As 2016 winds down, the entertainment community has lost yet another beloved icon. Zsa Zsa Gabor, who became more famous for her "darling" catch phrase and her multiple marriages than her actual film career, passed away at the age of 99. Early reports reveal that the celebrity suffered from an apparent heart attack, and was rushed to an unspecified hospital where she was pronounced dead. Zsa Zsa Gabor's death comes just two months before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.
TMZ was the first to report on the actress' death, which comes after suffering from a number of ailments over the past few years. Her husband Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt would reportedly throw annual birthday parties for his wife over the past few years, but his wife was so sick during these parties that visitors weren't even allowed in her bedroom to see her. In 2011, she had her right leg partially amputated after it became infected, and in 2002, she was in a car accident when the car she was riding in struck a utility pole in West Hollywood, California. There were reports that the actress, then 85 years old, had slipped into a coma, but those reports were proved false.
Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári Gabor in Budapest, Hungary, named after Hungarian actress Sari Fedak. Her parents were both from Jewish families, and Zsa Zsa studied at a Swiss boarding school in the 1930s, before following her sister Eva Gabor to Hollywood in the 1930s. Her mother Jolie Gabor managed to escape from Nazi-occupied Budapest in the 1940s, also settling in the U.S. The late actress made her feature film debut in 1952's Lovely to Look At, alongside Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton, followed by We're Not Married with Ginger Rogers, also debuting in 1952. That year also brought her first starring role in Moulin Rouge alongside Jose Ferrer, with rumors spreading that she had been given a hard time by director John Huston. After Moulin Rouge!, she started going back to supporting roles in films like Lili (1953), 3 Ring Circus (1954), Death of a Scoundrel (1956) and The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958).
She then started appearing in films as herself, such as 1960's Pepe and 1967's Jack of Diamonds, while also playing Minerva in two episodes of the 1960s Batman TV series. The beloved celebrity's fame also started to grow through numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, starting with host Jack Paar from 1958-1962, where she made 20 appearances, and another 16 appearances for host Johnny Carson between 1963 and 1970. Among these appearances is a famous episode in 1964 where she ripped off Johnny Carson's pants during a sketch. She continued to appear in other films and TV shows as herself throughout the 1980s, including an episode of Knots Landing, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and the TV movie Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse.
Her appearance in the 1991 comedy sequel The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear poked fun at a 1990 incident which saw her do time in jail. After a June 1990 incident where she slapped a Los Angeles cop, when she didn't know her license tags were expired, she served three days in jail, and was sentenced to complete 120 hours of community service. Her fame grew even more after that incident, playing herself in her final film and TV appearances in the 1990s, The Beverly Hillbillies movie in 1993, episodes of Empty Nest and Cybil in 1994 and 1995, and A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. She received a lifetime achievement awards from the Cinerockom International film Festival Awards in 2015. Zsa Zsa Gabor is survived by her ninth and final husband, Frédéric von Anhalt, who celebrated their 30th Anniversary earlier this year. Among her other husbands were Conrad Hilton, the grandfather of Paris Hilton and George Sanders.