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Gaborabilia: An Illustrated Celebration of the Fabulous, Legendary Gabor Sisters Paperback – June 19, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (June 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The word 'glamour' doesn't seem to mean much in the context of popular entertainment as it did in the Golden Age of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Happily there are exceptions, and the lovely women of the Gabor family certainly qualify. Gaborabilia represents a remarkable job of research and affectionate commentary about a truly fascinating family."
-- Steve Allen

"Guts, glamour, and goulash!"
-- RuPaul

"Jolie Gabor, the Queen Mother, brought her daughters up to be rich and beautiful. I adored them all and often borrowed money and men."
-- Phyllis Diller

"The Gabors! What a dynasty. Green Acres changed my life, not to mention fueled my career."
-- Todd Oldham

"Mama Gabor taught her daughters to be perfection in femininity. And they graduated with honors to become legends of the twentieth century."
-- Mr. Blackwell

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A wry and sumptuous look into the world of celebrity . . .

For Gaboraholics everywhere, here is the story of Jolie, Zsa Zsa, Magda, and Eva, complemented by a glorious collection of personal photos, movie posters, press clippings, and other never-before-published Gaborabilia.

The Gabors! Could they be the most famous sisters in the world? Why, of course, dahlink. And now, in worshipful words and fabulous pictures, here they are in all their glory.

The Gabors! From their beginnings in Hungary, where Mama Jolie molded her daughters Zsa Zsa, Eva, and Magda to glow in the spotlight, conquer kings and millionaires, amass fortunes, break hearts, and become world famous in the process.

The Gabors! Their arrival on Broadway and in Hollywood, their twenty-three (!) combined husbands, their royal progression through movies, radio, nightclubs, television talk shows, and every possible avenue to fame and glamour.

The Gabors! Their names, long ago, became part of our descriptive lexicon. Their voices, as distinguishable as any since the invention of recorded sound. Their faces, recognizable as any captured on film. Revered and oft ridiculed, they evolved from parodies of glamour and luxury to ultimately become icons of endurance and style.

The Gabors! As extolled and exalted in a one-of-a-kind book based on the personal memorabilia collection of Anthony Turtu, arguably the world's biggest fan of the Budapest Bombshells. Along with creative director Donald F. Reuter, he has given us a once-in-a-lifetime, exquisitely produced treat, a lavish collection of Gaborabilia that secures the Gabors' rightful place at the top of the pop-culture registry.


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Recommended without hesitation to any Gabor fan.
Joseph A. Admire
The book also contains many pictures of items that the Gabor Girls had promoted which makes the book a very good guide to those interested in Gabor Memorabilia.
Davit Boats
If you can't afford the original, the author could have bought a copy on Ebay and photographed that.
Hans Von Rittern

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James A. White on January 6, 2004
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This tribute to the fabulous, witty Gabor sisters (and mother) is truly the ultimate fan's tribute. Practicaly everything in the book is from the author's personal collection. Bursting with photos, memorabilia, and classic quips, this book is a visual extravaganza with color and glamour everywhere, much like the excellent Gabors. Of course, the book, by its very nature, has a limited audience, and if you're viewing this, you're probably committed to buying the book, but let me encourage you: Get it now.

Bottom Line: While short on biographical info (see "Such Devoted Sisters" for that), this book is full of frosting and glamour, the perfect tribute to the frothy Gabor family.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rechter on January 22, 2002
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It would have been a sad world indeed without the fabulous Gabors, their wit, wisdom, beauty and charisma and above all their glamour has kept us spellbound for decades. This book is a celebration of their lives and acheivements, I only wish it was twice as big. Filled with photos movie posters and memorabilia, it lists the Gabor sisters various appearances in Las Vegas, in stage shows and on the big and small screen. People forget Zsa Zsa starred in many memorable movies like 'Lovely to Look At', 'Moulin Rouge', 'Lili', 'Death of a Scoundrel','Queen of Outer Space', 'Arriverderci Baby' & 'Naked Gun 2 1/2' and Eva's films included 'The Mad Magician', 'The Last Time I Saw Paris', 'Artists and Models', 'Gigi' and 'The Aristocats', as well as having a cult following on the 60's T.V classic Green Acres. These women never stopped working and supporting themselves, making legendary guest appearances on countless T.V shows and having everything they said and did reported in the columns. They never stopped partying either, or changing husbands. In glorious gowns they adorned the covers of countless magazines and tabloids and have themselves written tell-all books on their lives. This coffee table book celebrates their journey from El Morocco to Studio 54, it showcases their style as true Hollywood celebrities and legends. "A wry and sumptuous look into the world of celebrity" Robert Rechter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. Williams on September 26, 2002
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This is a great little book when you need a little glamourous inspiration in your life! The Gabors (all of them) were every inch stars: glamourous dresses, giant jewels, and witty quotes, such as "I ask myself more questions than Hamlet as I ponder which shoes to wear" (Eva) or "How many husbands have I had - you mean apart from my own?" (Zsa Zsa). I love it! This book celebrates the Gabors and their larger than life presence from the Hungarian beginning through their celebrity in Hollywood. In short, it is simply vonderful, dahling!
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Admire on April 24, 2007
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Unless somebody decides to sit down and write a Citadel Press-style "The Films of the Gabor Sisters" book, this is the most comprehensive collection of photos and memorabilia of Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda one is likely to find readily available anywhere (I don't count the autobiographies written by Eva and Zsa Zsa, which are starting to get hard to find). The dedicated fan/author Mr. Turtu has brought together a splendid collection of B&W and color photos, movie posters, lobby cards, magazine covers and other artifacts of the beauteous, much-wedded Gabor sisters for the delectation of readers. As several other reviewers have said, this is exactly the sort of book you'll want to display on my coffee table - I'll have to clear some room on my own very crowded table to make room for it! Recommended without hesitation to any Gabor fan.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "pantura2000" on July 4, 2001
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just amazing ,and funny, the gabors are an institution , and very enduring as well, the lost of three of them does not change a long history of glamour and wit, i had the pleasure of meeting zsa zsa few years ago ,and she was a riot/ i presented her with a pastel drawing of herself, and she was very pleased...........long live the princess. machi babachi
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harry Greiner on August 24, 2001
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Fabulous. I only wish there were more of it. I can't wait for the sequel.
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Very fun book on the Gabors. Great idea & title. Mostly great photos. But...to my great surprise and disapointment, Zsa Zsa's most gorgeous pin-up movie poster, most sought after, most famous is "Queen Of Outer Space" - there is not ONE picture of the American 1-sheet film poster! HOW could you omit that???! If you can't afford the original, the author could have bought a copy on Ebay and photographed that. A glaring omission! The slapping of the cop incident is poorly covered too. So, depending on what you are looking for - it's fun.
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By Davit Boats on October 13, 2009
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This book is a must for anyone interested or curious about the Gabor Girls.

The book has many quotes from the Girls and is an education in both who these three Ladies really were and how they moved through their lives.

The book contains many professional art photographs of the Girls and their husbands.

The book also contains many pictures of items that the Gabor Girls had promoted which makes the book a very good guide to those interested in Gabor Memorabilia.

Davit Boats
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