Zsa Zsa Gabor celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday, February 6, but according to TMZ, she was rushed to the emergency room with breathing difficulties only two days later.
February 6, 1917, saw the birth of Sari Gabor in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, who would later go on to change her name to Zsa Zsa Gabor. Famous in her early years for her numerous performances on stage and on screen, even winning the title of Miss Hungary in 1936, People reports that Zsa Zsa Gabor rekindled her celebrity status later in life during the 1980s and 1990s simply by being outrageous and often times controversial.
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While it might seem that Zsa Zsa Gabor was one in a million, she had two sisters: Eva Gabor, who was two years younger, and Magda Gabor, who was two years older. The three young women and their mother seemed to forever be in the gossip columns and the society pages, so much so that People notes they could be likened to the Hilton sisters from a decade ago or the Kardashian sisters today. It’s the kind of celebrity where the entire family seems to be famous simply for being famous.
Merv Griffin, an actor, singer, television host, and musician – a true all-rounder, as was common in the times – mentioned Zsa Zsa Gabor and her sisters in the autobiography that he published in 2002. Merv Griffin passed away in 2007.
“All these years later, it’s hard to describe the phenomenon of the three glamorous Gabor girls and their ubiquitous mother. They burst onto the society pages and into the gossip columns so suddenly, and with such force, it was as if they’d been dropped out of the sky.”
When Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to the emergency room on Monday, her husband, Frederic von Anhalt, was by her side and later spoke to TMZ. Von Anhalt told the outlet that Gabor was having breathing difficulties, after which doctors attended to her at their home to remove mucus from her throat, but the problem wasn’t solved. Zsa Zsa Gabor was later admitted to a Los Angeles hospital and is scheduled to undergo surgery to have her breathing tube removed. It seems that doctors believe her breathing difficulties are a result of a lung infection caused by her feeding tube.
Last night at Zsa Zsa Gabor’s estate with Prince Frederic von Anhalt. Would you believe me I had a splendid time? #… pic.twitter.com/NnHbkN4sLf
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Von Anhalt is not Zsa Zsa Gabor’s first husband. As Biography reports, he is her ninth husband, with Zsa Zsa Gabor outliving seven of her eight previous husbands. Not only that, but Zsa Zsa Gabor has managed to outlive her mother, Jolie Gabor (who herself lived a very long life), both of her sisters, Magda and Eva, and her daughter Francesca.
At 99 years of age, it is no surprise that Zsa Zsa Gabor has been admitted to hospital previously. Back in 2012, TMZ had an eerily similar conversation with her current husband, who reported at the time that Zsa Zsa Gabor had been rushed to the UCLA medical center after developing an infection in her feeding tube. Then 95-years-old, Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent surgery and spent a few days in the hospital before being released back home. Her husband had few short words to say about her illness and how it had affected their lives.
“This really f***ed up our Christmas.”
Zsa Zsa Gabor had half of her right leg amputated the previous year in 2011 at 94 years of age, from which she made a surprisingly good recovery.
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