[guest post by JVW]
Zsa Zsa Gabor was born a subject of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in the reign of Emperor Charles IV. The U.S. had not yet entered the First World War. She lived to see her homeland go from monarchy to fascism to communism to democracy. She went through nine husbands (including, briefly, Paris Hilton’s great-grandfather) and she lasted eight decades in the spotlight ever since she was named Miss Hungary of 1936. Gone only about six weeks before she was due to (officially) turn 100. What a life.