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Finding Zsa Zsa

The Gabors Behind the Legend
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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For decades, the Gabor dynasty was the epitome of glamour and fairy tale success. But as biographer, film historian, and Gabor family friend Sam Staggs reveals, behind the headlines is a true story more dramatic, fabulous, and surprising than their self-styled legend would have you believe....

In 1945, after barely escaping Hitler's invasion of Hungary followed by "liberation" of the country by the Red Army, three members of the Gabor family - Jolie, her ex-husband Vilmos, and their daughter Magda - arrived in New York City. In Hollywood, their other daughters, Zsa Zsa and Eva, had worked feverishly throughout the war years to secure their rescue from the Nazis' plan to exterminate the Jews. Stepping off the boat, Jolie, the iron-willed matriarch, already had a golden future mapped out for her sharp-witted, cosmopolitan beauties. 

Over the next six decades, with 23 husbands between them (suave All About Eve star George Sanders would wed both Zsa Zsa and Magda), scores of lovers, and roller-coaster rides in film, television, theater, and business, the elegant yet gloriously bawdy, addictively watchable Gabors carved a niche in the entertainment industry that made them world-famous pop-culture icons. But beneath the artifice of Dior and diamonds was another side to the story they never revealed: the whole truth. 

This first verifiable history of the Gabors casts a startling new light on these extraordinary women. Finding Zsa Zsa reveals the tumultuous and often unforgiven battles between mother and daughter, sister and sister, wife and husband; Eva's "bearded" romance with Merv Griffin that allowed them both to seek same-sex lovers; Zsa Zsa's involuntary confinement in a mental hospital; her life-long struggle with bipolar disorder; and her last - unconsummated - marriage to the manipulating faux prince Frederic von Anhalt. Here, too, is the untold story of Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca Hilton, a gifted photographer who eschewed the Gabor lifestyle and paid a sad price for her independence. The story of family patriarch Vilmos Gabor, who returned to Hungary only to be trapped behind the Iron Curtain, plays like a Cold War spy thriller.

Culled from new interviews with family, colleagues, and confidantes, and the unpublished memoirs of the author's friend Francesca Hilton, Finding Zsa Zsa finally introduces fans to the Gabor family they never knew. It's a riveting, outrageously funny, bittersweet, and affectionately honest listen of four women who were vulnerable, tough, charitable, endlessly fascinating, and always glamorous to a fault.

©2019 Sam Staggs (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Terrible

Ridiculous listing of pr type hype and atrocious reader - lousy accents and overly dramatic recitations. I couldn’t stand it and had to return. Should be negative 4 stars if available

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Book was so good!

What a great story! There is so much interesting stuff in it! The narrator, however, sounded like a robot but the story is so good you get used to it.

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Interesting, slightly flawed

While I did enjoy the book and find it to be quite believable, unlike much Gabor lore, the performance was dry and droning. There was more opinion on the main subject than is appropriate for a biography, and political commentary totally irrelevant to the story and inappropriate to a record that may be referenced for the main content long after that commentary is no longer relevant.

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Love, love, love the Gabors

Thorough, detailed, and perfectly narrated this book covers the life of the Gabors sisters and mother. Although late in life Zsa Zsa was portrayed as a joke on TV her determination, chutzpah and fearlessness made her a legend.

Great book, i highly recommend it. It will be hard to put down.

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Exactly what I wanted

I love the Gabors and have wanted to read a proper, RELIABLE, biography on them for awhile now, but none seemed to exist...so I was very excited for this book, and it did NOT disappoint!!!