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Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda Made up the Gabor Sisters' Trio — inside Their Ups & Downs

Busayo Ogunjimi
Mar 24, 2020
01:30 A.M.
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The Gabor sisters set the trend for the glamorous lifestyle and popularity of socialites. Here is a peek into the life of the three sisters and their mother who encouraged them.


Long before the advent of celebrities who were famous for being famous, the Gabor Sisters held the title for that position for many years by being famous and working hard at keeping that lifestyle.

Although many years have passed since their reign of popularity, the Gabors are still revered for bringing show business and popularity together and creating a niche for certain types of celebrities.

A portrait of Hungarian born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor on january 1, 1940. | Photo: Getty Images



Zsa Zsa Gabor is perhaps the most popular of her three sisters. The middle child of Jolie Gabor, she was an extraordinary socialite who, during her years on earth, went through nine marriages. Speaking of her life, she said:

“I’ve always been able to survive by telling myself that no matter how tragic, one can always find a way to survive and even, perhaps, to be a little bit happy.”

Notorious for her choice in men, Zsa Zsa got divorced eight times and had one wedding annulled. She was once the wife of  Conrad Hilton, whom she had a daughter — Francesca — for. Until her death in 2016 at the age of 99 years, Zsa Zsa was married to Fredric Prince Von Anhalt.


A portrait of Zsa Zsa Gabor on January 1, 1950. | Photo: Getty Images


Eva Gabor is the first of the three girls to move to the United States from Hungary and the most established sister in terms of her career. She was the one who was most interested in pursuing an acting career, and she was quite successful at it.


Jolie Gabor used a more bizarre method

Just like her sisters, Eva was married four times and was even rumored to have had an homosexual relationship with another lady. Of all the sisters, she is the one who reportedly enjoyed a real loving relationship with her husband, Ernst Lubitsch.

Hungarian actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor with her family at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, October 01, 1958. Photo: Getty Images



The eldest of the three sisters, Magda, was the least active one in the group. A holocaust survivor, she was once arrested for her connection to the Nazi Underground playings.

Thanks to her relationship with the Portuguese ambassador, she was released based on his request and was able to join her sisters in the United States.

Magda, who got married four times and tried to distance herself from family antics, had a stroke, lost her speech, became a semi-invalid towards the end of her life.

Eva Gabor circa 1980 in New York City on January 01, 1980. | Photo: Getty Images



In recent times, the Gabor sisters have been likened to the Kardashians with people stating that the sisters truly worked hard at being famous just the way the Kardashians are.

Perhaps the reason for the comparison has to do with the matriarchs of the two families who have encouraged their children to pursue a path in the celebrity lifestyle.

The Gabor sisters during a party at the Stork Club in New York, February 5, 1961. | Photo: Getty Images

While Kris Jenner acts as her children’s manager, Jolie Gabor used a more bizarre method, encouraging competition between the girls. In all, the Gabors might have lost credence now, but they sure set the trend for the lifestyle of glam and fame by being in the spotlight.