“I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.” – Zsa Zsa Gábor
“Beautiful vomen with no talent hate me. But all the actors seem to enjoy vorking with me – and besides I can’t help it if every man I meet vants to marry me.” – Zsa Zsa Gábor
Source (and accent): Erskine Johnson in 1952.
“A girl must marry for love and keep on marrying until she finds it.” — Zsa Zsa Gabor
Photo: Wallace Seawell (1953)
“When you see a man you want, just propose to him. That’s how I got my first two husbands. But to keep a husband, you must fight. If you don’t fight, it’s not love.” — Zsa Zsa Gábor
Photographer: Wallace Seawell (1953)
“You know, I’m in favor of large families. I believe every woman should have at least three husbands.” — Zsa Zsa Gábor
Source: Erskine Johnson (1957)
Photo: Wallace Seawell (1957)
Queen of Outer Space (1958)
“I like my men rough and rugged but when they fall in love with me they seem to change – they become kind of sweet and boring.” – Zsa Zsa Gábor in 1958
Zsa Zsa Gábor and Hollywood ghost writer Gerold Frank in a publicity still for her 1960 book, Zsa Zsa Gábor: My Story, Written for Me. Photo by Philippe Halsman.
As a ghost writer, Frank had co-written I’ll Cry Tomorrow with Lillian Roth, Too Much, Too Soon with Diana Barrymore, and Beloved Infidel: the Education of a Woman with Sheilah Graham. However, he negotiated an exclusive writing credit for Gábor’s book (thus ending his ghost writing career). Afterwards, he went on to write the novel The Boston Strangler and the bestselling Judy Garland biography, Judy.
Three years after Gábor’s book was published, Frank spoke flatteringly about her to reporter Jim Bishop. “She is always a step ahead of other women,” Frank said. “Just before sack dresses came into style, Zsa Zsa wore sack dresses. When wigs became popular, Gábor was ready to quit wearing them.”
Bishop writes: “In one afternoon and evening, according to Gerold, Miss Gábor will will rehearse a song, answer 20 phone calls, tell part of her life story, water the garden, read press clippings from Spain, Hungary, France and the U.S., take the dogs to the doctor, undress, bathe, dress, appear on T.V. and show up at a nightclub looking dewy fresh.”
Baring her soul, however, was another matter. In their first meeting, Frank requested that she be prepared to tell him everything. Gábor reportedly broke into laughter before saying, “No woman tells all. Not all.”