Gabor, Jolie (1894–1997)

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Gabor, Jolie (1894–1997)

Hungarian matriarch of the infamous Gabors. Name variations: Mama Jolie. Born Jolie Kende, Sept 29, 1894, in Budapest, then Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Hungary); died in Rancho Mirage, California, April 1, 1997; m. Vilmos Gabor, a businessman (div.); children: Magda Gabor (1914–1997); Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917–); Eva Gabor (1919–1995).

Ran a jewelry boutique in Budapest; moved with daughters to Hollywood (c. 1938); managing a string of jewelry boutiques in New York, Palm Beach, London, and Paris.

See also autobiography (with Cindy Adams) Jolie Gabor (Mason/Charter, 1975); Peter H. Brown, Such Devoted Sisters: Those Fabulous Gabors (St. Martin's, 1985); and Women in World History.