Magdolna "Magda" Gabor (circa 1915 - June 6 1997) was a Hungarian-born American entertainer and elder sister of actresses Zsa Zsa Gabor 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
. No one believes the years of 1918 or 1919 that she assigned herself, which would have made her younger than her younger sisters, Zsa Zsa Gabor
and the late Eva Gabor
Magda was married six times, but had no children.
- 1937-1946 - Jan de Bichovsky, RAF pilot, said to have been a Polish count.
- 1946-1947 - William Rankin
- 1949-1950 - Sidney R. Warren
- 1956-1967 - Tony Gallucci
- 1970-1971 - George Sanders, British actor [and Zsa Zsa's ex-husband] (Sanders' and Magda's union lasted only six weeks)
- 1972-1973 - Tibor Heltai (Last Husband)
Magda Gabor was said to be much like her father Vilmos, because she had his red hair, his fierce temper, superintellectual and was very much interested in literature. In 1937 Magda married a Polish count
, Count Jan Behovsky
, who joined the RAF during the war and in 1946 was shot down.
She was then involved with a Portuguese ambassador
and became engaged to him. Considered fearless and courageous, Magda's relationship with the Ambassador helped her save the lives of two hundred and forty Jewish families during the Second World War. She then traveled to America with her Mother and Father, joining her two younger sisters Zsa Zsa and Eva.
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
- Gaborabilia, by Anthony Turtu and Donald F. Reuter, Three Rivers Press, 2001. ISBN 0-609-80759-5