Monday, December 19, 2016

To Absent Friends - Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor

The headline that streamed across the Internet announcing the death of 99 year old Zsa Zsa Gabor yesterday said it all:

"Zsa Zsa Gabor, Famously Famous, Dies at 99."

Yes, sixty years before the Kardashian sisters turned Being Famous for Being Famous into a multi-million dollar industry, Zsa Zsa Gabor beat them to it.  Of course, being a C-list actress with an exotic first name and an intriguing Hungarian accent in the 1950's and -60's didn't earn you millions in an era before there were Social Media and TV Reality shows, so Zsa Zsa made her bones by getting mentioned in Earl Wilson columns, appearing endlessly on the Merv Griffin Show, and marrying and divorcing with astonishing frequency.

Whenever I think of Zsa Zsa Gabor, which I admit isn't often, I recall a television commercial from the late Sixties or early Seventies (and I regret to say that I could not find it on YouTube, dammit!) for Midas Muffler, wherein Zsa Zsa gets a new muffler on her car, looks into the camera and lasciviously says "If you need and new muffler, dahling, go to Midas and tell them Zsa Zsa sends you."

Get it?

RIP Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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