Zsa Zsa Gabor
If anyone invented “famous for being famous,” it was Zsa Zsa Gabor. Back in the 1950s, the Hungarian actress and socialite parlayed a pretty face, a pile of diamonds and a series of high-profile romances into a half century of headlines. She was married nine times, including to hotel mogul Conrad Hilton and Oscar-winning actor George Sanders. Zsa Zsa’s most scandalous romance was with international playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, who left millionaire heiress Barbara Hutton for her. The relationship finally ended after a fight in Las Vegas: Zsa Zsa held a press conference at the New Frontier, telling how a besotted “Rubi” had given her a black eye—hidden by a black velvet eye patch to coordinate with her leopard-print gown. In 1953, Zsa Zsa also headlined the Riviera with her sisters Eva and Magda in an act in which the three stood around in glittering gowns, exchanging bon mots about l’amour. She also went on to headline at the Flamingo and Vegas World. “Don’t expect me to sing, don’t expect me to do anything and then you’ll be happy,” she once said of her Vegas gigs. All she had to do was be famous.