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Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99

Actress and Famed Personality Had Been on Life Support for Five Years

Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, the last surviving member of the Gabor family, has died at the age of 99. Gabor succumbed to a heart attack today in her Bel Air mansion and had been on life support for the last five years, according to TMZ.

Born Sari Gabor on Feb. 6, 1917, Gabor, the oldest of the three Gabor sisters, began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated to the United States in 1941 and landed her first film role in “Lovely to Look At” in 1952. Other film credits included “We’re Not Married!,” “Moulin Rouge” and “The Story of Three Loves.” Gabor’s guest appearances on television included “Climax!,” “The Red Skelton Hour,” “As the World Turns,” “The Bob Cummings Show,” “F Troop” and “Mister Ed.” In 1968, she appeared in the final episode of camp classic “Batman” as villainess Minerva. More recently, she guest starred in sitcom “Empty Next” and “Cybill,” and appeared as herself in theatrical “A Very Brady Sequel” in 1996.

Gabor’s theater credits include “Forty Carats” on Broadway and a touring production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”

Outside of her acting career, Gabor was best known for having had nine husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders Her well-publicized 1989 run-in with a Beverly Hills police officer, whom she famously slapped during a traffic stop and sentenced to 72 hours in jail and community service, was explored in 1991 documentary “The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor.” In 2002, she was involved in a serious car accident on Sunset Boulevard as the passenger in a car driven by her hairdresser.

Gabor was also said to have indirectly lost millions to swindler Bernie Madoff. Survivors include her final husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, whom she wed in 1986 (that was the last of his seven marriages). The union garnered her the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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