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Her powerful husbands notwithstanding, it seemed that Gabor often called the shots. During the era when “Good Housekeeping” was all the rage, Zsa Zsa had her own version of it. She famously quipped: I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
Some of her nine marriages ended because she didn’t want to lose her identity. With Conrad Hilton, she felt that her “own needs were completely ignored.” But what about all his wealth? Apparently, that wasn’t enough.
During a subsequent marriage to Herbert Hutner, Gabor lamented: With his kindness and generosity, he almost annihilated my drive. I have always been the kind of woman who could never be satisfied by money – only excitement and achievement. Very 21st-century,
in that regard.
Life was not always that fluffy for Gabor and her socialite sisters. Growing up Jewish in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, they were later terrorized by Nazi forces. During the 1944 occupation of Budapest, sister Magda’s “Portugese Ambassador” managed to rescue them from the onslaught. Others were not as fortunate. Zsa Zsa’s grandmother and uncle were killed during a bombing raid.
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