Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on Sunday at the age of 99 in her home in Los Angeles. While the Hungarian-born star worked in over 30 films, Zsa Zsa’s real claim to fame was her nine financially-motivated marriages, according to a report in DNA. While the actress maintained that only her second marriage was based on money, her frequent nuptials lent her unofficial title of the “the most expensive courtesan since Madame de Pompadour.” Zsa Zsa’s heydey in films lasted from the 1950s-60s with her most famous film being the 1952 version of Moulin Rouge. Her last appearance on the big screen was in 1996 as a cameo. She found more success in television, appearing in shows The Love Boat and Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
Zsa Zsa was crowned Miss Hungary in the 1930s but was forced to flee her homeland, along with her sisters Eva and Magda, with the onset of the World War II. The siblings reached the US where Zsa Zsa, after working in a few films, married Conrad Hilton, heir to the Hilton Hotel chain. Famously, throughout her career, Zsa Zsa refused to give the year of her birth, revealing only that her birthday was February 6. However, her former John Blanchette eventually gave out that she was born in 1917.
The years prior to her death, Gabor did not make any public appearances due to health issues. She had suffered a stroke and broke several bones during a car accident. In 2001, a large portion of her right leg had to be amputated due to an infection. In February this year, just a few days after her birthday, she was admitted to the hospital for breathing problems. Her publicist Edward Lozzi said that the actress’ cause of death was heart failure. She is survived by her husband Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt.