“I call everyone darling because I can’t remember their names”

My turn to come down with the lergie – which always happens at Christmas when I am running on empty and desperate for a rest.

So instead of our usual post here are a few quotes from Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died at the weekend at the grand old age of 99. She appeared in more than 60 television movies and feature films, but was probably most famous for her self-parodying glamour and nine marriages (who could be bothered?!) mostly to millionaires.

When asked how many husbands she had had: You mean apart from my own? – I Wish I’d Said That! by Kenneth Edwards, 1967.

A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it – Colombo’s Concise Canadian Quotations, 1979.

He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house – on her fifth husband, quoted by Ned Sherrin in Cutting Edge, 1984.

I don’t remember anybody’s name. Why do you think the ‘dahling’ thing started? – Hollywood Wits, K Madsen Roth, 1995.

A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished – Newsweek, 28 March 1960.

Husbands are like fires – they go out when unattended – Newsweek, 28 March 1960.

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back – The Observer, 28 August 1957.




  • Osnat says:

    The original Kardashian but with oodles more of class, humour and style has held a fascination for me for a long time. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m also half Hungarian and Jewish, or that I use the word darling a bit too often, or the passion for custom jewellery we share.
    Obviously not the glamour, nine husbands and movie stardom but on a more personal note I knew her nephew Danny Gabor who lived in Israel, was suffering from a mental illness and passed away a couple of years ago at the age of fifty nine. Danny was a lovely very handsome man who always enquired about his famous aunt who long long time ago tried to help launch his film career in LA. He was the son of Zsa Zsa’s estranged brother the only one who ended in Israel and I believe is still alive and is well into his nineties as well. Her life story apart from capturing the glamour of old Hollywood and incredible entitlement actually masks the misfortunes of a Jewish family forced into exile into different parts of the world and in the process breaking apart.

  • Caroline says:

    The title of your post is awesome. I’m not sure if it’s an age thing, but I just can’t seem to remember the names of new people I am introduced to!

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  • Zsa Zsa Gabor’s witty take on love and marriage is as timeless as it is humorous. Her quip about housekeeping after a divorce particularly resonates, highlighting a pragmatic approach to relationships that one can’t help but admire for its candidness and humor. Her legacy certainly includes a unique blend of humor and wisdom that can bring a smile even when dealing with the most mundane aspects of life.

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