Zsa Zsa Gabor, Legendary Actress and Socialite, Passes Away at Age 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the legendary Hungarian-born actress and socialite, passed away today of a heart attack at what is largely believed to be age 99. (The actress reportedly never admitted a birth date, but Hollywood journalists have put it somewhere between 1917 and 1919.)

A one-time contestant in the 1936 Miss Hungary beauty contest, Gabor’s first major Hollywood movie was 1952's "Lovely to Look At," followed by "Moulin Rouge," that same year. Though she appeared in dozens of films and television projects, Gabor was best known as a sort of proto-glamour-puss, infamous for her awe-inspiring proportions, her white-blonde hair, big eyes, big jewelry, big-name marriages (she married nine times, with spouses that include Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton hotel chain, and Jack Ryan, who reportedly co-created the Barbie doll), and her way with a bon mot — often purred, in her iconic accent. (Among her more famous lines: "I am a marvelous housekeeper; every time I leave a man, I keep his house," and "I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.")

One of the first celebrities to be famous solely for being famous, Gabor was uniquely aware of the power of a witty phrase in the mouth of an alluring woman: In her 1970 book of advice, "How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man" she wrote, "What's really important for a woman, you know, even more than being beautiful or intelligent, is to be entertaining."

She is survived by her husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt. Her daughter Francesca Hilton passed away in 2015.

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