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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, February 6, 2017

She's Out Of This World.....



Zsa Zsa Gabor starred in one of my favorite
movies of the 1950s. The poster is displayed
above. What is the English title of that film?
What is special about this date?




Zsa Zsa Gabor starred in the 1958 sci-fi
adventure movie Queen of Outer Space.
I was 8 years old when my big brother
took me to see the fantasy flick which
was set in the distant future - 1985! :)
Queen of Outer Space was one of those
movies that was so bad... it was great!

Queen of Outer Space hit theaters
September 7, 1958. That same week,
Rockabilly Hall of Famer Robin Luke's
biggest hit "Susie Darlin'" was climbing
the chart on its way to a top 5 finish.

"Susie Darlin' - Robin Luke
(Sept./Oct. '58, highest chart pos. #5)

This is a special date because
Zsa Zsa Gabor would have turned
100 years old today. I had this post
written a year ago, saving it for
today, hoping that Zsa Zsa would
make it to 100, but it wasn't
meant to be. She died back
in December at age 99.

Although Zsa Zsa didn't quite make it to
the century mark, I still wanted to run
this birthday salute and recall that
goofy sci-fi movie of hers.






Have a Shady day!


  1. What a nice tribute to the beautiful and glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor! It is a shame that she didn’t make it to the century mark. I wasn’t as familiar with Zsa Zsa as I was with her sister Eva from watching Green Acres for years. Wasn’t Zsa Zsa on Hollywood Squares?

    I don’t watch a lot of horror movies and never saw Queen of Outer Space— but it looks like a hoot. It’s funny how they envisioned space travel in the year 1985— lol. I remember the Susie Darlin’ song but didn’t know the artist. It’s a great sound of the 50’s— and interesting to know that it was becoming a hit at the same time Queen of Outer Space was in the theaters.

    This was another fun trivia post. The story of a spaceship filled with men landing on Venus— a planet inhabited entirely by women— is a clever way to lead us to Valentine’s day!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for joining me for a 100th birthday shout out to Hungarian actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor. She and her sisters Magda and Eva made a splash in Hollywood and were often written about on the pages of gossip columns. Although a creditable actress according to those with whom she worked, Zsa Zsa is, in my opinion, an early example of being famous for being famous, a phenomenon that continues to this day.

      Yessum, Zsa Zsa Gabor appeared on Hollywood Squares a total of 64 times and she was a familiar face on the TV talk show circuit, too, a frequent guest on Jack Paar's Tonight Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, David Frost and David Letterman. She was a guest on a dozen episodes of The Joey Bishop Show and 9 eps of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

      I had just turned age 8 when I went to see Queen of Outer Space and it made quite an impression on impressionable me. It blew my mind to think of a planet overrun by lonely, desperate women with Zsa Zsa Gabor as their queen! :) At the time, 1985 seemed like a year from the far distant future. Now it is rapidly becoming a year of the distant past. Time flies, haven't you heard? :) I'm glad you remember that Robin Luke rockabilly ditty.

      Thanks again for testing your knowledge with my trivia question, Kathryn!

  2. Wow she would have been 100? Shame she didn't make it.

    Robin Luke was not the best singer around was he? Still the song is now a classic.

    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, good buddy! Yep, I had this post planned well in advance and hoped that Zsa Zsa would still be alive when it ran. I knew it was a long shot because the lady had serious health problems in recent years. I have another 100th b-day salute ready to publish this fall and I am holding out hope that the wonderful actress to whom I am paying tribute will still be with us when the time comes. I won't be a spoiler by revealing her name, but please stay tuned.

      I agree that there is nothing spectacular about Robin Luke's vocal talent, yet he did leave us with that rockabilly classic. I will take this opportunity to mention Tommy Roe's early rockabilly style recordings as being among my favorites.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, Joey, and have a great week!

  3. Ninety-nine is still really impressive.
    I've not seen her in that film. I don't think even RiffTrax has tackled it yet.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy!

      I highly recommend Queen of Outer Space, winner of 50 Academy Awards including Best Picture. One of the Venusian beauties' halter tops was also nominated for Best Supporting Role. :) The table top special FX put the new Star Wars to shame! :) It's fun to go back into the past and spring forward from their viewpoint and imagine the wonder of space exploration.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Alex!

  4. Hi Shady!
    She certainly lived a fantastically full life, mostly by famously being herself ;-) Serving time for slapping a cop - and not for leaving the scene (?) If she hadn't become Duchess of Saxony we might never have heard of the practice of adopting adult males so that they might gain royalty status.
    Still, like all who loved her glamor and grace, I always enjoyed her appearances - in fact I recently saw her on an ancient episode of Gilligan's Island! I'd like to have seen her in "Touch of Evil" (Orson Welles). Her range was phenomenal, wasn't it?
    Her class act may have ended, but thanks to good folks like you, my friend, her memory still reigns!

    1. Hi, diedre!

      How are you, dear friend? I hope you are feeling much better than you were the last time we connected. Thank you very much for taking a peek at the post and testing your memory with a stimulating game of trivia.

      Seems you know quite a lot about our special guest Zsa Zsa Gabor. I remember that incident in which she slapped a cop. It's a darn good thing she was rich and famous or else her penalty would have been worse. I forgot all about her appearance on Gilligan's Island, giving Ginger and Lovey stiff competition in the glamour department. I remember seeing Zsa Zsa several times on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and on other talk and music variety shows. A few others I didn't mention in my reply to Mrs. S would be The Merv Griffin Show, Mike Douglas, and Dinah Shore's series called Dinah! Everybody seemed to want Zsa Zsa as a guest on their show. If you get a chance to watch Queen of Outer Space it will give you plenty of laughs.

      Thank you again for your sweet comment, dear friend diedre. Please take care of yourself and have a fantastic week!

  5. I am so happy that you have showcased the wonderful Zsa Zsa! I love her name and no one else is named that which I think should change. I think I saw this film but when I was a kid. I remember loving it because it was so bad. Love the gold lame gown she is wearing in that flick. The space ships seem to be phallic which cracks me up. If they were young now, The Gabor sisters would have their own reality show and they would be much more entertaining

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down to help me salivate the 100th birthday of Zsa Zsa Gabor. I would say she is inimitable, but I remember people imitating her over the years. You're right. If the Gabor sisters were all alive and young at this point in time, they would Shirley have their own TV reality series.

      I'm thrilled to know that you might have watched Queen of Outer Space when you were a kid, same as I did. It beats any Hollywood musical that I can think of. :) Yessum, the rocket ship was phallic and the women inhabitants that the male crew encountered on planet Venus were divided into two groups: the soft, voluptuous vixens who love men and were eager to make whoopee, and a group of men-haters who want to destroy the guys before they could reproduce. Spoiler alert: In the end, love (and raging hormones) conquered all.

      I think every young couple should give serious consideration to naming their baby Zsa Zsa (even is he's a boy :)

      Thank you again for coming over to play with me today, dear friend BB. Have a great week!

  6. Hi, Shady,

    What a beautiful tribute to the late Zsa Zsa Gabor. Happy birthday!

    I will have to check out this movie - it looks pretty good! I have a thing for old movies, too. :)

    Have a great week, dear friend.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend!

      Queen of Outer Space was released in 1958 - light years before you were born. Zsa Zsa Gabor was at her peak of popularity at the time. Miss Gabor's acting leaves a lot to be desired and the acting by the rest of the cast is rather wooden as well. In addition, the special effects are primitive and the parts of the flick that are supposed to scare you make you laugh. Queen of Outer Space is so bad... it's great... loads of fun to watch. I hope you'll give it a try.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend JM!

  7. Gosh Shady, I remember that movie, but I didn't see it. I was 9, going on 10 when it came out. Guess we were into "The Blob", lol! My whole family loved Zsa Zsa, she was beautiful with a darling accent. A true icon!

    AND...OMG, "Susie Darlin", I love that song! It is so, I don't know what...his voice is so dreamy! Now, THAT, I remember!

    I'm in line to wish Zsa Zsa a wonderful Birthday! Like you, it would be great if she were here to enjoy your tribute accompanied by the impressive colorful posters. I just may have to check this movie out myself.

    Have a wonderful evening, and week, dear friend! Take care!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you this evening, dear friend! Thank you very much for dropping in to wish the recently departed glamour icon Zsa Zsa Gabor a happy 100th birthday. I knew that Miss Gabor was in failing health for the last several years, but I was keeping my fingers crossed that she would make it to the century mark. It was not meant to be. Perhaps she's up there on Venus right now smiling about the interest this tribute post is generating. :)

      If you get the chance to see Queen of Outer Space, I recommend it as a relic of the late 50s when so many horror and sci-fi movies came out and very few adhered to scientific facts. If you are willing to let your imagination be your guide you will have loads of fun watching the movie.

      I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the sound of Robin Luke crooning his hit rockabilly ballad "Susie Darlin' and that you remember it from way back when. One might think that Robin's record was inspired by "Wake Up Little Susie," the Everly Brothers hit released a year earlier, but Wiki sez the song was named after his 5 year old sister Susie.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself here tonight, dear friend Suzanne. Thanks again for joining the fun and have a fabulous week!

  8. Happy Birthday Zsa Zsa in heaven! She didn't make that 100 mark but lived much longer than many young actors today. She was a unique character! I think I've seen parts of this crazy flick. I love old movies too but I don't think it will turn up on TCM soon. The trailer was probably enough to show how this whole movie comes together...made me laugh and reminded me of watching the old Star trek reruns..pretty simple special effects! Fun tribute to her and I'm sure she would be honored!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for popping in for my special salute to the one and only Zsa Zsa Gabor, celebrating 100 years since the date of her birth. It's a shame she couldn't be here in the flesh. I am absolutely sure she would have seen this post and written a comment. :) Yessum, she lived much longer than many other celebs we could name. As I told my pal Joey, I have another 100th birthday tribute scheduled for this fall and I am hoping the actress I am featuring will still be around. Stay tuned!

      Yessum, Queen of Outer Space is a goofy movie but it makes you think because it calls into question the traditional roles and relationships of men and women and could perhaps be called an example of Women's Lib.

      Thank you again, dear YaYa, for coming over to chat about Zsa Zsa and her wacky sci-fi adventure flick. Have a wonderful week, dear friend!

  9. Women of Hollywood in the past are so full of class, right? So elegant.

    1. Hi, Luxie!

      How are you my phine Philippine phriend? :) Thanks for taking a look at this week's post - a 100th birthday tribute to one of Hollywood's most glamorous ladies, Hungarian beauty Zsa Zsa Gabor. I assume that you are much too young and too far removed from American culture to remember her 1958 movie Queen of Outer Space. At the very least watching it will give a young woman like you a glimpse of the elegance of which you spoke. The gowns, costumes and hair styles are quite impressive. I hope you get a chance to see it someday.

      Thanks again, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Tom,

    I knew Zsa Zsa was in her 90s but I didn't realize she was 99. That slipped my mind or I didn't hear correctly at the time of her passing. She was a real beauty in her younger years and such a seductive quality but then again a lot of women from yesteryears ago seemed sexier with their speech or body language. That's something starlets are missing today. It's too bad Zsa Zsa could live to see her 100th bday, though. Happy Birthday, Zsa Zsa! What a fun tribute and a look at the past with lovely, Zsa Zsa Gabor! Have a good day, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for helping me wish Zsa Zsa Gabor a happy 100th birthday, even though she is no longer among the living. It was actually surprising that she held on as long as she did because she had been in very bad shape since the auto crash in 2002 that left her partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. In the years since she suffered strokes, amputation and life threatening infections and was on life support for the last five years.

      Wiki reports that Zsa Zsa's wish to return to her native land remained unfulfilled:

      << In April 2016, Gabor expressed her wish to move back to Hungary in 2017 and live out the rest of her life there. Her husband stated that he was determined to make her wish come true and he intended to arrange for "a big party in the summer" to celebrate the actress' 100th birthday, after which she would return to Budapest. >>

      Thank you again for joining me, dear friend Cathy. I'm glad you enjoyed my tribute to the beautiful, seductive and glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Tom, Gee, I didn't know of Zsa Zsa's poor health. This is so sad. It's amazing she lived as long as she did, though. It's too bad she couldn't move back to Hungary as hoped while alive. I hope she's at peace now. Have a good day, my friend!

    3. Hi again, Cathy!

      Yessum, the part of Zsa Zsa's story that is particularly sad is the final chapter. With her health failing she wished to return to Hungary, but didn't live long enough to make the trip.

      Thank you for the return visit, dear friend Cathy!

  11. Too bad she didn't make it to 100! She was a beautiful woman.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming, dear friend!

      Yessum, Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hollywood "it girl" of the 1940s and especially the 1950s when she made most of her notable films. Queen of Outer Space was not a serious piece of work, just good clean fun as space cadets come face to face with a bevy of beauties on Venus.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry!

  12. Zsa Zsa was really something! Too bad she didn't make it to 100....but she sure came close!
    Naturally I haven't seen the movie. I'm wondering: what did the movie-makers see 1985 as?? Was there any things that actually came to pass?

    Hope you're having a great week so far!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for joining the fun as I remember the quintessential celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor on what would have been her 100th birthday.

      As you saw, that trailer for Queen of Outer Space begins with the caption "The year: 1985. The age of space travel begins!" Since they were obviously referring to manned interplanetary space travel, then that is a goal we have not yet achieved. Second, I doubt the surface of Venus would look anything like it does in the film, and it's a safe bet the planet isn't populated by a tribe of beautiful women running around in skimpy little costumes. :) I love the writing that goes into the trailers made for old horror and sci-fi movies like this one. They really hype it up, making a kid think he is actually going to be scared by the monsters on the big screen. Go to the 1:33 mark of the trailer and you will hear the announcer utter the words "the savage horrors of fearsome, mutated beasts." That's what I'm talkin' about!

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Michele!

  13. Well they were off by 25 years on the skimpy clothes. Now with the Kardashians and others, showing skin is the wardrobe. How funny! I want to see the whole movie after seeing just a teaser. Zsa Zsa was her own person! She was cheesy and knew it. What a sweet tribute. I was sad for her when she died but she came close to 100.

    1. Hi, Holliwood N Vine!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for my tribute to Zsa Zsa, dear friend!

      I'm tickled to know that this trailer has you psyched to see Queen of Outer Space, a movie in which astronauts are "over the moon" after laying eyes on the beautiful, scantily clad women of Venus (who are eager to take a rocket ride. :)

      You're right. I remember Zsa Zsa as a woman with a sense of humor. She didn't take herself too seriously. She knew she had a certain role to play as a public figure and she milked her celebrity for all it was worth.

      Thank you again for checking in and checking out my post, dear friend Holli. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Yessum, Zsa Zsa was the poster girl for beauty and glamour in the 1950s.

      Thanks for taking a look at my b-day tribute post, dear friend!

  15. I haven't seen that film so will have to check it out. Really enjoyed the Susie Darling song too, another one I haven't heard - thanks Shady!

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      It's a pleasure to have you back over today, dear friend. Thank you for coming to see my tribute to The Queen of Outer Space and 100th birthday salute to one of the queens of 50s glamour Zsa Zsa Gabor. Can you imagine the impression this silly movie made on 8 year old Shady?

      I'm happy to know you like Robin Luke's rockabilly hit "Susie Darlin'." I hadn't heard it in quite a while and jumped at the chance to tie it in with the release of Zsa Zsa's space adventure movie.

      Thank you again for being here today, dear friend Sarah, and enjoy your weekend!

  16. I use to get the sisters mixed up and really don't remember Magda. I enjoyed Zsa Zsa on Hollywood Squares (the original of that show was SO much better than any attempted resurrection) but my favorite might have been Eva on Green Acres. I loved that show as a kid and can still sing the theme song from start to finish!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Welcome back to SDMM, my new friend. I'm very happy to see you!

      I don't remember Magda either. Apparently she was an actress and socialite like her sisters. I always thought Eva had a pleasing personality, rather humble compared to Zsa Zsa's somewhat snobbish attitude which I think was mostly for show. I watched H-wood Squares for years and remember Zsa Zsa's many guest appearances. I wasn't a regular viewer of Green Acres but watched it enough times to get the gist.

      Hey, I see you've got some blues posted on your blog and I will be right over to check out your tunes. Thank you again for stopping in and contributing to the discussion of Zsa Zsa Gabor the week of her 100th birthday. See you soon, Kelly!

  17. She Wolf, which is my mama reminds me a lot of Zsa Zsa, friend Shady ... these Eastern Europeans are like weeds ... beautiful and strong to the bitter end ... accent and all ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you very much for coming to see my tribute to Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress who made quite an impression on me as a boy in her goofy sci-fi movie The Queen of Outer Space. You offered an apt description of Miss Gabor. She was strong to the bitter end. I wish she could have lived to celebrate her 100th birthday and return to Hungary afterward as she was hoping to do.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend cat!


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