"Green Acres" was the brain child of Paul Henning, who had created "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction," CBS practically begged him to develop a third rural series, so "Green Acres" was spun off of "Petticoat Junction," and was also set in Hooterville.
Henning said, "I thought Eva was ideal [for the role]. CBS at first
said that nobody can understand her, she's too Hungarian. But I
saw her in a play and could understand her clearly." Eva's comic
timing was praised by Albert and by director Richard Bare.
Born in Budapest, Eva wrote in her memoirs that she made up her
mind to be an actress when she was four years old. Eva was a
cabaret singer and ice skater in Hungary.
She was the first Gabor sister to emigrate to the US, and was
considered a better actress than her older sisters Magda and
Zsa Zsa. "I was the first actress in the family, and I am still the
only actress in the family. I shouldn't be saying it, but it slipped out."
"Green Acres" was canceled in 1971 after six seasons, part of CBS's
"rural purge." Known as much as a socialite who married five times as
she was known as an actress, Eva died in 1995 of respiratory failure
at age 76.