Zsa Zsa Gabor: A Look Back At Her Amazing Career

A look inside Zsa Zsa Gabor's career
November 2, 2019 - 14:27 / Cynthia Springer

Zsa Zsa Gabor was most known for her extravagant lifestyle... and being married nine times. But how did the socialite even begin her lavish ways? Check out how Zsa Zsa's career began, starting all the way back in her home country of Hungary!

Born Sári Gábor on February 6, 1917 in Budapest, Gabor's father was a soldier and her mother helped run the family's jewelry shop. Gabor knew she had the looks and talent when in 1936 she was crowned Miss Hungary. She was also in Vienna for a period of time to begin her stage career. By 1941, she moved to the U.S. to further pursue her acting endeavors with her European charm and divorced her first husband during this time. 

Zsa Zsa Gabor's Early Career

Hungarian-American actress and socialite, Zsa Zsa Gabor

By 1952, she had already starred in three major motion pictures, including We're Not Married! and Moulin Rouge. She would then star in 12 more films until the end of the '50s, one of those being Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, which is labeled "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is under preservation by U.S. Library of Congress.

Zsa Zsa was a talented actress

Hungarian-American actress and socialite, Zsa Zsa Gabor

By the era of the '60s, Gabor was already onto her fourth husband. She had previously stated her enjoyment of being a wife and housekeeper, as well as her satisfaction in her acting career. For this, she subsequently divorced her 4th husband, Herbert Hutner, as she felt he was holding her back from work. She starred in five roles in throughout the sixties, such as Drop Dead Darling, and married a new husband in 1966.

Gabor became known for her luxurious lifestyle

Hungarian-American actress and socialite, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Gabor maintained both film and television roles from the 70s to the 90s, but mostly smaller parts. She had also appeared on several talk shows, frequenting Milton Berle, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and even Howard Stern. Her family lived anything but a modest life - her mother and two sister were prominent socialites of Hollywood and New York, as well. Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on December 18th, 2016 of cardiac arrest at the age of 99. She is survived by her last husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt.