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Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor dead from heart attack at 99

Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died of a heart attack after a Hollywood career that spanned five decades. The voluptuous former beauty queen was one of the first celebrities to be famous for her celebrity.

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Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died in Los Angeles

Zsa Zsa Gabor, a former Miss Hungary and an actress in film and television over a career that spanned five decades, died Sunday after a heart attack at the age of 99, according to her husband, Frederic von Anhalt.

"Everybody was there. She didn't die alone," an emotional von Anhalt told AFP by phone, choking back sobs.

Born in Budapest in 1917, Gabor was named Miss Hungary in 1936 before moving to the United States.

She began her Hollywood career in the 1950s, appearing in films such as "Lovely to Look At," "Moulin Rouge," "Lili," Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" and camp classic "Queen of Outer Space." She kept acting until late in life, appearing in films and on TV until well into her 70s.

Nine marriages

Gabor had a thick Eastern European accent that was often parodied, especially her signature habit of calling everyone she met "darling" - or "dahlink" as she pronounced it.

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

But Gabor was perhaps better known for her wild love life, with nine marriages to her name. The final marriage was to Frederic von Anhalt was by far the longest, lasting 26 years.

Remembering the actress, "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie posted a clip of Gabor in a tribute on Twitter.

kbd/cmk (dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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