Magda Gabor

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Magdolna "Magda" Gabor (circa 1915 – June 6, 1997) was a Hungarian-born actress and the sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor.



Magda's exact birth date is not known. Some sources have cited it as June 11, 1915 or June 11, 1914. Other sources have cited July 1, 1914 and July 10, 1915. The Social Security Death Index-listed date of June 11, 1918 is impossible as this would make her younger than her younger sisters when she was known to be the eldest sister.

Personal life

The daughter of Vilmos Gábor (1884–1962), a soldier, and Jolie Gábor (1896–1997), she was married six times, but had no children.[1]

  • 1937–1946: Jan Bychowski, RAF pilot, said to have been a Polish count. (divorced)
  • 1946–1947: William Rankin (divorced)
  • 1949–1950: Sidney R. Warren (divorced)
  • April 1956–1967: Anthony Gallucci (his death)
  • December 5, 1970 – January 1971: George Sanders, British actor (and Zsa Zsa's ex-husband) (Sanders' and Magda's union lasted only six weeks) (divorced)
  • 1972–1973: Tibor Heltai (last husband) (divorced)

Magda Gabor was said to have been like her father Vilmos, red-haired, fierce-tempered, intellectual and interested in literature. In 1937, Magda married a Pole, Count Jan Bychowski, who joined the RAF during the war. She reportedly was involved with a Portuguese ambassador to Budapest and was engaged to him. Her relationship with the Ambassador helped save the lives of 240 Jewish families during World War II and the Holocaust.[citation needed]

She then traveled to the United States with her mother and father, joining her youngest sister, Eva, who had arrived in the United States in 1939. Magda's younger sister Zsa Zsa later said of Magda's arrival in America:

"Magda, tall, slim, with green eyes, speaking eleven languages, a horsewoman and a brilliant tennis player, also started acting, winning parts in a variety of different plays."

Magda Gabor died on June 6, 1997 from renal failure just two months after the death of her centenarian mother.


  • Gaborabilia, by Anthony Turtu and Donald F. Reuter, Three Rivers Press, 2001. ISBN 0-609-80759-5


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