Five Years After Her Death, Zsa Zsa Gabor is Finally Buried

Thursday July 15, 2021

Zsa Zsa Gabor in the 1950s
Zsa Zsa Gabor in the 1950s  (Source:Associated Press)

Five years after her death, the "urn containing the ashes of the legendary actress, who was renowned for her diamond-studded glamour, witty quips and nine marriages, travelled in first class from Los Angeles via London and Berlin before arriving in Budapest," writes the Daily Mail.

Her last husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, said it was her request to be buried in Hungary. He was married to the glamorous celebrity from 1986 until her death aged 99 in 2016.

In 2017 there was a controversy over where Gabor should be buried. Von Anhalt, who had possession of her ashes, insisted that he had planned to bury her in Hungary, but her "former publicist, Edward Lozzi, said the star bought a plot at Westwood Village Park Memorial Cemetery next to her sister, Eva Gabor, and her daughter, Francesca. He says Gabor's ashes were supposed to be interred there right after the funeral," the Associated Press reported at the time.

"Her ashes were finally laid to rest in a prominent cemetery on Tuesday alongside other famous Hungarian actors, writers and poets, in a ceremony where a gypsy band played and her favourite yellow and pink roses were on display," writes the DM.

Zsa Zsa Gabor and her last husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt,  (Source: Associated Press)

Von Anhalt transported the urn in first class. It sat in its own seat and he also brought along Gabor's passport. "It was her last trip, she always used to go first class, she had her champagne, caviar...," he said.

"And then we arrived in Budapest... That's what she wanted and that's what she had in her last will. She definitely wanted to be in Budapest because her father is buried here too."

Gabor, the DM adds, "Gabor, one of the last stars of Hollywood's golden age, would address people as 'dah-link' in her thick Hungarian accent.  Along with her two sisters, she became a fixture on Hollywood's social circuit in her prime. After a string of television work and odd parts in movies, her big break came with a starring role in 'Moulin Rouge' in 1952 opposite Jose Ferrer, and Lili in 1953.   But she was arguably better-known for her string of marriages to wealthy men, her irrepressible personality and glamorous socialite lifestyle."

Vanity Fair writes: "Gabor was born into a wealthy Hungarian family and named Miss Hungary in the 1930s. But as World War II swiftly approached, she and her two sisters, Eva and Magda, fled the country for the US, leaving behind her first husband, a Turkish diplomat whom she married at 15. 'She did a lot for Hungarians, be it for those who fled after the 1956 uprising, or during the polio epidemic, and she did not do those things because she wanted to get into the news,' von Anhalt said. Once they landed in Los Angeles, all three sisters became silver screen stars with Gabor going on to appear in over 30 films."

While living, Gabor kept her age a secret, prompting gossip columnist Cindy Adams to quip: "the only way you can tell the age of a Gabor is from the rings around their gums."