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Zsa Zsa Gabor, the 'dahlink' of Hollywood, dies aged 99

By PA Reporters

Hollywood actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at 99.

She passed away at her home yesterday afternoon.

The Hungarian-born star was better known for her many marriages than her work on-screen.

She first married at the age of 20 and for the last time when she was nearly 70 to the man who outlived her.

Current husband Frederic von Anhalt said: "Everybody was there. She didn't die alone."

The late Michael Winner, who directed her in the 1976 film Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, said she largely played a thinly-veiled version of herself.

US chat show host Larry King said: "There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear."

I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden tweeted: "Rest in peace Zsa Zsa Gabor. She and her sisters were lovely ladies who were always fun and delightful to be around."

Born in Hungary, Zsa Zsa emigrated to the US during the Second World War and made her Hollywood debut in 1952. She was married nine times.

She appeared in more than 70 films, but was more famous for her lifestyle.

"I call everyone 'dahlink' because I can't remember their names," the socialite once said.

By her own account she was only married eight-and-a-half times - she said she didn't really count a Spanish duke in 1982.

Born Sari Gabor in Budapest on February 6, 1917, the future starlet was immediately nicknamed Zsa Zsa by her family.

Though she had initially wanted to be a vet, her mother had other ideas - and her beauty soon saw show business beckon.

Gabor was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, but was later disqualified for lying about her age to enter the pageant.

Her resume includes a long list of roles in such hit films as Moulin Rouge, Lili and Arriverderci Baby.

Her only child was Constance Francesca Hilton, her daughter with hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, who was born in 1947.

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