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Name: Zsa Zsa Gabor                                                                       
Birth name: Sari Gabor                                                                   
Born: 6 February 1917 Budapest, Austria-Hungary                                           
Zsa Zsa Gabor (born February 6, 1917) is a Hungarian-born American actress and           
Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sari Gabor in Budapest, Hungary on February 6, 1917, the           
daughter of Jolie Gabor (nee Tilleman), a manager, and Vilmos Gabor, a soldier.           
She had two sisters, Magda and Éva, both well-known actresses and socialites.           
Gabor's mother was born Jewish and was related to Annette Tillemann, the wife of         
politician Tom Lantos. Gabor was named after the then top Hungarian actress               
Sari Fedak, also called Zsa Zsa because her daughter was unable to pronounce the         
name Sari, which is Hungarian for Sarah. (The Gabors's family name is Hungarian           
for Gabriel; hence, "Sari Gabor," her real name, is Hungarian for "Sarah Gabriel.")       
Following studies at a Swiss boarding-school Gabor won the Miss Hungary beauty           
contest in 1936, but was disqualified for being underage. On a trip to Vienna in         
the same year she was discovered by the famous tenor Richard Tauber and was               
invited to sing the soubrette rôle in his new operetta Der singende Traum ("The         
Singing Dream") at the Theater an der Wien, her first stage appearance. At the           
time she had a romance with a composer named Willi Schmidt-Kentner, according to         
the 1960 "bio-autobiography" Zsa Zsa Gabor, by Gerold Frank.