- Note: There are so many inaccuracies
in this minute entry in Miss Gabor's book, one wonders why she even bothered
to mention Mario at all. It is posted here only as an historical footnote.
- One Lifetime Is Not Enough
By Zsa Zsa Gabor
- During my time with Rubi, I also made
a picture called For the First Time, with Mario Lanza. We'd never met,
but I had already had an unfortunate experience that didn't endear Mario
much to me. In the middle of the night, he had once called me and, in
explicit terms that left nothing to the imagination, informed me that he
wanted to make love to me. But, as I traveleed to Rome to start filming,
I made up my mind to forget the incident and start afresh. Soon after
my arrival, several reporters interviewed me at the Rome Opera House.
Out of the blue, one of them asked, "It is rumored that Mr. Lanza
uses dirty language. Is that true?"
- "I've never heard him," I lied.
- Suddenly Mario burst into the auditorium,
yelling at his agent, "I won't do it, you son of a bitch!"
- "What timing, Miss Gabor,"
the reporter observed, "Now we can say you confirmed the rumor."
- Mario had rented Mussolini's house in
Rome and I went there for dinner. He and his wife had four children and
they and Francesca spent most of the evening bicycling around the house,
skillfully avoiding Il Duce's marble furniture.
- Before I left for America, Mario told
me he was going to a fat farm to lose some weight - I've never liked skinny
men - but I didn't say anything. When I got back to LA, Kathryn Grayson
told me that Mario was dead. The rumor was that a gang of Philadelphia
gangsters had ordered him to sing at one of their gala evenings, that Mario
had refused and that, in revenge, they had hired a nurse at the fat farm
to inject air into Mario's veins one night while he was sleeping and killed