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Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, has died - TMZ

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

Actor Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at the age of 99 years, after a long illness, according to TMZ.

Gabor died of a heart attack on Sunday, the US-based celebrity news website said.

Gabor's publicist Ed Lozzi later confirmed to her death to CBSLA.com.

Starring in films such as Moulin Rouge, The Girl in the Kremlin and Queen of Outer Space, she spanned the gamut of Hollywood from A-list star to B-movie queen.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor © Provided by AAP Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor

A true Hollywood icon, Gabor became a socialite alongside her sister Eva in 1930s in Beverly Hills.

She suffered a long period of ill-health after being involved in a car accident in 2002 which resulted in her becoming partially paralysed.

Years of complications followed and she eventually had to have her right leg amputated in 2011.

Gabor was married nine times most recently to Frederic Prinz von Anhalt who she married in 1986.

Both of Gabor's sisters predeceased her: Eva Gabor in 1995, Magda in 1997.

Born in Budapest, Zsa Zsa (born Sari) Gabor was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936 and followed her sister Eva to Hollywood. She got her foot in the showbiz door with MGM's 1952 Lovely to Look At and got a bigger break that year with Moulin Rouge, directed by John Huston, who is said to have given the ingenue, who spoke heavily accented English and had almost no film experience, a difficult time during the shoot. Gabor's English improved, but her Eastern European roots became part of her trademark.

Her theatre credits include Forty Carats on Broadway and a touring production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Hollywood didn't take her too seriously as an actress, maybe because she didn't take herself too seriously. She seemed to have decided that there were few roles as interesting as her own persona. With her emphasis on showcasing her own glamour and sparking outrage, it's no surprise that her showbiz work consisted mostly of playing herself in dozens of films and TV series.

Her rise to fame coincided with the spurt of talk shows that filled the airwaves during the early days of TV. The early '50s created other talkshow and gameshow celebrities, but few parlayed that fame much beyond the 1950s. Gabor's attitude -" I deserve attention not because of any talent, but just because of who I am" - was an early example of a phenomenon that has ballooned in the past decade, as tabloids put reality-TV figures on their covers and blogs cover them incessantly.

While Eva Gabor eventually landed a role with which the public could identify her - as Lisa Douglas on the 1960s sitcom Green Acres - Zsa Zsa was simply "famous for being famous," as someone quipped decades ago.

Many of Gabor's most well-known ripostes came at her own expense and highlighted her predilection for marrying wealthy men. Some of the most notable were "I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?"; "A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished"; "Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do"; and, after describing herself as a great housekeeper, she added, "Every time I divorce a man, I keep the house."

She had a daughter, Francesca, during her 1942-46 marriage to hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, though Hilton reportedly believed Francesca was not his biological daughter, and the millionaire left her just $US100,000 ($A137,360) in his will. After spending much of her life contesting Hilton's will, Francesca Hilton died destitute on Jan. 6, 2015. Gabor, meanwhile, was the great-great aunt of Paris Hilton.

Other husbands included actor George Sanders (1949-54) and Jack Ryan (1975-76), who is credited with designing the Barbie doll for Mattel. Her marriage to actor and lawyer Felipe de Alba was annulled in 1983 after a single day because her marriage to Michael O'Hara, her divorce lawyer in her breakup with Ryan, had not been properly dissolved.

In 1986, at age 69, she married Prinz von Anhalt, some 30 years her junior. He was accused by her daughter of keeping her away from her mother, and it is doubtful Gabor knew of her daughter's death.

Her 1989 run-in with a Beverly Hills police officer, whom she famously slapped during a traffic stop, was explored in 1991 documentary The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor, and mocked, frequently by a willing Gabor herself, in movies from Naked Gun 212 to A Very Brady Sequel and series including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Gabor was also said to have indirectly lost millions to swindler Bernie Madoff.

Zsa Zsa's survivors include her husband.

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