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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 in 1896.
The year of Gabor's birth is murky. She 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 48 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 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On a passenger manifest dated 30 December 1945, however, Gabor gives her age as 45 years and two months, which would mean, if true, she was born in 1899.


1946 50 Years Old She opened a successful costume jewelry business (called Jolie Gabor) in New York City in 1946, with $7,200 borrowed from her daughters. … Read More


1957 61 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1987 91 Years Old The 1987 edition of Biographical Dictionary, however, states that Gabor's birthday was 29 September 1896, as does the 1959 International Celebrity Register. … Read More
1995 99 Years Old 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.
1997 101 Years Old Jolie Gabor was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Eva, although she reportedly was never informed of Eva's death. She died less than two years later, in Palm Springs, California on 1 April 1997; she was believed to be 100 years old. … Read More
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