|Died||July 4, 1995 (aged 76)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Other names||Gábor Éva|
|Occupation||Actress, businesswoman, socialite|
|Relatives||Magda Gabor (sister)|
Zsa Zsa Gabor (sister)
Francesca Hilton (niece)
Anette Lantos (cousin)
Eva Gabor ( AY-v? g?-BOR, - GAH-bor; February 11, 1919 - July 4, 1995) was a Hungarian-American actress, singer, and socialite. She was widely known for her role on the 1965-71 television sitcom Green Acres as Lisa Douglas, the wife of Eddie Albert's character, Oliver Wendell Douglas. She voiced "Duchess" in the Disney film The Aristocats, and Miss Bianca in Disney's The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Gabor was successful as an actress in film, on Broadway and on television. She was also a successful businessperson, marketing wigs, clothing and beauty products. Her elder sisters, Zsa Zsa and Magda Gabor, were also actresses and socialites.
Gabor was born in Budapest, Hungary, the youngest of three daughters of Vilmos Gábor (died 1962), a soldier, and his wife Jolie (born Janka Tilleman; 1896-1997), a jeweler. Her parents were both from Hungarian Jewish families. She was the first of the sisters to immigrate to the US, shortly after her first marriage, to a Swedish osteopath, Dr. Eric Drimmer, whom she married in 1939 when she was 20 years old.
Her first movie role was in the US in Forced Landing at Paramount Pictures. During the 1950s she appeared in several feature films, including The Last Time I Saw Paris, starring Elizabeth Taylor; and Artists and Models, which featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. These roles were bit parts. In 1953, she was given her own television talk show, The Eva Gabor Show, which ran for one season (1953-54). Through the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s she appeared on television and in movies. She appeared in one episode of the mystery series Justice and was on the game show What's My Line? as the "mystery challenger." Her film appearances during this era included a remake of My Man Godfrey, Gigi and It Started with a Kiss.
In 1965, Gabor got the role for which she is best remembered: Lisa Douglas, whose attorney husband Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert) decides to leave the "rat race" of city life. He buys a farm in a rural community, forcing Lisa to leave her beloved big-city urban life, in the Paul Henning sitcom Green Acres, which aired on CBS. Green Acres was set in Hooterville, the same backdrop for Petticoat Junction (1963-70), and would occasionally cross over with its sister sitcom. Despite proving to be a ratings hit, staying in the top 20 for its first four seasons, Green Acres, along with another sister show, The Beverly Hillbillies, was cancelled in 1971 in the CBS network's "rural purge"-- a policy to get rid of the network's rural-based television shows.
Gabor later did voice-over work for Disney movies, providing the European-accented voices of Duchess in The Aristocats, and Miss Bianca in The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, as well as the Queen of Time in the Sanrio film Nutcracker Fantasy. She was a panelist on the Gene Rayburn-hosted Match Game. From 1983-84, she was on the Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour starring Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman.
In 1983 she reunited with Eddie Albert on Broadway as the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in You Can't Take It with You. In 1990, she attempted a TV series comeback in the CBS sitcom pilot Close Encounters; the pilot aired as a special that summer, but did not make it to series status. She toured post-communist Hungary after a 40-year absence on an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Eva Gabor was married five times. She had no children:
After her final marriage, Gabor was involved in a relationship with TV producer Merv Griffin until her death. It was rumored that this was a platonic relationship to hide Griffin's suspected homosexuality.
Gabor died in Los Angeles on July 4, 1995, from respiratory failure and pneumonia, following a fall in a bathtub in Mexico, where she had been on vacation. Her funeral was held on July 11, 1995, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills.
The youngest sister, Eva predeceased her elder sisters and her mother. Eldest sister Magda and mother Jolie Gabor both died two years later, in 1997. Elder sister Zsa Zsa died from cardiac arrest on December 18, 2016.
|Opening date||Closing date||Title||Role||Theatre|
|January 24, 1950||July 14, 1951||The Happy Time||Mignonette||Plymouth|
|March 26, 1956||March 31, 1956||Little Glass Clock||Gabrielle||John Golden|
|January 31, 1958||February 8, 1958||Present Laughter||Joanna Lyppiatt||Belasco|
|March 18, 1963||November 9, 1963||Tovarich||Tatiana
(succeeded Vivien Leigh October 21)
|April 4, 1983||January 1, 1984||You Can't Take It with You||The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina
(succeeded Colleen Dewhurst)
|1941||Forced Landing||Johanna Van Deuren|
|New York Town||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|Pacific Blackout||Marie Duval|
|1942||Star Spangled Rhythm||Eva Gabor||Uncredited|
|1945||A Royal Scandal||Countess Demidow|
|1946||The Wife of Monte Cristo||Mme. Lucille Maillard|
|1949||Song of Surrender||Countess Marina|
|1953||Paris Model||Gogo Montaine|
|1954||The Mad Magician||Claire Ormond|
|Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl||Judith Duvall|
|The Last Time I Saw Paris||Lorraine Quarl|
|1955||Artists and Models||Sonia / Mrs. Curtis|
|1957||The Truth About Women||Louise Tiere|
|My Man Godfrey||Francesca Gray|
|Don't Go Near the Water||Deborah Aldrich|
|1958||Touch of Evil||Stripper sitting at bar||Uncredited|
|1959||It Started with a Kiss||Marquesa Marion de la Rey|
|1963||A New Kind of Love||Felicienne Courbeau|
|1964||Youngblood Hawke||Fannie Prince|
|1977||The Rescuers||Miss Bianca|
|1979||Nutcracker Fantasy||Queen of Time|
|1987||The Princess Academy||Countess Von Pupsin|
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Miss Bianca||Voice|
|1951||Tales of Tomorrow||Laura||Episode: "The Invader", an American anthology SciFi series performed & broadcast live|
|1953||The Eva Gabor Show||Herself||Host|
|1954-1955||Justice||2 episodes: "The Blackmailer", and "The Intruder"|
|1957||What's My Line?||Mystery Guest||Season No. 9, Episode No. 12, overall episode #389|
|1959||Five Fingers||Maria Vodnay||Episode: "Station Break"|
|1960-1961||Harrigan and Son||Lillian Lovely||Two appearances|
|1965-1971||Green Acres||Lisa Douglas|
|1968||Here's Lucy||Eva Von Gronyitz||1st season, episode No. 7|
|1969||Wake Me When the War Is Over||Baroness Marlene|
|1973-1982||Match Game||Recurring panelist|
|1975||Tattletales||With husband Frank Jameson|
|Ellery Queen||Magda Szomony||Episode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Episode: "My Late Lover/Sanctuary"|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Renee||Episode: "With This Hart I Thee Wed"|
|1983||The Edge of Night||Cast member|
|1990||Return to Green Acres||Lisa Douglas|
|Close Encounters||Eva Hill|
|1993||The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies||Herself|