How Zsa Zsa and the Gabor Girls Paved the Way for Today's Starlets

Before Paris and Nicky, before the Kardashian clan, three sisters wrote the book on how to turn socialite status into legitimate stardom (sans sex tape):

Zsa Zsa, Magda and Eva Gabor.

They married a motley crew of men, they hammed it up on game shows, they slapped cops. Had they had their heydey in the age of TMZ, they would have attracted a bigger pack of paparazzi than Lindsay Lohan.

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With Zsa Zsa out of a Los Angeles hospital and at her Bel Air, California home, where her publicist said she wants to spend her final days, the sun may be setting on the last living member of the Hungarian-American trio. But the legacy they established continues to burn brightly: without the Gabors, well-born beauties wouldn't enjoy the 15-plus minutes of fame they do today.

Below, five rules the Gabors wrote on how to parlay prettiness into permanent star-status.

1. Get Married, a Lot

Think today's stars fall in and out of love with abandon? They're pratically convent-worthy compared to Zsa Zsa. She's been married a mind-boggling nine times -- seven of those ended in divorce, one was annulled. Many of them, like her current husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, and hubby No. 2, Hilton hotels founder Conrad Hilton (she really was destined to inspire his great granddaughters), came from money. Gabor once famously quipped, "I want a man who is kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?"

Zsa Zsa Gabor with Conrad Hilton, 1957.

The marrying streak ran in the family. Middle sister Magda tied the knot six times -- once to an ex-husband of Zsa Zsa's, British actor George Sanders. Eva, the youngest of Gabor girls, took five trips down the aisle.

2. Lock Down at Least One Outlandish Husband

Having a partner capable of scoring his own press takes pressure off a socialite/wannabe star. Zsa Zsa's husband von Anhalt had been married six times before he settled down with her in 1986. But according to him, their love couldn't curb his libido: in 2007, he claimed to have had a decade-long affair with the late Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith and declared that he have been be the father of her baby daughter. Paternity tests later proved him wrong.

That same year, police found von Anhalt naked in the back seat of his Rolls Royce Phantom after he claimed three women mugged him at gunpoint and made off with jewelery, his car keys, $1,800 and, of course, his clothes.

Age hasn't dulled the man. In Feburary of this year, the 65-year-old von Anhalt threw his hat into the ring of the California governor's race. On his agenda: legalizing marijuana and prostitution, lifting the import ban on Cuban cigars, then taxing all three.

Zsa Zsa Gabor with Prince Frederic von Anhalt, 1993.

3. Appear As Often as Possible

Today's starlets make sure the public sees them by swarming red carpets, whether for an Oscar-worthy movie premiere or the opening of a Taco Bell. Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor scored household-name status by appearing in dozens of movies, TV shows, and plays. They didn't discriminate: Zsa Zsa went highbrow with 1952's Oscar-nominated "Moulin Rouge," lowbrow with 1988's "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special."

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