Zsa Zsa Gabor came before Kim Kardashian and the rest of her reality TV family shocked the world.

The Hungarian-born actress was unlike any other celebrity during her prime. Indeed, the focus on Zsa Zsa Gabor was not mainly on her acting prowess. Rather, people took notice of her bigger-than-life persona. It seemed her persona was more interesting than her movie roles, although she did appear in front of the cameras on film and television, even playing herself.

By coincidence, she rose to fame right about the time talk shows invaded television. Hence, many might consider Zsa Zsa Gabor as the original Kim Kardashian.

Why is Zsa Zsa Gabor the original Kim Kardashian?

“Gabor’s attitude – ‘I deserve attention not because of any talent, but just because of who I am’ — was an early example of a phenomenon that has ballooned in the past decade, as tabloids put reality TV figures on their covers and blogs about them incessantly,” News.com.au writes about the late actress.

Her star power could possibly equate the fame of Kim Kardashian. Indeed, she, along with her family, has made a career out of simply being themselves on television. It has even become a trademark that the family seems intent on protecting from outsiders.

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Truly, the Kardashian trademark appears profitable. According to Forbes, Kim Kardashian ranks 42nd on their list of the world’s highest paid celebrities in 2016. In 2015, Kim K was at the 33rd spot.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor was 99 at the time of her death last December 18. Her ninth husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt survives her. They married in 1986. She previously described herself as an amazing housekeeper. However, her interpretation of ‘housekeeper’ means keeping her ex-husband’s house after the divorce.

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Wikimedia Commons: Press photo of Zsa Zsa Gabor arriving at a gala movie premiere.

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Wikimedia Commons: Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress, USA. At Kastrup Airport CPH, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1959-08-05