Many fans thought Eva Gabor was glamorous, but she didn't see it that way
Eva Gabor was not a lady of leisure, but she did enjoy a gold dressing room and a pearl necklace every once in a while.
Eva Gabor is best known for her role as Lisa Douglas on the hit '60s series Green Acres. Gabor is also pretty well-known for being one of Hollywood's most glamorous actresses, wearing everything from a bright pink fur-lined coat to stacked pearl necklaces.
She had an outfit for every occasion, it seemed.
Despite what you may have heard about Gabor, in a 1970 interview with The Greenville News, she said she wasn't the lady of leisure everyone thought she was.
"People think I spend hours in bubble baths and fanning myself, a lady of leisure," Gabor said. "Actually, I work every day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the studio."
Just in case her Green Acres schedule wasn't enough to tire the actress, she also had a few side hustles. During this interview (1970), Gabor had a decorating business in Palm Springs and a wig franchising company.
"I don't just lend my name," Gabor said. "I work at the businesses nights and weekends."
Gabor only had three locations opened for her International Wig Boutiques Ltd, but had planned on another 150 to 200 by the end of 1970. She said she had attended every grand opening, and worked with the architect to create the design of the boutiques.
She used her success on Green Acres as a tool to elevate her many side hustles. According to the interview, once Green Acres started to top the ratings, many networks pushed for TV series to reach new demographics across America.
But Gabor wasn't too concerned about the added pressure of demos.
"I don't know about demo... what you call it," Gabor said. "I know our whole family, from kids to old people, watches. Our fan mail says ours is a family show."
In a 1966 interview with The Jackson Sun, Gabor said a lot of great opportunities came after Green Acres' ratings made it in the top 10.
And although the dahling actress said she was a "slave of commerce," she still liked a few of the finer things in life. The star's dressing room was a great example.
According to the interview, out of the entire cast of Green Acres, Gabor's dressing room was by far the fanciest. It was described as having thick carpet, swanky furniture, gold-leaf walls and huge mirrors.
"When the show started, dahling, all they gave me was a rented chair," Gabor said. "But when the ratings came out, they even asked me my favorite color scheme."
Gold was her answer, of course.
Gabor swore by the fact that she wasn't the lady of leisure everyone assumed she was, but then again, after six seasons of a highly successful TV show and with 170 episodes under her designer belt, she deserved the finer things in life.
"All my life, I've been in flops. I invented flops, and now this," Gabor said. "I love it. I adore signing autographs. When you'd had so many flops you appreciate something like this."