Magda Gabor

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Magda Gabor
Magdagabor.jpg
Born Gábor Magdolna
(1915-06-11)June 11, 1915
Budapest, Austria-Hungary (present-day Budapest, Hungary)
Died June 6, 1997(1997-06-06) (aged 81)
Palm Springs, California
Cause of death
Renal Failure
Occupation Actress, socialite
Years active 1937–91
Spouse(s) Jan Bychowski
(1937–46)
William Rankin
(1946–47)
Sidney Robert Warren
(1947–50)
Arthur Gallucci
(1956–57)
George Sanders
(1970–71; annulled)
Tibor Heltai
(1972–73)
Parents Jolie and Vilmos Gábor
Relatives Zsa Zsa Gabor (sister)
Eva Gabor (sister)

Magdolna "Magda" Gabor (June 11, 1915 – June 6, 1997)[1] was a Hungarian-born actress and socialite, and the elder sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor.

Background[edit]

The eldest daughter of a jeweler, Jolie (1896–1997),[2] and a soldier, Vilmos Gábor (1884-1962), she was born in 1915 in Budapest.[3] Of Jewish descent, she is listed in Hungary: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives, under her first married name, as Magda Bychowsky.[4] She stood 5'6" tall with red hair and gray eyes.[4]

During World War II, Gabor was reported to have been the fiancée of the Portuguese ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Carlos Almeida Afonseca de Sampayo Garrido; another source claims she was his mistress and another claims she was his aide.[5][6][7] After she fled to Portugal in 1944, following the Nazi occupation of Hungary, and, with Sampayo's assistance, she was reportedly the mistress of a Spanish nobleman, José Luis de Vilallonga.[8]

Gabor arrived in the United States in February 1946, from Natal, Brazil. Within a year of her arrival she married an American (see below) and remained in the country.[4]

Marriages[edit]

Gabor married six times. She was divorced five times, and one marriage was annulled. All the unions were childless. Her husbands, in chronological order, were:

  • Jan Bychowsky (1937 – 1946; divorced) reportedly a Polish count and RAF pilot. Jan was born in 1902 and died in 1944.[9][10]
  • William M. Rankin (1946 – August 11, 1947; divorced) an American playwright and screenwriter (The Harvey Girls, among other films); they divorced in Los Angeles in 1947. He was born on March 31, 1900 and died in March 1966.[11]
  • Sidney Robert Warren (July 14, 1949 – 1950; divorced) an attorney. They married in Riverhead, Long Island, New York in 1949, and divorced the following year.[12]
  • Arthur Gallucci (April 1, 1956 – 1957; divorced) the president of Samuel Gallucci & Son, "one of the oldest building contracting concerns in the United States".[13][14][15] They wed in Franklin, New Jersey. He died of cancer in 1967.[16]
  • George Sanders (December 4, 1970 – February 1971; annulled) a British actor, who had previously been married to Zsa Zsa Gabor. They married in Riverside, California[17]
  • Tibor R. Heltai (August 5, 1972 – 1975) an economic consultant who became a real-estate broker. They married in Southampton, New York in 1972, separated in June 1973 and divorced two years later in 1975.[17]

Death[edit]

More than three decades after suffering an incapacitating stroke, Magda Gabor died on June 6, 1997, from renal failure, two months after the death of her mother,[18] and was interred in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.[19]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Anthony Turtu and Donald F. Reuter Gaborabilia, Three Rivers Press, 2001; ISBN 0-609-80759-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ The birth year of 1915 is cited in Hungary: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives, an online database (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008) and accessed on ancestry.com on December 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Date of birth was 30 September 1896, although most sources cite 29 September, but the 30 September date and and her name at birth as "Janka" not "Jansci" are supported by her birth certificate (see image)
  3. ^ Hungary: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives, an online database (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008)
  4. ^ a b c The online database is based in Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc. (2008); information accessed at http://www.ancestry.com on December 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Relationship with Dr. Carlos Almeida Afonseca de Sampayo Garrido cited in "The Most Wives Club" article in Palm Springs Life (1996)
  6. ^ Relationship with Dr. Carlo de Sampayo also mentioned in an interview with Magda's sister, Zsa Zsa, as cited in Vanity Fair
  7. ^ Zsa Zsa Gábor: my story, written for me by Gerold Frank (World Publishing Co., 1960), p. 161.
  8. ^ Paul Preston, Doves of War: Four Women of Spain (UPNE, 2002), p. 106.
  9. ^ Jan Ryszard Bychowski's career is cited in Poland Fights: Issues 53–76; (NY: American Friends of Polish Democracy, International Coordination Council, Polish Labor Group, 1944), and in Le Gouvernement polonais en exil et la persécution des juifs en France en 1942 (Cerf, 1997), pp. 208, 217.
  10. ^ Gabor gave her name as Magda de Bychowsky and her marital status as divorced on a February 11, 1946 airline passenger manifest, accessed on ancestry.com, December 30, 2011; according to this form, she had left her city of residence (Lisbon, Portugal), where she lived at 17 Buenos Aires, and arrived in New York City to visit her family.
  11. ^ "The Billboard", August 23, 1947, p. 53.
  12. ^ "Mrs. Magda Gabor Married", The New York Times, July 15, 1949
  13. ^ "Arthur Gallucci, Contractor Here; Chief of Building Concern, Active in Charities, Dies", The New York Times, January 24 1967.
  14. ^ "Magda Gabor Weds in Jersey", The New York Times, April 2, 1956.
  15. ^ Jolie Gabor, with Cindy Adams, Jolie Gabor (Mason/Charter, 1975)
  16. ^ "Arthur Gallucci, Contractor Here—Chief of Building Concern, Active in Charities, Dies", The New York Times, January 24, 1967
  17. ^ a b "Notes on People", The New York Times, February 19, 1975.
  18. ^ "Glamour and Goulash". Vanity Fair. July 2001. 
  19. ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362. 

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