Zsa Zsa Gábor and Hollywood ghost writer, Gerold Frank, in a publicity still for her 1960 book, “Zsa Zsa Gábor: my story, written for me.” Photo by Philippe Halsman.
As a ghost writer, Frank had co-written “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” with Lillian Roth, “Too Much, Too Soon” with Diana Barrymore, and “Beloved Infidel: the education of a woman” with Sheilah Graham. However, he negotiated an exclusive writing credit for Zsa Zsa’s book (thus ending his ghost writing career). Afterwards, he went on to write the novel “The Boston Strangler” and the bestselling Judy Garland biography, “Judy.”
Three years after Zsa Zsa’s book was published, Frank spoke flatteringly about Gábor to reporter Jim Bishop. “She is always a step ahead of other women,” Frank said. “Just before sack dresses came into style, Zsa Zsa wore sack dresses. When wigs became popular, Gábor was ready to quit wearing them.”
Bishop writes: “In one afternoon and evening, according to Gerold, Miss Gábor will will rehearse a song, answer 20 phone calls, tell part of her life story, water the garden, read press clippings from Spain, Hungary, France and the U.S., take the dogs to the doctor, undress, bathe, dress, appear on T.V. and show up at a nightclub looking dewy fresh.”
Baring her soul, however, was another matter. In their first meeting, Frank requested that she be prepared to tell him everything. Zsa Zsa reportedly broke into laughter before saying, “No woman tells all. Not all.”