June 11, 1915
June 6, 1997
Place of Death:
Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California
Cause of Death:
Desert Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Magda Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite, and the elder sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor. Magda is most remembered as the beautiful, vivacious, red-headed socialite with a thick Hungarian accent, her six marriages and her attempt to be an actress. She was known for her roles in Mai lányok (1937), Tokaji rapszódia (1937) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). She was married to Tibor Heltai, George Sanders, Tony Gallucci, Sidney R. Warren, William Rankin and Jan de Bichovsky.
The Gabor Sisters loved marriage and they did it many, many times and Magda was no different with six marriages. She was widowed twice, divorced three times, and one marriage was annulled. All the unions were childless. Her husbands, in chronological order, were:
- Jan Bychowsky (m. November 19, 1937 – May 22, 1944; his death), a reputed Polish count and RAF pilot. Gabor gave her name as Magda de Bychowsky and her marital status as divorced on a February 11, 1946 airline passenger manifest, accessed on ancestry.com, December 30, 2011; according to this form, she had left her city of residence (Lisbon, Portugal), where she lived at 17 Buenos Aires, and arrived in New York City to visit her family.
- William M. Rankin (m. December 3, 1946 – August 11, 1947; divorced) an American playwright and screenwriter (The Harvey Girls, among other films); they divorced in Los Angeles in 1947. He was born on March 31, 1900 and died in March 1966.
- Sidney Robert Warren (m. July 14, 1949 – 1950; divorced) an attorney. They married in Riverhead, Long Island, New York in 1949, and divorced the following year.
- Arthur “Tony” Gallucci (m. April 1, 1956 – January 22, 1967; his death), president of Samuel Gallucci & Son, “one of the oldest building contracting concerns in the United States”. They wed in Franklin, New Jersey. He died of cancer in 1967.
- George Sanders (m. December 5, 1970 – January 6, 1971; annulled) a British actor, who had previously been married to her sister Zsa Zsa. They married in Riverside, California.
- Tibor R. Heltai (m. August 5, 1972 – 1975; divorced) an economic consultant who became a real-estate broker. They married in Southampton, New York in 1972, separated in June 1973 and divorced two years later in 1975.
Final Resting Place:
Desert Memorial Park
31-705 Da Vall Drive
Cathedral City, California, 92262
Grave Location:Section B-8, Plot 125
Grave Location Description
As you drive through the gates proceed straight ahead approximately 100 feet (look for the B-8 sign). Frank Sinatra is 4 spaces from the road and the oldest Gabor sister is just a little further into the open lawn area.
Grave Location GPS33.816936626, -116.442024031
Read More About Magda Gabor:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The Gabor Sisters: Everything to Know About the Hollywood Trio’s Money, Marriages and Madness
- The Gabor Sisters: Beauty, Wealth, and Marriages
- The Kardashians have nothing on the Gabor sisters
- The Most Wives Club
- Magda Gabor’s extravagant Palm Springs estate is looking for a buyer
- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's life and her famous one-liners
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