Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99
CBS News -LOS ANGELES, Calif. -Hungarian-born actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died, her publicist tells CBS Los Angeles. She was 99.
Ed Lozzi, a publicist for Gabor, told CBS Los Angeles that she died at her home Sunday afternoon.
Gabor faced failing health in recent years. In July 2010, her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt told ET Online that she was having a feeding tube inserted so she could get the nutrients she needed. Gabor broke her hip earlier that month when she tumbled out of bed while watching television, trying to answer a telephone at her Bel-Air home.
Gabor was the only survivor of the trio of acting Gabor sisters. Her sister Eva died in 1995 and Magda in 1997.
She has rarely been seen in public since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident. Gabor also suffered a stroke in 2005.
Gabor took her first husband when she was 20 in 1937. She attracted the attention of nine husbands including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and Oscar winning actor George Sanders.
She had her only child, a daughter, with Hilton. Her daughter died last year.
Her first seven marriages ended in divorce. Her marriage to her eighth husband, Mexican attorney Felipe de Alba, was annulled, reportedly because her previous marriage was not properly ended.
She attended Swiss boarding schools and competed in the 1936 Miss Hungary pageant but was disqualified because, her mother wrote in a memoir, she was under age.
A talk-show staple, Gabor regularly appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” during the 1960s and 1970s. She also often appeared as herself on the screen, including a memorable role in the 1991 film “The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear.”
Gabor spent three days in the El Segundo jail in 1989 after she was found guilty in a well-publicized trial over slapping the face of a Beverly Hills police officer who stopped her for a traffic violation.
The great aunt of Paris Hilton and a spiritual matriarch to the Kardashians, Simpsons and other tabloid favorites, she was the original hall-of-mirrors celebrity, famous for being famous for being famous.
As news of her death spread, stars began to react on social media.