Finding Zsa Zsa

The Gabors behind the Legend

by Sam Staggs

Published by: Kensington

432 Pages, 5.50 x 8.25 in, TWO 16-PAGE PHOTO INSERTS

  • ISBN: 9781496719607
  • On Sale: 01/02/2079
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts

$15.95 (USD)

For decades, the Gabor dynasty was the epitome of glamour and fairy tale success. But as biographer, film historian, and Gabor family friend Sam Staggs reveals, behind the headlines is a true story more dramatic, fabulous, and surprising than their self-styled legend would have you believe . . .

In 1945, after barely escaping Hitler’s invasion of Hungary, three members of the Gabor
family—Jolie, her ex-husband Vilmos, and their daughter, Magda—arrived in New York City. In Hollywood, their other daughters, Zsa Zsa and Eva, had worked feverishly to secure their rescue. Stepping off the boat, Jolie, the iron-willed matriarch, already had a golden future mapped out for her sharp-witted beauties.
Over the next six decades, with twenty-three husbands between them (suave All About Eve star George Sanders would wed both Zsa Zsa and Magda), and roller-coaster rides in entertainment and business, the elegant yet gloriously bawdy, addictively watchable Gabors carved a niche that made them world-famous pop-culture icons. But beneath the glitz was another side to the story they never revealed: the whole truth.
Including never-before-seen photos and new interviews, here is the first verifiable history of the Gabors. From tumultuous family battles and the sisters’ scores of lovers—including Eva’s “bearded” romance with Merv Griffin, and Zsa Zsa's last—unconsummated—marriage to the faux prince Frederic von Anhalt—to the fates of Zsa Zsa’s daughter, Francesca, and of Vilmos, Finding Zsa Zsa is a riveting, bittersweet, affectionately honest read of four women who were vulnerable, tough, charitable, and endlessly fascinating.

“Pop culture buffs will just adore this penthouse view of the Gabors.”
Publishers Weekly