Jolie Gabor
Hungarian-American socialite, entrepreneur, memoirist; mother of the Gabor sisters
Jolie Gabor
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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TV repairman details celebrity encounters - The Desert Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
Hunt asked Jolie Gabor, the glamorous, flamboyant mother of the glamorous, flamboyant Gabor sisters, to sign her invoice after he'd finished his repair job. Gabor, the Hungarian transplant, didn't understand the word “signature,” even though Hunt kept
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BOLDFACE NAMES; It's O.K., the Sable All Signed Donor Cards
NYTimes - over 12 years
Many boldface ladies showed up at the furrier DENNIS BASSO's show at Cipriani the other day, but the photographers' favorites appeared to be IVANKA TRUMP and MELANIA KNAUSS, the intended of Ms. Trump's dad, the reality TV star. Ms. Trump and Ms. Knauss were seated in the front row, a few seats from each other. Ms. Trump, who is 22, tall and blond,
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Jolie Gabor
NYTimes - about 19 years
In the 1940's and early 50's, my father had a jewelry store on Madison Avenue, not far from Jolie Gabor's boutique. Jolie and my father had known one another in Budapest, and we frequently had the pleasure of a visit from ''the girls'' and Mama. Their fur coats, lap dogs, perfumes and animated chatter made an indelible impression on me as a
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The Lives They Lived: Jolie Gabor; Mother Dahling
NYTimes - about 19 years
b. 1900 She wanted to be an actress but ended up running a successful costume-jewelry business. Her most stunning achievements, however, were her three daughters, Magda, Eva and Zsa Zsa. In the 1950's, Zsa Zsa Gabor gave a Hollywood party for the son of the Dominican dictator Gen. Rafael Trujillo. To show his gratitude, he sent her a chinchilla
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Gabor Sisters' Lore
NYTimes - almost 20 years
To the Editor: Your April 3 obituary of Jolie Gabor, the mother of Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, reminded me that even she and her husband confused the daughters. Mrs. Gabor's husband once told me one way they told them apart. On my first day working at Paprikas Weiss, the now-vanished Hungarian food store in the Yorkville section on Manhattan's Upper
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Jolie Gabor, Eva and Zsa Zsa's Mother, 97
NYTimes - almost 20 years
Jolie Gabor, the mother of the actresses Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, died on Tuesday. She was 97. Mrs. Gabor was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center here several days ago, said Dale C. Olson, her publicity agent. The family immigrated to the United States from Hungary in the 1930's. By the 1950's, Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor had achieved international
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Madeleine Herling; Philanthropist, 75
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Madeleine Herling, a businesswoman and philanthropist, died on Sunday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She was 75. Besides her home in Manhattan, she had residences in Miami Beach, Zurich and Sao Paolo, Brazil. The cause was complications from leukemia, a spokesman for the family said. Mrs. Herling was owner and president of the Jolie
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THE EVENING HOURS
NYTimes - over 30 years
FOR star watching at its best, it would have been hard to beat the assemblage at the Palladium the other evening. Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Douglas, Madeline Kahn and Jennifer Beals, as well as Calvin Klein and his new bride, Kelly, were among the 1,500 people who piled into the club after a
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WARY MADISON AVE. AWAITS THE LIMITED
NYTimes - over 31 years
Standing outside Isabel Canovas, a two-month-old couture accessories shop on Madison Avenue, its manager, Bimia Picot, scrunched her nose in discreet distaste when questioned about an even more recent arrival, The Limited. On Monday, one of the country's fastest-growing chains of sportswear specialty retailers will open a store at the 62d Street
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THE NEW FURS: SPECTACULAR
NYTimes - over 35 years
Even the weather cooperated to make the Fendi fur show a smash hit the other night; the rain held off until the last model got off the runways built by Bergdorf Goodman around the Pulitzer Fountain. All Thursday long, Bergdorf executives bit their nails and gazed nervously at gray skies. They had already been rained out on Tuesday and there were
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 100
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two months after Jolie's death, her eldest daughter, Magda, died. She had one grandchild, Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca Hilton, who died in 2015. Jolie Gabor de Szigethy is buried in Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California.
  • 1987
    Age 90
    The 1987 edition of Biographical Dictionary, however, cites Jolie Gabor's birthdate as September 29, 1896, as does the 1959 International Celebrity Register.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1930s, Jolie Gabor opened Crystello, a shop selling crystal and porcelain in Budapest, as well as Jolie's, a handmade-costume-jewelry shop at 4 Kígyó utca in Budapest; she also established another branch of her eponymous shop in Győr. Eventually there were five such shops in the Budapest area. The firm's jewels also incorporated semiprecious stones and were admired for their old-fashioned settings and workmanship. "Just like Bulgari is known in Rome, that's how well-known I was in Budapest", Jolie Gabor stated. "Jolie's did so well that at holiday time they were standing outside in line waiting until somebody goes out from the inside." The rise of Nazism in Germany forced her to curtail her retail business, Gabor recalled, "Everybody told, 'Jolie is crazy to go now to Berlin and Leipzig for jewelry.' I never went again."
  • 1960
    Age 63
    In 1960, Gabor appeared in The Mike Wallace Interview.
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  • 1957
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1955
    Age 58
    In 1955, Gabor appeared in The Colgate Comedy Hour.
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  • 1950
    Age 53
    In 1950, Gabor made a cameo as a jeweler in Black Jack.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 49
    She opened a successful costume jewelry business (called simply Jolie Gabor) in New York City in 1946, with $7,200 borrowed from her daughters.
    More Details Hide Details It later moved to 699 Madison Avenue. Gabor also established a branch of the firm in Palm Springs, California. Among the company's designers were Elsa Beck and Stephen Kelen d'Oxylion, as well as her own daughter, Magda. One of the saleswomen was Evangelia Callas, mother of future opera diva Maria Callas. In 1953 the store introduced ornamental metal fingernails studded with rhinestones. In 1975, Gabor signed with the Keene Lecture Bureau as an inspirational speaker on the subjects of beauty and personal empowerment. The jewelry stores were sold by Gabor in the late 1980s to Madeleine Herling (née Magdalena Steingisser), a Hungarian-born businesswoman and philanthropist. Born in 1919 in Budapest and later a resident of São Paulo, Brazil, Herling was a daughter of Sigismund Steingisser and his wife, Frederica (née Pollachek). Gabor lent her name to two books:
  • 1945
    Age 48
    Gabor arrived in the United States on December 30, 1945.
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    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As an article in Vanity Fair stated in 2001, "It was under Sampayo's auspices that the family, which was partly Jewish, had been spirited out of the country. (The girls' grandparents and other family members were killed by the Nazis.)" Her brother, Sebastian, also a jeweler, spent part of the war in labor camps, beginning in 1942, until he and their mother, Franceska, were killed in a bombing raid during World War II.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Age 3
    Her obituary in The New York Times gave a birth year of 1900.
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    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.
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  • 1896
    Born
    Born on September 30, 1896.
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