Zsa Zsa GABOR (1917-2016)

Zsa Zsa Gabor This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 763
  • Subject No: 755
  • Broadcast date: Wed 29 Nov 1989
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Sun 19 Nov 1989
  • Venue: unknown
  • Series: 30
  • Edition: 6
  • Code name: Star

on the guest list...

  • Prince Frederic Von Anhalt - husband
  • Jolie - mother
  • Magda - sister
  • John Frederick
  • Francesca - daughter
  • Josef - cousin
  • Aneko - Josef's wife
  • Kathryn Grayson
  • Patty Kate Johnston
  • Chubby Checker
  • Lance Thompson
  • Silver Fox - her horse!
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Bob Hope
  • Ann Miller
  • Cesar Romero
  • Frankie Howerd
  • Dame Edna Everage

production team...

  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Director: Brian Klein
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Roy Bottomley This Is Your Life book

Scriptwriter Roy Bottomley recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, This Is Your Life: The Story of Television's Famous Big Red Book...

The mansion at One Thousand and One Bel Air Road was once owned by Elvis Presley, has a nightclub on the roof and had a Hollywood legend by the pool having tea on the afternoon of Sunday 19 November 1989.

'She's a lady who's created more worldwide headlines than anybody even in this town,' said Michael Aspel, before a nervous knock on the door.

He added he hoped she was in receptive mood because 'this lady packs a punch'.

Courtroom pictures of her and the Beverley Hills cop she was said to have slapped had just been flashed around the world. Who else but Zsa Zsa Gabor? Our worry was that by the time of the programme she would be serving a few days' gaol sentence for slapping burly officer Paul Kramer, who had booked her for driving with an out-of-date licence. But all was well.

Associate producer John Graham had the star's husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt of Saxony, on his side. John was in the Gabor Rolls-Royce with the prince when they spotted Officer Kramer signing autographs in Rodeo Drive, the most expensive shopping street in the world.

And John got the best hotel service of his life when he had lunch with Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca, at the Beverley Hilton. Her father was Conrad Hilton.

Mother Jolie and older sister Magda, with long-time family friend, former 'Tarzan' John Frederick, were there. But younger sister Eva refused to come; she and Zsa Zsa, who had arrived in America together from Budapest in 1940, were having a spat.

Someone else who wasn't there was Officer Kramer. I had the idea that we should finish the show with him coming on to bury the hatchet. But the Beverley Hill's police department buried the idea.

For a character like Zsa Zsa, we needed an 'impact' ending. In 1984, at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, she had ridden her world champion Arab stallion Silver Fox. We managed to smuggle Silver Fox into the studios, and I waited backstage with a pretty young lady researcher. When the horse heard the name of Zsa Zsa the result was physically apparent and increasing by the second.

The wide-eyed researcher mused, 'Is that the effect she's always had on men?'

Series 30 subjects

Omar Sharif | Sarah Brightman | Yvonne Cormeau | Cyril Smith | Jean Boht | Zsa Zsa Gabor | Alec McCowen | Barbara Cartland
Douglas Fairbanks Jr | William Shatner | Barbara Taylor Bradford | Elizabeth Dawn | Billy Wright | Trevor McDonald
Stephanie Beacham | Simon Weston | Peter Scudamore | Peter Cushing | David Shepherd | Harry Secombe
Nigel Kennedy | Eluned Williams | Billy Marsh | Bob Holness | Bobby Davro | Michael Baldock | Ken Dodd