July 5, 1995 in Nation/World

Eva Gabor Dies Was Best-Known As Dizzy Wife In ‘Green Acres’

Los Angeles Times
 

Eva Gabor, the youngest of the glamorous sisters from Hungary and best-known for her role in the television series “Green Acres,” died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. She was 74.

Gabor had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 21 after breaking her hip while traveling in Mexico, said Ron Wise, a hospital spokesman. She was found to be suffering from a serious case of pneumonia, Wise said, and died from respiratory failure.

Described as the most down-to earth of the Gabor sisters, Eva nevertheless had a lot in common with her many-times-married siblings, Zsa Zsa and Magda. Eva, married five times, was credited with the truism: “Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once or twice.”

Gabor’s motion picture credits include “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” in which she played a divorcee who has a fling with Van Johnson; “Don’t Go Near the Water,” in which her panties became the mascot of a U.S. naval ship; and “Gigi,” the film version of the Lerner-Loewe musical.

But the role of her career, she once said, was playing Lisa Douglas, the dizzy wife of a city slicker in the television barnyard farce, “Green Acres.”

Conceived of as a mirror image of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” in which country folk move to the city, the CBS series poked fun at a couple of New York socialites-turnedfarmers who move to a town called Hooterville. Gabor, always elegantly dressed and coiffed, costarred with Eddie Albert and a pig named Arnold. The series aired from 1965-71.


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