Eva Gabor

Active - 1941 - 2010  |   Born - Feb 11, 1919 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary  |   Died - Jul 4, 1995   |   Genres - Comedy, Adventure

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Best known as the Gabor sister with talent, actress Eva Gabor began her career as a cabaret singer and ice skater in her native Hungary. Forced to emigrate to the U.S. at the outbreak of World War II, Gabor was able to secure film work in mystery-woman parts in such films as Forced Landing and Pacific Blackout (both 1941). The actress didn't truly achieve star stature until her Broadway appearance in The Happy Time (1950), though, curiously, she wasn't called upon to appear in the 1952 film version. Gabor's movie career, in fact, remained rooted in supporting roles, such as one of Vincent Price's victims in The Mad Magician (1954) and as Liane d'Exelmans in the Oscar-winning Gigi (1958). Like her sister Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva has accrued plenty of press coverage thanks to her multiple marriages, but, unlike Zsa Zsa, Gabor has managed to stay off the police blotter -- except for a 1964 incident in which she was nearly killed fighting off a couple of vicious diamond robbers. Gabor's best-loved public appearances were manifested in her five-year run as Lisa Douglas on the popular TV sitcom Green Acres (1965-1970). Contrary to the Gabor Sisters' image of contentiousness, Eva was well liked on the Green Acres set by both co-star Eddie Albert and director Richard Bare, who had nothing but praise for her professionalism and comic timing. Gabor proved she hadn't lost her touch in 1990 when the inevitable Green Acres two-hour revival movie made its way to television. She died in 1995.

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  • Emigrated to the United States in 1939 and made her Hollywood debut just two years later in the feature film Forced Landing.
  • Made her Broadway debut in the 1950 Rodgers and Hammerstein production The Happy Time.
  • Had a Las Vegas nightclub act along with her two sisters, Zsa Zsa and Magda, in 1953.
  • Was the host of a short-lived television talk show entitled The Eva Gabor Show. 
  • Was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.
  • Cofounded and chaired an eponymous wig and fashion company.