Eva Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor in Arsenic and Old Lace

Did you know the Gabor sisters appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace as the misguided aunts?  Well, in Chicago in 1975 they did just that!  Now, just because they were playing a couple of old spinsters doesn’t mean that the looked that way.  They dressed younger and apparently Zsa Zsa improved a good bit of the time.  Word is that there was also a lot of feuding going on between them during the production (Zsa Zsa creating and running up charge accounts in Eva’s name).  Still, it would be awesome to see a clip of this if it exists.




Eva Gabor (with Zsa Zsa Gabor) in You Can’t Take It With You

This week’s posts will be light due to personal commitments.  The theme will be Gabors onstage.  Today’s post is a photo of both Eva Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor backstage after a performance of You Can’t Take It With You. 


Eva replaced Colleen Dewhurst in the role of Olga, reuniting her with Eddie Albert for the remaining length of the production.

Coming in April: Estate Auction of Zsa Zsa Gabor

The estate of Zsa Zsa Gabor will be auctioned off  April 13, 2018 at her estate via Heritage Auctions.  Bidding begins on March 23, 2018.   Currently, there are 455 lots listed in the auction and most of them contain multiple items.

Have I been stalking this auction?  Of course! These items belong to Zsa Zsa and quite frankly, she had wonderful tastes.  Many of the pieces are antiques and some have a very colorful history (a dining room table that belonged to Howard Hughes; the gilded piano that original belonged to George Sanders and used in Behind the Candelabra).    Several paintings are listed in the auction, included the gorgeous painting of Jolie that I’ve seen in several books about the Gabors.


One of the things I love, as a fan, is the fact that so many citations and awards are listed in the auction.  I scour the interwebs looking for interviews with Zsa Zsa and I’ve noticed a pattern in most interviews: the hosts want to talk about superficial things and her marriages.  Zsa Zsa will slip in comments about things that matter to her and the hosts will often gloss over it.  One of the comments she slipped in was about these citations.  To see that she kept them and framed them shows a sense of sentimentality.  Just another piece of the puzzle of all things Gabor.

Happy Valentine’s Day – Gabor Style

Have you ever wondered how to get, keep, and lose a man?  I think I may have  stumbled across the answer while searching the web for all things Gabor.  Traveling Boy has an article that references a recipe from Zsa Zsa Gabor called Dracula Goulash.

He quotes Zsa Zsa as saying, “Dahlings, this is the dish I use to catch a man. And if I want to get rid of him I stop making it. It’s one of Hungary’s national dishes and it’s so good that even when you serve it with caviar, your guests will rave about the goulash. Try it, it’s my favorite.”

My significant other is very accepting of my Gabor obsession, usually nodding his head and rolling his eyes as I tell him of the latest tidbits I’ve uncovered.  But when I read him this recipe his eyes watered, his mouth drooled, he hugged me tight and said, “All my favorite things!”

So how do you make this goulash aphrodisiac? Keep scrolling and find out.


  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 3 lbs. stewing pork
  • 3 lbs. stewing beef
  • 2 smoked Hungarian (or Polish) sausages
  • 4 pounds pre-washed sauerkraut
  • a handful of caraway seeds
  • Hungarian red paprika
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley
  • bottle of red wine

Get a big stewing pot.

Finely chop the red onion and saute with olive oil or butter until translucent. Add the pork and beef. Season with salt, pepper and three tablespoons of paprika (you must use Hungarian paprika or don’t bother making this dish).

Turn the meat mixture and cook for 10 minutes. Add more paprika and 1/2 small container of caraway seeds. Pour in a bottle of red wine. Cook out the alcohol.

Wash and drain four pounds of good quality sauerkraut in a colander. Add to the meat mixture, cover and stew for about 2 hours.

Cut sausages into half inch pieces and add to mixture and bring up to heat. Add enough paprika to make the stew red. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Add a cup of sour cream. Stir in and adjust seasonings.

Serve in bowls garnished with sour cream and a little chopped parsley. Serves 10 hungry Americans or 8 dieting Hungarians.

“Dahlings, make sure you serve Dracula Goulash with a rich red wine. In Hungary we serve it with Bull’s Blood wine. And watch out, this dish will stir you man’s blood as well. Enjoy!”

Beautiful Magda Gabor

Today’s post is simply a photo of the beautiful Magda Gabor.  The amount of information I’ve found (so far) on Magda is very limited, but she most definitely deserves her time in the spotlight.  Let me know if you have any links/stories/interviews with Magda.   I’d love to share them with others.


January 24, 1950 – Eva Gabor Makes Her Broadway Debut in The Happy Time

On January 24, 1950, Eva Gabor made her broadway debut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Happy Time, in the role of Mignonette.  The production was staged at the Plymouth Theatre and ran for 614 performances.

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Eva was asked to read for the role by Richard Rodgers after he saw her performance in L’Amour the Merrier on television.  Eva read for the role a few days later at the Majestic Theatre. She then flew to Boston to read for the director, Robert Lewis.

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Eva devotes a whole chapter to The Happy Time in her autobiography, Orchids and Salami.    Her memories of the production are positive.  The cast enjoyed each other and were very supportive of each other on-stage. “Every day was Christmas.  Everyone was helpful, no one was jealous.”

Eva’s program bio lists a few of the stage productions she was in while in Hollywood, including The Farewell Supper, The Play’s The Thing, and By Candlelight.  Eva has an extensive theatrical resume, something that I find completely fascinating.  I would love to have a complete list of her theatrical credits, along with any taped footage that might exist.

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Inside the Playbill is an ad for the Jolie Gabor Pearl Salon, aka mom’s store, featuring a photo of Eva wearing a cultured pearl necklace.  This ad MADE the program for me.  The fact that her mother bought an ad in the program of her daughter’s Broadway debut caused me to laugh out loud.  Jolie was a self-admitted stage mom and she proves it with this ad for her ADULT daughter’s show.  Believe me when I say I am going to use this as a selling point for program ads (if it is good enough for Eva’s mom, then it is good enough for your mom!).

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OTD – Zsa Zsa Gabor Marries Jack Ryan

On January 21, 1975, Zsa Zsa Gabor married inventor Jack Ryan. This was the sixth marriage for Gabor and the second marriage for Ryan. The wedding took place at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Jack Ryan was an engineer and an inventor.  While working with Raytheon he designed Sparrow and Hawk missiles.  Later, when working for Mattel, he created both Barbie and Chatty Cathy.


The couple divorced a year later.  Gabor was quoted as saying, “‘I just couldn’t cope,.  There was also the matter of Jack’s dungeon, a torture chamber painted a sinister black and decorated with black fox fur.  My knight in shining armour, the inhabitant of a fairytale castle … was a full-blown Seventies-style swinger, into wife-swapping and sundry sexual pursuits as a way of life.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1160823/The-curse-Barbie-How-worlds-famous-toy-destroyed-sordid-lives-creators.html#ixzz54sgmvIEW
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