Quotations from Zsa Zsa Gabor's 1991 book "One Lifetime Is Not Enough."
On life in Budapest: "The family led a life filled with grace and charm. There were vacations at our house on the shores of Lake Balaton, excursions in our Mercedes, parties glittering with beautiful women and dashing men, waltzing together under the flickering light of our crystal chandeliers."
"As a teenager, I preferred the company of boys to girls, focusing always on the most indifferent male and flirting with him until he became my slave."
On living in America: "It seemed to me that although I was still so young, I had already lived many lifetimes. Now I was in America, becoming American; dyeing my blond hair a rich American red; learning to drive a compact American car; and discovering that American men with money seemed to think that every girl in the world belonged to them."
On marrying Conrad Hilton: "Conrad's decision to change my name from Zsa Zsa to Georgia symbolized everything my marriage to him would eventually become. My Hungarian roots were to be
ripped out and my background ignored. ... I soon discovered that my marriage to Conrad meant the end of my freedom. My own needs were completely ignored: I belonged to Conrad."
On her first television appearance: "I couldn't even go out on the streets of Los Angeles without being mobbed by crowds of fans. It had all happened so quickly — as everything in my life seems to happen."
On her three-year marriage to businessman Herbert Hutner: "Herbert took away my will to work. With his kindness and generosity, he almost annihilated my drive. I have always been the kind of
woman who could never be satisfied by money — only excitement and achievement."
"All in all — I love being married. I love the companionship, I love cooking for a man (simple things like chicken soup and my special Dracula's goulash from Hungary), and spending all my time with a man. Of course I love being in love — but it is marriage that really fulfills me. But not in every case."
"I never really mind what people say about me — I am far too unconventional and far too dedicated to being true to myself to let other people's disdain or nastiness upset me for long."
On surviving: "All my life, I have been a positive thinker...I have always been able to survive by telling myself that no matter how bad things are, they will one day be better. And that out of every event — no matter how tragic — one can always find a way to survive and even, perhaps, to be a little bit happy."