Zsa Zsa Gábor

by ethnic on July 17, 2010

Birth Name: Sári Gábor

Date of Birth: February 6, 1917

Place of Birth: Budapest, Austria-Hungary (present-day Hungary)

Date of Death: December 18, 2016

Place of Death: Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Zsa Zsa Gábor was a Hungarian-born American actress and socialite.

Zsa Zsa was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, now in Hungary. Her parents were both Jewish. Her father, Vilmos “Willie” Gábor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), was a soldier, and her mother, Jolie Gábor, Countess de Szigethy (born Janka Tilleman), was a socialite, jeweler, and memoirist; she received the title “Countess” from her marriage to Count Odon Szigethy.

Zsa Zsa’s sisters were Eva Gábor, a socialite, actress, and singer, and Magda Gábor, a socialite. She was named Sári Gábor after Hungarian singer and actress Sári Fedák.

Zsa Zsa was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She moved to the U.S. in 1941. Her mother left Hungary for the U.S. in 1944, escaping the Nazis.

Zsa Zsa’s paternal grandparents were Salamon Grün and Rozália Kluger.

Zsa Zsa’s maternal grandfather was Jónás/Jóná “Janos”/”Joseph” Hersch/Harsch Tilleman (the son of Schie Tilleman and Scheindel Grossman). Jónás was born in Drohobych, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine.

Zsa Zsa’s maternal grandmother was Chawe Feige “Franciska/Franceska/Fani” Reinharz/Reinhartz (the daughter of Eisig Reinharz/Reinhartz and Dorittya/Dorottya/Dwora “Deborah”/”Divora” Stein). Chawe was born in Bolekhiv, Ivano-Frankivs’ka oblast, Ukraine.

Zsa Zsa was a first cousin, once removed, of Annette Lantos (née Tilleman), the wife of Tom Lantos, who was a U.S. congressman from California. Zsa Zsa’s grandfather Jónás Tilleman was a brother of Annette’s father, Sebastian Tillemann.

Sources: Genealogy of Zsa Zsa Gabor – https://www.geni.com

Pictures of Zsa Zsa’s parents and family – http://www.findagrave.com

Information about Zsa Zsa’s father’s family – http://thehungaryexchange.blogspot.ca

Information about Zsa Zsa’s mother’s family – http://nickmgombash.blogspot.ca

Photo By News release by Rogers & Cowan talent agents (ebay) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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andrew December 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Gabor’s family were once members of the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, although she and her sisters were practicing Roman Catholics.

follers December 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm

Whether the family officially converted to Catholicism is unclear to me. Perhaps individual members did.
“Between the fleshly hills of Gabor was a cross larger than St. Peter’s Basilica. The Gabors were Jewish, so I said to Jolie, ‘What’s with the goddamn cross?’ Jolie said, ‘Eva’s new about-to-be-husband hates the Jews, so in this book you make us Catholic.’ They have always lived with no reality; there was never any truth to anything.””

andrew October 22, 2016 at 7:46 am
cwm85 November 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Omg… she’s still around… didn’t know that.

Devotion October 23, 2015 at 12:07 am

she’s like the first Kim Kardashian/Paris Hilton right?

byyong83 November 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

She’s worse!

Her sister Eva though was wonderful, a class act.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm


both of her parents were Jewish
and they do have Jewish surnames.

follers July 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

How do you know that he was Jewish?

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

she stated this in the late 80s in a talkshow that her Jewish parents were not easy for her free spirit and she talked about her father

follers July 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

You were correct.

passingtime85 July 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm

I’m curious, which talk show was it?

follers July 5, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Are you asking me? I don’t know what show it was, but her father was genealogically Jewish.

passingtime85 July 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Oh, then how did you confirm without seeing the show?

follers July 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Through the information and links listed above.

passingtime85 July 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Whoops, missed those.

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