Picks and Pans Review: One Lifetime Is Not Enough
Second husband Conrad Hilton called her Georgia. Courtesy of husband No. 9, she has the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony. She also has been called—unjustly, she claims—gold digger, publicity monger, heartbreaker and, most recently, face slapper.
But as this artfully artless, amusing autobiography (written with Wendy Leigh) suggests, Zsa Zsa has remained, well, Zsa Zsa, the irrepressible Hungarian pastry and sometimes actress who married at 15 (unconsummated) and has not stopped marrying since. (Nine is the current count.) Gabor has been married as briefly as a single day, to playboy Felipe de Alba ("I didn't give it that long," cracked John Huston), and as long as five years. She has married for richer (hotelier Hilton) and poorer (actor George Sanders). She has married for better (industrialist Herbert Hutner, whom she divorced on grounds of "mental kindness") and for worse (inventor Jack Ryan, who had two mistresses and a taste for kinky sex). "I will never be alone," Gabor writes, "because I always have a string of men waiting.... I love being married and I've never had any trouble finding men to marry me."
Her claims would put Geraldo to shame. According to Zsa Zsa, she was pursued by Prince Philip, J. Paul Getty, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley, Lord Mountbatten and H.L. Hunt, who proposed without even an introduction. She slept happily with Sean Connery and Richard Burton, unhappily with Frank Sinatra. She spurned Warren Beatty because he was too obvious, Marlon Brando because he drank, John Kennedy because he was "too promiscuous."
While Gabor has a rather admirable sense of self, she seems, unfortunately, to be completely without irony. She notes with utter earnestness, for example, that she was hesitant about marrying husband No. 9, Frederick von Anhalt, because he had had four previous wives. (Delacorte, $21)