Hungarian-born Hollywood actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died in Los Angeles at the age of 99 following a heart attack
Hollywood actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died aged 99, the star’s husband said.
Prince Frederic von Anhalt said she died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack in their home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.
Zsa Zsa, the great aunt of Paris Hilton, was credited with creating a new kind of fame based on flaunting wealth and possessing a jaded wisdom and glamour.
The Hungarian-born star was perhaps better known for her string of marriages – totalling nine if a quickly annulled shipboard ceremony is included – than her work on-screen.
The late Michael Winner, who directed her in the 1976 film Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, once described her as largely playing a thinly-veiled version of herself.
She was also known for her biting wit and one-liners, having once said: “I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
Zsa Zsa had long suffered from ill health after being partly paralysed in a car accident in 2002 and suffering a stroke in 2005.
She outlived both her older sister, Magda, and younger sister, Eva, who were also actresses and socialites.
Zsa Zsa, born Sari Gabor in Budapest in 1917, started her career in the 1940s and went from being a beauty queen, to millionaire’s wife to major public figure.
Celebrities paid tribute to her on social media.
US chat show host Larry King said:
I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden tweeted:
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese shared this picture on Instagram with the caption: “Another Hollywood legend has left us, the glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor, one of the wittiest beauties of all time!
“I love all her hilarious quotes about love, but this one is a favorite: “Being jealous of a beautiful woman is not going to make you more beautiful.”