Actress, socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor is dead at 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1964 outside the Hilton Hotel in London
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Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hungarian-born socialite who was one of the first celebrities famous for being famous, died of a heart attack on Sunday. She was 99, and had been in poor health since falling and breaking her hip in 2010. "We tried everything, but her heart just stopped and that was it," said husband Frederic von Anhalt. "Even the ambulance tried very hard to get her back, but there was no way." Gabor had been partly paralyzed since a 2002 car accident, suffered a stroke in 2005, and had most of her right leg amputated in 2011 due to gangrene.

Born Sari Gabor in Budapest in 1917, Zsa Zsa (a family nickname) was the second of three sisters, all of whom became famous; Eva, who starred in the TV show Green Acres, died in 1995, and sister Magda died in 1997. Zsa Zsa married and divorced Turkish diplomat Turhan Belge, the first of her eight husbands (nine counting a very brief, maybe never legal 1982 shipboard marriage), while still in Hungary. After emigrating to the U.S. around World War II with her mother and sisters, Gabor gained fame in 1942 by marrying millionaire hotelier Conrad Hilton, with whom she had her only child, Francesca Hilton, who died in 2015. Her other husbands included actor George Sanders, businessman Herbert L. Hutner, and prolific inventor Jack Ryan.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.