They were born in Budapest, Hungary to Vilmos and Jolie Gabor. The family moved to New York in the wake of World War II. Magda had played a small role in a Hungarian film before the war, so Jolie and her three daughters decided to move to Hollywood to break into the movie business.
Their claim to fame, perhaps beyond their acting careers, is that of serial matrimony: They are known for their numerous marriages. Magda was married six, Zsa Zsa eight (or nine; one marriage was illegal and annulled), and Eva five times. British actor George Sanders was married first to Zsa Zsa and later to Magda.
- Brown, Peter H (1985). Such Devoted Sisters: Those Fabulous Gabors. St Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-77498-2.
- Turtu, Anthony; Reuter, Donald F (2001). Gaborabilia. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-609-80759-5.