February 11, 1919 - July 4, 1995
"The average housewife goes to the
restaurant to relax and enjoy the food. But when Eva walks in, she becomes the
center of attention."
Eva was the first of the Gabors to immigrate to America from
was in a few B movies, and starred in four Broadway plays. She is by far best known for
playing Lisa Douglas on the show Green Acres.
"There is no electristical. The plug fell out of the power company."
Eva settled in Bel-Air, a swanky bit of Los Angeles. Her house was on Delfern
Road. To get to it, head west on Sunset from Hollywood, and when you get into
right on Delfern.
The house on the right with the flagpole
in front of it, number 100, was hers.
Think of how many times her "best
friend," spermin' Mervin Griffin walked through those doors.
Eva also kept a home in Baja, Mexico. In June of 1995 she went there
with friends for a week-long vacation. As the story goes, on June 20th she "ate a bad piece of fruit," and contracted viral pneumonia. The
condition made Eva so weak, she became disoriented, and she collapsed on a
staircase in her house. She fell and broke her hip. Unable to get a plane back
immediately, and probably not wanting to risk a Mexican hospital, her friends
called Merv Griffin, who was "devastated" at the news. He provided a
private jet to whisk Eva to Cedars
Sinai Medical Center, in LA, the next day.
By the time she was admitted into Cedars on June 21st, her
condition had worsened. She had fluid in her lungs, and a fever. Upon further
examination a blood clot was discovered. Doctors put her on antibiotics for the
pneumonia, and heparin for the clotting. She was also breathing with the
assistance of a respirator, and heavily medicated for the hip pain. Eventually,
Eva became comatose. When her condition showed no signs of improvement - family
and friends prepared for the worst.
Eva died in her fifth floor room at
Cedars Sinai. It was 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.
She was 76 years
She was cremated, and buried in Westwood Memorial Park.
Spitting distance from John Cassavetes, Don Knotts and her Green Acres co-star
Eva's memorial service was held on July 11th 1995 at
I crashed it. Some of the guests included Eva's sisters, Magda
and Zsa Zsa, Eddie Albert, Merv
Griffin, Johnny Mathis, Mitzi Gaynor, and Rosie O'Donnell. I'm pretty sure I saw Sandra Gould (cringe) there too. After the
service I went into the
church. They had gone over the place with a fine toothed comb, so souvenir
hunters couldn't find anything. But I kept looking. Then, out of the corner of
my eye, I found this
little funeral card on the floor.
Hooray! I went out
the side door, and THAT'S where they took all the flowers. There was a huge
arrangement of yellow roses there, and yes, here's
As for the other Gabors:
September 30, 1896 - April 1, 1997
On Tuesday April 1, 1997, the matriarch of the Gabor clan, Jolie, died in the
Eisenhower Medical Center, in Rancho Mirage. She was was 100 years old. Funeral
services took place on Friday the 4th. Jolie never knew that Eva had died. She was so ill and old, they just decided
not to tell her.
June 11, 1915 - June 6, 1997
A few months later, Magda, the little known sister of Eva and Zsa Zsa, was
put in Eisenhower Medical Center as well, (Family rate?) with a kidney
infection. She had been put on a respirator, and her family (well, Zsa Zsa
anyway) was told there was no chance of recovery. Zsa Zsa told doctors to pull
the plug, on Friday, June 11, 1997. Both Magda and Jolie are buried in Desert
Memorial Park, in Palm Springs.
As of this day - July 4, 2013, Zsa Zsa is still alive.
Ish. She has been bedridden for years and they seem to be taking her away
piece by piece. Zsa Zsa was most likely the
beneficiary of her family's estates, which makes her a Very Rich Lady.
Trivia: Just up the road from Eva Gabor's house, is
where Connie Stevens lives (they used her house in Postcards
from the Edge),
and across the road from Connie's is the house where
Henry Mancini died.
Thank you to Terri Rios, for the Cedars Sinai photographs.
UPDATE March 2003, from Findadeath friend Lisa
Now a peanut-gallery comment from a doc about the Eva Gabor story. It all hangs together well from the pieces you've provided and the death
cert. The "bad fruit" thing is irrelevant. I don't even
think it was viral pneumonia. It was probably pneumococcal pneumonia all along. It's
a really bad bug that hits really fast and kills fast. That, and has a bunch of antibiotic resistance these days, too. (This, incidentally is
the same thing that killed Jim Henson, I hear. He went from walkie-talkie to dead in a little over 24 hours. I use his story to
persuade people to get vaccinated.)
What probably happened to Eva was the pneumonia hit and made her confused, as older people tend to get when ill, hence the "disoriented
and weak" part that led her to fall and break a hip. By the time she arrived in the states, the damage had been done. Adult Respiratory
Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is really hard to recover from. What happens is the toxins released from the germs damage the delicate walls of the
capillaries in the lungs, which releases fluid, and the person basically drowns in their own lung fluid. Very, very hard to treat, and
usually fatal. If people ever survive ARDS, it's usually after a long course. Eva was old and there was a long interval before she could get
Anyway, the "blood clot" part is confusing. It could definitely
be that during her illness, she was immobile, formed a clot in her legs that broke off and went to the lungs (people with hip fractures are
especially prone to that). Another thing that happens with some frequency among people with long-bone fractures is "Fat Embolus,"
where a piece of bone marrow is released after the fracture and travels to the lung.
So, anyway, Eva was a sick gal. It's fun to speculate whether she would have survived had she not been too hoity-toity to get medical
assistance in Mexico. In reality, she probably would have died anyway.
Thanks for the info, Lisa!