“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house,” the nine-times married actress once said.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, the renowned socialite, actor, and author whose nine marriages made her a legendary staple of Hollywood celebrity culture, died on Sunday. She was 99 years old.
Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Ed Lozzi, to BuzzFeed News.
A forerunner of Paris Hilton (whose great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton, was Gabor’s second husband), Gabor was extravagantly blonde and extravagantly feminine; she acted in films and on television from the 1950s through the 1990s, but her stardom was inextricable from her career and she was celebrated for her wit and banter.
“She did not suffer fools well,” Lozzi said in a phone interview. “Zsa Zsa Gabor was one tough cookie.”
“Her beautiful lips and mouth would also be her worst enemy when and if she turned on the verbal machine gun. Most of her problems originated from that beautiful mouth,” he said.
Gabor, who kept her age shrouded in mink stoles, was formerly a happy partygoer. “I am not a girl who sits home and knits, you know,” she once told Joan Rivers before she described swimming nude in a pool while watching gorgeous men playing polo as “heaven.”
Her sexuality was often the subject of her wit, as she quipped through her heavy Hungarian accent: “Thank god I’m not like the average housewife — they’re always bragging that they’re great in the kitchen. Believe me, there are other rooms in the house I like to be great in.”
One of three daughters born to a Jewish mother in Hungary, Gabor, her mother, and her sisters emigrated before the country was occupied by Nazi forces, but not before Gabor was named Miss Hungary 1936. Her sisters, Eva and Magda, were both actors as well; Magda, the eldest, was briefly married to one of Zsa Zsa’s ex-husbands.