Zsa Zsa Gábor

Gabor in 1959, photo by News release by Rogers & Cowan talent agents (ebay) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Birth Name: Sári Gábor

Date of Birth: 6 February, 1917

Place of Birth: Budapest, Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Hungary)

Date of Death: December 18, 2016

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Zsa Zsa Gábor was a Hungarian-born American actress and socialite. She had leading roles in the films Lovely to Look At, We’re Not Married!, Moulin Rouge (1952), Lili, The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk, and Picture Mommy Dead. Zsa Zsa was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936.

Zsa Zsa was born in Budapest, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Hungary. Her parents were both Jewish. Her father, Vilmos “Willie” Gábor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), was a soldier, and her mother, Jolie Gabor, Countess de Szigethy (born Janka Tilleman), was a socialite, jeweler, and memoirist; she received the title “Countess” as she was married to Count Odon Szigethy, until his death. Her mother’s family were jewelers who owned a jewellery shop known as “The Diamond House.”

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 moved to the U.S. in 1941. Her mother left Hungary for the U.S. in 1944, escaping the Nazis.

Zsa Zsa was married to German-born entrepreneur Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, until her death. She had a daughter, actress, photographer, and comedian Francesca Hilton, with her former husband, Conrad Hilton, who had founded the Hilton Hotel Chain. Zsa Zsa was thus the step-great-grandmother of socialites Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

Zsa Zsa’s paternal grandfather was named Salamon Grün.

Zsa Zsa’s paternal grandmother was named 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/Doritya/Dwora/Dvora “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, a Democratic politician, who was a U.S. congressman from California. Zsa Zsa’s grandfather Jónás Tilleman was a brother of Annette’s father, Sebastian Tillemann.

Sources: Genealogies of Zsa Zsa Gabor – https://www.geni.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


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13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

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

    • follers says:

      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.””

  2. cwm85 says:

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

  3. Devotion says:

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

  4. follers says:

    How do you know that he was Jewish?

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