Zsazsa Gabor's funeral in Budapest – Photo: MTI

Zsazsa Gabor’s ashes laid to rest in Budapest

The ashes of Zsazsa Gabor were laid to rest on Tuesday in the Fiumei Street graveyard in Budapest, almost five years after her death.

Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the Hollywood celebrity’s last husband, brought the Golden Globe Award-winning actress’s ashes from America, thereby fulfilling her wish to rest forever in her homeland. The National Heritage Institute and the Hungarian Hollywood Council were also involved in bringing her remains to Hungary.

A mourning ceremony for Gabor (originally Sari Gabor) was first held in Los Angeles in 2016.

Von Anhalt said at today’s ceremony that the event marked a celebration of the life of the actress. He said she had never forgotten her homeland during her career.

Eva Vandor, the actress who dubbed Gabor’s voice into Hungarian said Gabor had been the first real celebrity, “a Hungarian diva” from whom the American dream had come true. She described Gabor as “cheerful, humorous and brave”.

Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the Hollywood celebrity’s last husband – Photo: MTI

In his farewell speech, Balazs Bokor, the president of the Hungarian Hollywood Council, noted that Gabor hadn’t reached celebrity status via Facebook or Instagram. She had remained a Hungarian for her entire life, he said, and while “Zsazsa wanted to see the world, she always thought of Hungary.”

Bokor also noted that plans for a Hungarian film chronicling the life of Gabor was in the pipeline.

Gabor was among the few Hungarians to have received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

In 1936, Gabor became a Miss Hungary and moved to America with her family five years later.

She married nine times, tying the knot with Von Anhalt in 1986, and died on December 18, 2016.

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