Jolie Gabor

Hungarian-american Socialite + Entrepreneur + Memoirist; Mother of the Gabor Sisters
Born Sep 30, 1896

Jolie Gabor de Szigethy was a Hungarian-American entrepreneur, jeweler, and memoirist, best known as the mother of actresses and socialites Magda, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor.

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1896 Birth Born on September 30, 1896.
Gabor claimed to have been born in 1900 and once jokingly said she had lied so much about her age she didn't remember her actual birth date.


1944 47 Years Old She was forced to close the stores when Hungary was occupied by the Germans, at which time she and other family members fled to Portugal. They were assisted by Dr. Carlos Almeida Afonseca de Sampayo Garrido, Portuguese ambassador to Hungary — Gabor's daughter Magda reportedly was either his aide or his mistress — who provided safe passage to many Hungarian Jews in 1944. … Read More
1945 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On a passenger manifest dated December 30, 1945, Gabor gave her age as 45 years and two months, which would make her year of birth 1900; however this was fudged by four years as her 1896 birth certificate confirms.
1946 49 Years Old She opened a successful costume jewelry business (called simply Jolie Gabor) in New York City in 1946, with $7,200 borrowed from her daughters. … Read More


1950 53 Years Old …  In 1950, Gabor made a cameo as a jeweler in Black Jack.
1955 58 Years Old In 1955, Gabor appeared in The Colgate Comedy Hour.


1957 60 Years Old Published accounts of her third marriage, in 1957, have Gabor stating her age as 54, which would mean a virtually impossible birth year of 1903. (Her first marriage took place in 1914, and her first child Magda was born in 1915.) Author Dominick Dunne stated, in 1995, perhaps in jest, that Jolie Gabor was believed to be 109, which would mean a birth year of approximately 1886.
1960 63 Years Old In 1960, Gabor appeared in The Mike Wallace Interview. … Read More
1987 90 Years Old The 1987 edition of Biographical Dictionary, however, cites Jolie Gabor's birthdate as September 29, 1896, as does the 1959 International Celebrity Register. … Read More
1997 101 Years Old Jolie Gabor was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Eva, although she apparently was never told of Eva's death. She died less than two years later, in Palm Springs, California on April 1, 1997, at age 100. … Read More
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