh in character as Scarlett O'Hara, "Gone with the Wind" (1939) MGM / The Hollywood Archive