Magda Gabor

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The native form of this personal name is Gábor Magdolna. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Magda Gabor
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Born Magdolna Gábor
(1915-06-11)June 11, 1915
Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died June 6, 1997(1997-06-06) (aged 81)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of death Renal failure
Resting place Desert Memorial Park
Occupation Actress, socialite
Years active 1937–1991
Spouse(s)
  • Jan Bychowski
    (m. 1937–44; his death)
  • William Rankin
    (m. 1946; div. 1947)
  • Sidney Robert Warren
    (m. 1947; div. 1950)
  • Tony Gallucci
    (m. 1957–67; his death)
  • George Sanders
    (m. 1970; ann. 1971)
  • Tibor Heltai
    (m. 1972; div. 1975)
Parent(s) Jolie and Vilmos Gábor
Relatives Zsa Zsa Gabor (sister)
Eva Gabor (sister)
Constance Francesca Hilton (niece)

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

Background[edit]

The eldest daughter of a jeweler, Jolie (1896–1997),[1] and a soldier, Vilmos Gábor (1881-1962), she was born in 1915 in Budapest. Her parents were both from Jewish families.[2][3][4] She is listed in Hungary: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives, under her first married name, as Magda Bychowsky.[5] She stood 5'6" tall with red hair and gray eyes.[6]

During World War II, Gabor was reported to have been the fiancée of the Portuguese ambassador to Hungary, Carlos Sampaio Garrido;[7] another source claims she was his mistress and another claims she was his aide.[8][9][10] After she fled to Portugal in 1944, following the Nazi occupation of Hungary, and, with Sampaio's assistance, she was reportedly the mistress of a Spanish nobleman, José Luis de Vilallonga.[11] Gabor arrived in the United States in February 1946, from Natal, Brazil. Within a year of her arrival she married an American citizen, William Rankin, and remained in the country.[5]

Marriages[edit]

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

  • Jan Bychowsky (m. 1937–1944; his death), a reputed Polish count and RAF pilot. Gabor gave her name as Magda de Bychowsky and her marital status as divorced[why?] 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.
  • William M. Rankin (m. 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.[12]
  • Sidney Robert Warren (m. July 14, 1949–1950; divorced) an attorney. They married in Riverhead, Long Island, New York in 1949, and divorced the following year.[13]
  • Arthur "Tony" Gallucci (m. April 1, 1956– January 1967; his death), president of Samuel Gallucci & Son, "one of the oldest building contracting concerns in the United States".[14][15][16] They wed in Franklin, New Jersey. He died of cancer in 1967.[17]
  • George Sanders (m. December 5, 1970–January 6, 1971; annulled) a British actor, who had previously been married to her sister Zsa Zsa. They married in Riverside, California[18]
  • Tibor R. Heltai (August 5, 1972 – 1975; divorced) 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.[18]

Death[edit]

Magda Gabor died on June 6, 1997, five days before her 82nd birthday, from renal failure, two months after the death of her mother,[19] and was interred in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

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 Hungarian-Jewish Family Tree of Zsa Zsa Gabor - Nick Gombash's Genealogy Blog". 
  2. ^ "Reflecting on the life of Zsa Zsa Gabor". August 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jews in the News: Bonni Tischler, Steven Spielberg and Vilmos Gabor - Tampa Jewish Federation". 
  4. ^ Bennetts, Leslie. "It's a Mad, Mad, Zsa Zsa World". 
  5. ^ a b The online database is based in Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc. (2008); information accessed at http://www.ancestry.com on December 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Gabor's physical attributes are stated on a February 11, 1946 airline passenger manifest, also accessed at Ancestry.com on December 30, 2011.
  7. ^ conVistaAlMar.com.ar. "Dr. Carlos Almeida Afonseca de Sampayo Garrido". 
  8. ^ Relationship with Dr. Carlos Almeida Afonseca de Sampaio Garrido cited in "The Most Wives Club" article in Palm Springs Life (1996)
  9. ^ Relationship with Dr. Carlo de Sampaio Garrido referenced during an interview with Magda's sister, Zsa Zsa, as cited in Vanity Fair
  10. ^ Zsa Zsa Gábor: my story, written for me by Gerold Frank (World Publishing Co., 1960), p. 161.
  11. ^ Paul Preston, Doves of War: Four Women of Spain (UPNE, 2002), p. 106.
  12. ^ "The Billboard", August 23, 1947, p. 53.
  13. ^ "Mrs. Magda Gabor Married", The New York Times, July 15, 1949
  14. ^ "Arthur Gallucci, Contractor Here; Chief of Building Concern, Active in Charities, Dies", The New York Times, January 24, 1967.
  15. ^ "Magda Gabor Weds in Jersey", The New York Times, April 2, 1956.
  16. ^ Jolie Gabor, with Cindy Adams, Jolie Gabor (Mason/Charter, 1975)
  17. ^ "Arthur Gallucci, Contractor Here—Chief of Building Concern, Active in Charities, Dies", The New York Times, January 24, 1967
  18. ^ a b "Notes on People", The New York Times, February 19, 1975.
  19. ^ "Glamour and Goulash". Vanity Fair. July 2001. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Magda Gabor at Find a Grave

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