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In Pictures: Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Most Glamorous Restaurant Photos

The Hungarian-American actress dined among diamonds and furs

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Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Hungarian-American actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died over the weekend. The New York Times reports that, because of conflicting reports and Gabor’s own secrecy about her age, she was thought to be 99. Though she had a voracious appetite for men, marriage, and mouthing off, she also liked to dine. She was photographed at the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles and New York City throughout her life and career.

Gabor was arguably most famous for being famous. After a few notable roles in films, her rise to notoriety in the 1950s was swift and bolstered by her lavish lifestyle, connections, and marriages to men of means (she was linked to Prince Aly Khan and billionaire J. Paul Getty; and married both hotelier Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders, one after the other). By the 1980s she was as famous for her one-liners — “There is nothing wrong with a woman encouraging a man’s advances, as long as they are in cash.” — as her diamonds and furs. Below, a remembrance of Gabor’s fine taste in restaurants through her long and luxurious life.

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1950: Gabor feeds her then-husband, actor George Sanders, a bite of her food. The two were likely attending a movie premiere.

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1953: Gabor at an event with Sanders, her diamond earrings in tow.

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1954: Gabor toasted her then-lover, Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa, at Czardes Restaurant. The Hungarian restaurant operated on East 79th Street in NYC for more than 40 years and was mourned when it closed in the early 2000s. At the time this photograph was taken, Gabor was newly divorced from Sanders and Rubirosa was cheating on his then-wife Barbara Hutton.

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1954: Gabor at the premiere of Red Garters at Finley's restaurant — owned by late radio broadcaster Larry Finley — on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The restaurant served continental standards of the day like Waldorf salad and steaks.

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1956: Gabor with actors Logan Gourlay (left) and Ronald Shiner (right). Though unclear, the trio may have been drinking at Trader Vic’s, a longtime celebrity haunt in Beverly Hills known for popularizing tiki cocktail culture.

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1957: Gabor with hotel heir Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton (to whom she was once married) and American actor Natalie Wood at Mike Romanoff's Restaurant on Rodeo Drive. Prior to dinner the group attended the premiere of the film Island in the Sun. The restaurant was famous for its celebrity clientele as well as its chocolate soufflé.

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1958: Gabor and shoe store magnate Harry Karl at the Moulin Rouge restaurant and theater — better known as the Earl Carroll Theater — in Los Angeles. The restaurant operated under that name from 1953 until 1964. Everyone at the table is eating fondue.

After the 1960s Gabor was mostly photographed entering and leaving restaurants as photographers were no longer welcome inside the ritziest establishments. Here she is outside legendary Hollywood restaurant Ma Maison, a longtime purveyor of French cuisine, and the restaurant where celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck got his start.

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1987: Gabor at the benefit for United Negro College Fund at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood. The restaurant was famous for attracting a celebrity clientele, and for its chili. Ronald Reagan was a fan and regular at the restaurant before he became president.

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1989: Gabor and her (ninth and final) husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Jimmy’s was named for its owner and maitre’d Jimmy Murphy who served (what was then considered) casual and lighter fair, like Caesar salad, to a clientele of famous names including Gabor’s.

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1993: Gabor with actress Valerie Harper and husband Tony Cacciotti at the grand opening of Harper and Cacciotti's Restaurant: Regina Coeli Ristorante in West Hollywood. The restaurant has since closed.

When she wasn’t dining out, Gabor was apparently making goulash. Here’s the Gabor family’s recipe, printed in 1974 in the Chicago Tribune.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Actress Famous for Her Glamour (and Her Marriages), Dies at 99 [NYT]


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