The Life Of Tabloid Trailblazer Zsa Zsa Gabor

May 20, 2022

8th July 1952/ Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor lounges on a sofa in a ruched evening gown. (Photo by Nixon/Express/Getty Images)

Zsa Zsa Gabor never reached the peaks of fame like fellow blonde Marylin Monroe. Nevertheless, she lived a life that reads stranger than fiction. Born the daughter of a soldier father and jewelry magnate/alleged brothel madam mother, Zsa Zsa and her two sisters were fated for fame. Of course, the middle child grew far more famous than her siblings in no small part to her unabashed romantic exploits (8 or 9 marriages but who's counting), utter imperiousness, and stunning beauty.

More than a pretty face, Zsa also possessed a cunning wit. When asked for clarification on the number of husbands she’d wed, she responded with, “You mean apart from my own?” Here are the unparalleled highlights of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

In 1937, fresh of her teen years, Zsa Zsa married the Turkish politician Burhan Asaf Belge, the first of many husbands.

Groomed For Fame

Zsa Zsa’s mother, Jolie, set the template for her daughter's future while supplying with them the tools to succeed. She also passed along her audacious attitude. The matron Gabor who owned a string of jewelry shops once said of herself, "Just like Bulgari is known in Rome, that's how well-known I was in Budapest."