Released on CBS on September 15, 1965, Green Acres was an American sitcom that starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. The series follows the married couple, Oliver and Lisa Douglas, who live in New York. Oliver works as a successful attorney with dreams of owning his own farm, and the couple leaves their New York penthouse against Lisa’s wishes and relocates to a small farmhouse in the country. The show was successful during its almost decade-long run and is still a favorite of many who watched when it was on the air. Check out these lesser-known facts some Green Acres fanatics might not even know!
The Program Was Based On A Radio Show
Much like other television shows coming out around the same time, Green Acres got its start in radio as a show called “Granby’s Green Acres.” The radio show had the same concept, following an ex-banker who turned into a farmer, although he was much better at his previous profession.
The radio show was short-lived, only airing for seven weeks during the summer of 1950. However, this was to the benefit of the radio show’s creator, Jay Sommers, who brought it back to television over a decade later.
Both Stars Reflected Their Characters
As it turns out, stars Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor both had a little bit of their character inside of them. Albert had turned his front yard into a cornfield in which he worked, and had a greenhouse where he grew organic vegetables.
On the other hand, Eva Gabor owned numerous animals including cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and more. However, she also apparently had an urban side to her like her character, showing her animals off at parties, and was completely unaware when her rabbits had multiplied.
The Theme Song Was Written By A Famous Composer
The Green Acres theme song is memorable for being incredibly catchy and fitting for the show. This is no surprise, however, considering that it was written by no one else other than Vic Mizzy, who is best known for his work as a composer for television and films. His most famous works came from sitcoms of the 1960s and 70s.
Green Acres was one of his most popular along with The Addams Family, among many others. The theme song also marked the first time the stars of the show performed the theme song.
There Was No Improvising
Whether it be television or film, most actors ad-lib at one point or another, it’s something that happens naturally. While most directors will either let this slide or encourage it, that wasn’t the case on the set of Green Acres.
According to Albert, “There was no time to improvise on that program […] it was so well written, it would be impossible to improve on it. We never changed a word. I’ve never been in anything before or since that I didn’t want to monkey with a sentence here or something. But not a word there.”
The Show Was Based On True Events
Although the concept of a successful lawyer living in Manhattan picking up everything and trying to save a failing farm might seem a little out there, the show was based in reality.
In an interview, show creator Jay Sommers commented that “I got the idea from my stepfather when I was a kid […] He wanted a farm in the worst way and he finally got one. I remember having to hoe potatoes. I hated it. I won’t even do the gardening at our home now, I was so resentful as a child.”
Albert Didn’t Appreciate Gabor’s Elaborate Feather Outfits
Eddie Albert was a known environmentalist and at one point politely asked Eva Gabor if she could refrain from wearing outfits adorned with countless feathers while onscreen. When Gabor protested, Albert stated that he didn’t want any of the female fans to copy her style, resulting in the deaths of more birds.
She responded that “feathers don’t come from birds,” so Albert asked her where she thought they came from. She answered by saying, “Dahlin. Pillows! Feathers come from pee-lowz!”
There Were Numerous Easter Eggs
Although they weren’t shoved in the viewer’s faces, there were several small Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the show. In one episode, regarding Lisa’s lack of skill in the kitchen, she reminds Oliver, “When you married me, you knew that I couldn’t cook, I couldn’t sew, and I couldn’t keep house. All I could do was talk Hungarian and do imitations of Zsa Zsa Gabor.” Ironically, Zsa Zsa is Eva Gabor’s real-life sister.
There are also several references to The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, both shows that were produced and written by Green Acres executive producer, Paul Henning. At one point, the couple even puts on a local production of the show.
There Was A Reunion TV Movie
After the success of the original series, it only felt right to bring the show back one last time. So, in 1990, a TV movie was released titled Return to Green Acres. The film is set twenty years after the original series after Oliver and Lisa have moved back to New York but are no longer satisfied there.
Coincidentally, the people of Hooterville ask the Douglas’ to return to the town in order to prevent it from being destroyed by a developer.
It Was Cancelled During The “Rural Purge”
Unfortunately, for the showrunners, actors, and audiences, Green Acres was canceled in 1971 after running a solid run of six years. However, it wasn’t the only show to have its airtime revoked in 1971.
According to Pat Buttram, who played Mr. Haney, that was “the year CBS canceled everything with a tree.” It became known as the “rural purge,” which led to the demise of shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Mayberry R.F.D and Hee Haw.
The Location Of Hooterville Is Still Unknown
Although we know that Oliver and Lisa originally lived in Manhattan, New York, before moving to the rural town of Hooterville, audiences never learn the actual location of the town. Since the show is semi-based on Sommers’ life, some believe that it’s located in Greendale, New York, where he once spent time on a farm.
However, at one point in the series, Mr. Haney states that the town is about 300 miles from Chicago. It also doesn’t help that the characters’ accents are all over the place.
Mr. Haney Is Based On Elvis Presley’s Manager
While on the set for the film Roustabout, actor Pat Buttram, who plays Mr. Haney, met Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. Landing the part of Mr. Haney just a year later, he revealed that he used Parker as an inspiration for his character.
If that’s the case, it’s clear that Buttram must not have had the best encounter with Parker considering that Haney is considered to be a slimy and dishonest salesman. He eventually even has plans to destroy the town.
Eddie Albert Was A Firm Believer In The Premise
Starring as Oliver Douglas, Eddie Albert had apprehensions about television before Green Acres, proclaiming that the medium was “geared to mediocrity.” However, after his agent pitched him the idea for Green Acres, he was on board with the show.
On the show’s premise, he stated, “Swell; that’s me. Everyone gets tired of the rat race. Everyone would like to chuck it all and grow some carrots. It’s basic. Sign me […] I knew it would be successful. Had to be.” Turns out he was right!
Hank Patterson Was Almost Completely Deaf
Hank Patterson, who played Fred Ziffek was almost completely deaf by the time he accepted the role on Green Acres. Even though this made things more complicated at times, he was so popular with the rest of the cast as well as audiences, CBS knew that they had to keep him on the show.
Of course, they used a series of tricks to help Patterson say his lines. One of these was having a dialogue coach lie on the ground out of sight, who would tap him on the leg with a yardstick when it was time to say his lines.
People Began To Appreciate The Show Again In The 1990s
During the 1990s, Nick at Nite brought the show back onto the air advertising it as “It’s not stupid … it’s surrealism!” Albert agreed with this slogan telling People, “A professor once told me students see it as surrealistic […] The comedy is like Pickwick Papers or Gulliver’s Travels or Voltaire. It’s so far out that it becomes truth, deep truth.”
There may be more Green Acres to come as well! A book was written for Broadway in 2012 and rumors of a movie began circulating around the same time. Not much has been heard since then, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been canceled.
Arnold Ziffel Was The Pig They Treated Like A Son
Arnold Ziffel was a hilarious addition to the series. Although he was clearly a pig, the couple treated Arnold like he was their son. He’s a pampered pig who lives indoors and apparently, can understand English– they even send him off to school!
While everyone else treats him like a boy, Oliver refuses to treat the pig like a human. However, he hilariously slips up on this and ends up treating him like a kid as everyone else.
Oliver And Lisa Had Great Chemistry For A Reason
One of the great aspects of the show was the incredible chemistry between Oliver and Lisa. However, this was no coincidence, because in real-life Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor were very close platonic friends.
This made their relationship on-screen a breeze to portray and made their love for each other on the show very convincing. When Gabor passed away in 1995, Albert took her death extremely hard considering they were great friends and had worked together for so many years.
Neither Stars Were The First Pick For Their Roles
Surprisingly, neither Albert or Eva were the first choices to star in Green Acres. Eddie Albert was only offered the part after actor Don Ameche turned it down. In turn, Marsha Hunt and Janet Blair both did screen tests for the role of Lisa Douglas, but in the end, Paul Henning decided to cast Eva Gabor for the role.
However, this was against the advice of CBS who warned him that audiences would have a hard time understanding her thick Hungarian accent.
Issues With Ralph Monroe
Alf and Ralph Monroe are two constantly bickering “brothers” who worked as carpenters. However, it is revealed that Ralph is actually Alf’s sister who is played by the female actress Mary Grace Canfield.
Alf claims that they dress Ralph up as a boy because they wouldn’t be able to get jobs if people knew that she was a woman. This ended up becoming a problem between the CBS executives who argued that viewers, particularly men, would have a hard time believing a woman could work a blue-collar job.
There Was A Terrible Rumor About Arnold The Pig
Arnold, the pig, was a fan-favorite as well as a staple of the show. The cute animal provided countless comedic moments and has even been described as “the true star of Green Acres.” However, when the show came to an end, audiences were curious about what happened to Arnold.
On one occasion, when Tom Lester, who played Eb Dawson, was asked about Albert, he replied that they cooked and ate him at the luau-themed wrap party. Many people were horrified upon hearing this, although it later was proven to be false.
Sam Drucker Believed In Oliver
Actor Frank Cady played the character of Sam Drucker, who is the only character to appear in both Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. Drucker acts as the storekeeper, as well as a newspaper editor, fire department volunteer, and the postmaster, among other roles.
Drucker is a hard-working, straight-shooting man, and is the only character who encourages and agrees with Oliver’s decision to move to rural America. The other characters often made fun of his bald head, but Drucker was okay with it.
The Gabor Sisters: A Little Background
The Gabor sisters came from a Hungarian-Jewish background. Their father was Vilmos Gabor and he served as a major in the Hungarian Army and their mother, Jolie Gabor, was the heiress to a jewelry empire.
Magda was born in 1915, Zsa Zsa in 1917 and Eva in 1919. If they had remained in Hungary they might never have caught anyone’s attention but that wasn’t what fate had in store for them – they fled Hungary during World War II as a family and headed for the safety of American shores. Their route to freedom was not a simple one.
Arriving in America
Jolie Gabor and the majority of the family left Hungary in 1944 but they didn’t arrive in America until December 1945 as they made their way across war-torn Europe. Magda Gabor didn’t make it until the middle of 1946. She was already engaged in a minor scandal in Hungary where her “friendship” with Carlos Sampaio Garrido, the Portuguese ambassador, was under increasing scrutiny.
Rumors of an affair, followed by speculation of an official engagement, set tongues wagging but there’s never been any official proof that she was more than an aide to Carlos in his duties.
The Talent Of Attracting Men
While the girls grew up in Budapest Hungary, they were raised by their mother Jolie. Jolie was determined to give her daughters a good life. She was said to have recognized the beauty her daughters possessed, ironically her own name meaning pretty in French, and taught them how to attract wealthy men.
Apparently, Jolie also owned and operated a successful brothel. It was through her business that allowed her and her daughters to move to the United States in 1946, which was at the height of WWII. At this time, eldest daughter Magda had already begun her career as an actress and she and her two sisters planned to continue the career in Hollywood.
The Matriarch, Jolie Gabor
In the same way that Kris Jenner is said to be domineering her famous daughters’ careers, so did Jolie Gabor. In fact, some might go so far as to say as she paved the road for momagers as we know them.
Jolie believed that if she trained her daughters in things that rich people were accustomed to doing, her daughters would also become rich. However, she certainly did not want her daughters to be completely submissive to a man, but rather hold their own as an equal. Jolie once said, “When you can support yourself, you can choose your husbands. You have not to be the slave of a rich man.”
How To Land A Man According To Jolie
Although Jolie guided her daughters and was certainly a product of her time, she was also a bit ahead of her time. She did not believe that women existed solely for the benefit of men but rather women could engineer their own lives. According to Jolie, she believed that women could pick their own husbands if they were successful on their own.
She also said in order to “catch” a husband and to have a successful marriage you must have, ”Beauty to capture, brains to hold. Brains are important because if a man is just looking for beauty, he can buy a beautiful painting. Then a good disposition. A nagging wife can kill a husband. A marriage is something between two, and I always feel much sorry for a man to make a bad marriage than a woman because he has to pay for it. In money, I mean. And two made the mistake.” So make from that what you will.
More Scandal for Magda
Magda had been married to Jan Bychowsky in Hungary in 1937 and her “affairs” with Carlos Sampaio Garrido took place until his death in 1944. However, when she fled Hungary – she is reputed to have shacked up with a Spanish nobleman along the way Jose Luis de Vilallonga.
It didn’t take long to shake off the Spanish influence in New York and within a few months of her arrival in America, she took her second husband – William M. Rankin – who was a playwright and screenwriter.
Magda Marries Again and Again
Magda wasn’t content to stop with one American husband and by July, 1949, she was walking up the aisle once again. This time she was back in New York and marrying Sidney Robert Warren who was a practicing attorney. Magda must have been practicing at marriage because by 1950 they were divorced.
She then went on to marry Arthur “Tony” Gallucci. He was the president of Samuel Gallucci and son, one of America’ oldest contracting companies in the building trade. They proved to be a good match and only parted company after he passed away from cancer in 1967.
And There’s More for Magda
Magda went into mourning following the loss of Arthur Gallucci and it would be 3 years before she married again. It’s important to remember that a single divorce was a scandal in that time but what came next was a huge shock to the world.
Magda married George Sanders, a British actor, who had previously been married to her sister Zsa Zsa! We can only assume it was family pressure that led to the annulment of their union a single month later.
Eva Enters the Limelight
Magda had only briefly graced the silver screen and only in her native Hungary but her sister Eva was to become a minor star and help to propel the family name and all its dirty laundry into the public eye.
Her debut performance came in the Paramount Pictures motion picture, Forced Landing. The film is not particularly memorable except as a vehicle for Eva Gabor. It was a firm “B movie” grade action flick, based on an imaginary tale of air force heroism, and Gabor’s acting is particularly poor in her screen breakthrough. However, it still spawned two sequel movies.
Eva Briefly Becomes the 1950s Oprah Winfrey
Eva, despite her acting career’s rocky start, was too attractive to be kept off screen and in 1953, she was given an opportunity to bring celebrity news and gossip to the nation in the form of The Eva Gabor Show.
It was a chat show but rather more limited in scope and format than the vehicle which would send Oprah Winfrey into every living room in the land. Instead, Eva had a mere 15 minutes a week on screen and had to interview a series of celebrity guests. The show didn’t last and was quickly canned in 1954.
Eva and Green Acres
Eva finally broke through into the mainstream and the memory of the American public in 1965. She starred in Green Acres a sitcom that had been produced as a “sister” to the successful Petticoat Junction. Both shows aired on CBS.
Green Acres was a hit. It ran for six years and was never poorly rated. Unfortunately, for all of the cast and not just Eva, it was to fall victim to the “rural purge” of CBS in 1971. CBS felt that it was time to shift the focus of American television to urban settings and shows like Green Acres, set in rural landscapes, were simply axed to make room for new shows whether they were performing or not.
Eva Voiced Some Of Your Fav Cartoons
In addition to being well known for being on shows like Green Acres, Eva also voiced the characters of some of your favorite cartoons. She voiced the part of The Duchess in the famous 1970 Disney film, The Aristocrats as well as the voice of Miss Bianca in both The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.
Eva was certainly the part of many people’s childhoods without them even knowing it! Eva continued to appear in various sitcoms throughout the 1980s including The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Hart to Hart. The Rescuers Down Under was actually one of her very last film roles before her death in 1997.
Eva’s Love Life Was Also Rocky
Eva wasn’t married quite as many times as her sister Magda but it was a close-run thing. Eva’s first marriage came in 1937 in London to Eric Valdemar Drimmer, a Swedish masseur and osteopath.
The couple divorced in 1942 in Los Angeles. It wasn’t a happy ending to the marriage and Eva claimed in an interview that the divorce was because, “I wanted to have babies and lead a simple family life but my husband objected to me having children.” In 1943 Eva claimed her second husband, Charles Isaacs, an investment broker. They divorced in 1949.
Eva Marries Thrice More
In 1956, it was the turn of John Elbert Williams M.D., a practicing plastic surgeon, to tie the knot with Eva. He was even less successful than his predecessors and the marriage lasted less than a year before ending in divorce.
Eva found a longer-lasting form of love in the form of Richard Brown, a textile manufacturer, and their marriage ran from 1959 to 1973 before the courts let the couple go their separate ways. Her final marriage in 1973 was to Frank Gard Jameson Sr., a vice president of Rockwell International. They parted ways in 1983 but not before Gabor had become stepmother to his children.
Zsa Zsa Gabor Begins Her Rise To Fame Early
Of the three Gabor sisters, by far the most famous was Zsa Zsa Gabor. While her sisters’ marriages were minor scandals, Zsa Zsa’s prominence in the public eye meant that her every move was scrutinized and nearly every move that she made was reported everywhere around the world.
Her fame began in Hungary where she was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She had also appeared on the stage in an operetta, after being discovered by Richard Tauber, a famous tenor of the time. The operetta was called “The Singing Dream” (Der Singende Traum) at the Theater an der Wien and was widely praised at the time.
The Queen of the Scandal
Zsa Zsa’s marital exploits put her sisters in the shade. She was married an incredible 9 times! Once she was asked, “How many husbands have you had?” She responded, “You mean other than my own?” She began by marrying Burhan Asaf Belge, a leading Turkish intellectual and eventual member of the Turkish National Assembly in 1937 and they would divorce in 1941.
She went on to marry Conrad Hilton in 1942 and said of their marriage, “I soon discovered that my marriage to Conrad meant the end of my freedom. My own needs were completely ignored: I belonged to Conrad.” Not surprisingly – they parted in 1947.
Two More Husbands
George Henry Sanders, the English film and TV actor, who would also end up married to Zsa Zsa’s sister for a single month came next in 1949. They appeared together in the movie Death of a Scoundrel in 1956 a year after their divorce.
Sanders would come to a tragic end and committed suicide in 1972 with an overdose of barbiturates. His death would once again draw scandal to the Gabor name. Her next husband 1962-1966 was Herbert Hutner, a banker, attorney, and philanthropist. Their marriage came to an end because Zsa Zsa claims that he was too good to her and she almost lost her drive because of it.
More Husbands for Zsa Zsa
“I am a marvelous housekeeper: Every time I leave a man I keep his house,” Zsa Zsa once quipped, and it wasn’t far from the truth. She married Joshua S. Cosden in 1966 and it was barely a year before they divorced in 1967. Then came Jack Ryan, strangely famous in his own right as the inventor of Mattel’s Barbie doll (which might even have been inspired by Zsa Zsa Gabor,) in 1975. He was back on his own in 1976.
Then she took up with Michael O’Hara and they lasted a rather more substantial six years before divorcing in 1983.
The Briefest Marriage Of Them All
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s marriage to the Mexican attorney Felipe de Alba, may have been one of the briefest periods of wedlock in history. They were married on April, 13, 1983 and the marriage was dissolved by annulment on April 14, 1983. The reason? It turned out that the paperwork to end her previous marriage to Michael O’Hara hadn’t been processed properly and she wasn’t legally allowed to marry Felipe.
It was probably a good thing for Felipe’s wallet as the couple would break up soon later and he moved to New York City where he lived until he died in 2005.
A Happily Ever After, At Last
Zsa Zsa Gabor finally hit a permanent relationship with her ninth husband, the German-American entrepreneur Frederic Prinz von Anhalt. The “von Anhalt” of his name is a German title which he bought by paying the Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt to formally adopt him as her heir.
Amusingly, he would repay the favor by adopting 10 male heirs, each of whom would pay him $2 million for the privilege. Despite this being illegal in Germany. He wed Zsa Zsa in 1986 and the couple remained married until that she passed away in 2016. He appears to have loved her very much, although some questioned his intentions.
A Questionable “Prince”
Frederic Prinz von Anhalt is strange enough to warrant his own slide. Before Zsa Zsa Frederic was married an astounding seven times, and was also known for his flamboyant lifestyle. Many people as though he was taking advantage of Zsa Zsa, especially in her later years.
In addition to purchasing a “royal” title, Frederic also once claimed to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby daughter Dannilynne, after Anna’s tragic drug overdose death. He even allegedly gave DNA in order to be tested to see if he was the father. Although, this was clearly not the case, it seemed as though the spectacle of it all excited him enough. Frederic’s love of the limelight is what made those close to Zsa Zsa and even her fans, eyed him with suspicion.
Zsa Zsa’s Only Child
Despite being married nine times, Zsa Zsa’s only had one child, Constance Francesca Hilton. According to her autobiography, Francesca was conceived when Conrad Hilton, her husband, forced himself on Zsa Zsa.
Zsa Zsa and Conrad would divorce before Francesca was even born. Francesca went on to tell the LA Times in 2007 that she spent the holidays with her father as well as the occasional upscale lunch, but the two by no means were close. In fact, when he passed away in 1979, he only left her a mere $100,000 out of his $200 million estates, with the majority of the money going to his charity.
Francesca Challenges The Will
Following her father’s death, Francesca sued to challenge the will but lost in court. During the same time, her half-brother, Barron Hilton, also challenged the estate in probate court but he walked away with voting interest and income rights over the majority of Hilton Hotel corporate stock.
Since he was already acting as CEO of the company, he dramatically increased the value and holdings of the Hilton empire. He eventually became a Forbes 400-ranked billionaire. He later announced that his estate plan, like his father’s, would leave the large majority of his holdings to charity when he dies.
Francesca Tries To Make Ends Meet
Unlike her rich niece, Paris Hilton, Francesa stopped enjoying the support of wealthy parents decades ago. As a result, she tried to make ends meets in a variety of ways. From acting and stand-up comedy to working for her father’s charitable foundations, she tried her hand at a number of jobs.
Meanwhile, she sat back and watched her mother get married six more times after her father before she would eventually settle down with Frederic Prinz von Anhalt in 1986.
Francesca Vs. Frederic
Once Zsa Zsa fell into ill health, Francesca began to butt heads with Frederic. Zsa Zsa began to become more and more incapacitated by her health issues including having full blown dementia and being unable to speak. Francesca accused Frederic of withholding her mother from her.
Ultimately, Francesca passed away shortly before her own mother of an unexpected stroke. At this point, Frederic even attempted to claim her body. However, the medical examiner in Los Angeles denied him the right. Ultimately, her body was claimed by Barron Hilton, her half-brother, and the Hilton family laid her to rest.
Francesa Works Odd Jobs
Despite her rocky upbringing, Francesa managed to have a somewhat successful career in show business. She stared in A Safe Place in 1971, which featured Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles, and Jack Nicholson. Three years later in 1974, she had a small role in The Gravy Train, which starred Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest.
Following her roles on the big screen, Francesca worked as a photographer in the 1980s before working at her late father’s foundation. She made a career shift in 2008, trying her hand at comedy. She was a regular performer at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.
Francesca Passes Away In 2015
Sadly, Francesca passed away on January 5, 2015, at age 67. She died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a major stroke. Her stepfather fought to take possession of her body but was rejected by the Los Angeles coroner, so she remained in a morgue until her half-brother, Barron, was given her body.
At the time of her death, Zsa Zsa was 98 years old and suffering dementia. She was unaware that her daughter had even passed away. Zsa Zsa died just the following year.
Zsa Zsa’s Glamorous Mugshot
In true socialite fashion, Zsa Zsa, of course, took one of the more glamorous mugshots we’ve seen. The socialite was arrested on June 14, 1989, in Beverly Hills, California after slapping a police officer.
It’s not exactly easy to look pulled together under those harsh fluorescent lights of the slammer. But with her hair perfectly teased and coifed, statement jewelry and that slightly mischevious look, Zsa Zsa pulls it off. We can help but be reminded of similar socialite mugshots of the early 2000s and beyond from Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Khloe Kardashian and more.
Zsa Zsa Cries In Court
Although her mugshot may have been glamorous, Zsa Zsa’s charges were still serious. She was not only accused of slapping police officer Paul Kramer in the face after he stopped her for a traffic violation, but she was also driving without a license and with an open container of alcohol.
The Hungarian actress had a full flask of Jack Daniel’s in her $215,000 Rolls-Royce when she drove away from the traffic stop. Although she may have been a socialite, she didn’t get off scot-free.
The Slapper Goes To The Slammer
On July 27, 1990, Zsa Zsa started her three-day sentence. She was photographed wearing a large orange sweatshirt at the El Segundo city jail after starting her sentence imposed by Beverly Hills Municipal Judge Charles Rubin last October of 1989.
Zsa Zsa’a lawyer, Harrison Bull, was able to make special arrangements for the actress so she could serve her time under an El Segundo program that charged $85 a day for a cell and food for prisoners who qualify for a weekend jail program. She was released on July 30, 1990.
Met By Fans And Media Crew Outside The Jail
Bull escorted Zsa Zsa to the city jail as she surrendered. Although it was supposed to be confidential, when the pair arrived, they were met by photographers, reporters, television crews, and fans of the actress. Reports show that there 40 or so media crew alone outside.
Amidst the sea of media crew, Zsa Zsas’ fan showed up to the city jail to show their support. In the photo above, you can see that fans made homemade signs protesting the actress’s sentence.
Posing For The Camera In 1953
One thing socialites have in common is that it seems like they have an endless stream of stunning photos of them—typically looking effortlessly stunning—and leaving us wondering who takes all of these amazing pictures of you?
This is very much true of today’s socialites who post a slew of posed photos of themselves looking amazing all over their social media feeds. While this black and white film photograph of Zsa Zsa predates any social media by a few decades, it still reminds of the socialists today…with much more old-school glamour.
Zsa Zsa’s Signature Pose 40 Years Later
Four decades later and Zsa Zsa was still looking effortlessly stunning while rocking her signature laid-back pose. Only this time, she is pictured poolside at her Bel Air Mansion.
Here, Zsa Zsa was 75 years old but still looks amazingly youthful. We can’t help but be reminded of the countless celebrities who have posed for similar photographs poolside at their lavish homes. This was just three years after her run-in with the law where she served three days in jail. Although the experience was hard on the socialite, it set her on a better path.
Three Generations Of Gabors
In this iconic photograph, three generations of Gabors gather in the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria, circa 1955. This black and white portrait captured a rare moment of family togetherness.
From left to right: (top row) Madga (1919 – 1997), ‘Mama’ Jolie (1894 – 1997) and Eva Gabor (1919 – 1995); (bottom row) Zsa Zsa and Papa (Vilmos) Gabor and Francesca Hilton, age 8, Zsa Zsa’s daughter with Conrad Hilton. Surprisingly, Francesca is the only child from the combined 20 marriages of the three Gabor sisters.
Zsa Zsa Lived Life In The Fast Lane
Zsa Zsa may have been known for her nine husbands, but she also had an impressive collection of exquisite automobiles. In fact, the actress owned more cars than she did husbands!
Here, Zsa Zsa poses with a new Rolls Royce in April 1978 in Los Angeles, California. In true Zsa Zsa fashion, her cars had tons of personalizations. From etched windows to a golden crust of lavish paint, automotive Hollywood legend George Barris tailored a special car for her to show off during the 1978 Auto Expo.
Zsa Zsa’s Other Exquisite Rides
Zsa Zsa owned a slew of other cars that were especially over the top, but not all of them were purchased by her. Her is Zsa Zsa pictured with her Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. This luxury vehicle was gifted to her by Porfirio Rubirosa. Rubirosa was a Dominican diplomat, racing car driver, and a polo player. He wanted to show Zsa Zsa his appreciation after she showed his nephew around Hollywood.
Aside from Sophia Loren, Zsa Zsa had one of the most enviable Mercedes around. This gift turned out to be a great investment for Zsa Zsa too as the cars easily sell for more than $1 million today
Zsa Zsa’s Studebaker Lark
Although not nearly as glamorous as a Rolls Royce or Mercedes-Benz, Zsa Zsa also drove a Studebaker Lark, which is worth mentioning. The Studebaker Lark was produced for just seven years from 1959 to 1966 in Southbend, Indiana.
Zsa Zsa appeared in a commercial for Studebaker Lark, in which she hilariously showcased the car’s numerous features. Taking the viewer on a “tour” of the car, she shows how the flat, carpeted floors won’t break your high heels and how the vanity helps you ensure your makeup is always perfect.
Zsa Zsa’s Other Love: Her Dogs
Zsa Zsa may have had nine husbands, but her real love was her dogs. The actress has numerous poodles and Shih Tzus and has said in interviews that she loved to throw parties for her pups, during which she would even make hot dogs for them on her beloved hot dog machine.
In August 2011, the last of Zsa Zsa’s dogs passed away and the actres was heartbroken. In an interview, her husband told reporters: “The last of my wife’s dogs died recently, Macho, her little Shih Tzu. A couple years earlier, her other two Shih Tzus, Ruby and Zolan died. We can’t have any more dogs around the house because there’s so many nurses and help coming and going.”
She Was Superstitious
Zsa Zsa was known for her striking beauty and over the top personality. She was always seen dressed to the nines, wearing fabulous clothes and donning beautiful makeup.
But the star had her share of beauty regimens—some of which may be considered quite unusual. Apparently, the late actress would religiously cook a goulash recipe that included ginger snaps in it. She claimed that it was one of her secrets to healthy, glowing skin. Another one of her secrets? Zsa Zsa said numerous times that she ate a single piece of green pepper every day to stay youthful. It may have worked too, since she lived to be 99 years old.
Eva Passes Away
The first Gabor sister to die was the youngest, Eva. Eva had always felt that her reputation as the “good Gabor” wasn’t an accurate portrayal of her character and that she had caused every bit as much of a stir as her two older sisters. Although she professed her strong love for her sisters, too.
She broke her hip in a fall on June 21, 1995, and was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai medical center the same day. On the 4th of July, Eva passed away due to complications from the fall, multiple infections and respiratory problems. She was 74 years old.