Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor made it until she was 99 years old, though if she got her way, her tombstone would probably say she was 75.
Gabor was a legendary actress, appearing in over 30 films over a career that began in the 1950s. But she’s more famous for her main career: “being Zsa Zsa Gabor.” As the LA Times put it, “she was famous for being famous” long before Paris Hilton and company decided to be so. She was an unabashed personality, always ready with a racy quip (“I want a man who is kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?”) and glamorous clothing galore. She was fond of dressing as memorably as possibly, once complaining of modern starlets, “When you see them in real life, they look like nothing.” But when Zsa Zsa walked down the street, you knew it was Zsa Zsa.
She married nine times (as she once said, “A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it,”) had a habit of insisting she was younger than she really was, and called everybody “dahlink” whether they acted like a dahlink or not. Sadly, things took a turn in 2002, after a car crash left her partially paralyzed. Her health declined over the years, and on December 18, 2016, she passed away of heart failure. She had lived a full life.