Blondes Prefer Gentlemen

If you were a socialite who lived through the 20th century and married enough times — say, nine — eventually one of your spouses would have been in the right place at the right time and dressed fairly Ivy League.

Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died recently at the age of 99. Husband number five was Joshua S. Cosden, Jr., a Texas oilman whose Internet legacy appears to be that he was husband number five of Zsa Zsa Gabor. “I want a man who’s kind and understanding,” Gabor once quipped. “Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?” Her marriage to Cosden lasted from 1966-67.

Poor Cosden had to follow in the footsteps (about the size of his predecessor’s package) of Domenican polo-playing playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, one of the few men in Gabor’s life she never married, probably because he, too, was in search of someone rich.

Cosden is pictured above signing the death warrant of his Gabor marriage — otherwise known as the marriage license — wearing a buttondown collar, 3/2 suit, and club tie that appears to consist of crossed tennis racquets, though they could possibly be oil derricks. Wearing a tennis-racquet tie to get hitched is certainly upper-middle class, at least.

I’m strictly a brunette kind of guy, but when I see a blonde movie star who’s my type, she’s invariably a coldly glamorous platinum blonde European, like the Nazi woman in “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade,” played by Alison Doody. Or Zsa Zsa in her prime.

That is, unless it’s melancholy sweetheart June Allyson singing “Just Imagine.” — CC

14 Comments on "Blondes Prefer Gentlemen"

  1. I remember an episode of Gilligan’s Island when Zsa Zsa played the fictional socialite, Erica Tiffany Smith. She was the only visitor to the island who ever gave me the Howell’s a run for their money, aristocratically speaking. I always thought she wasn’t even really acting in the episode – she was merely playing herself.

  2. Vern Trotter | December 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm |

    Joshua Cosden was an Oklahoma oilman who came to NY and because of his money, was accepted into society and met the wealthy of the pre-stock market crash era. He bought an estate in Port Washington, Long Island, that was thought by many to be model for East Egg in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I do not believe it was because I believe I know another place that was. I have never read any thing about him except that he was from Kent County. Maryland and early on worked on the Baltimore streetcars. He knew how to make money, lose it and make it again and again. He also learned how to dress.

    I shall have to read up on him.

  3. Chatsworth Osborne | December 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm |

    Chens, like you I have always been a brunette guy. That is until I saw Tiffany Trump, very elegant and charming. Maybe I’ll see her on campus at Harvard.

  4. Two of my favorite Zsa Zsa quotes:

    “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”

    “Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended.”

  5. Zsa Zsa was a hoot in her prime during the Golden Age of TV. She was always worth watching on the Tonight Show back in the days of Allen, Parr, Kovac, and Carson. She was like the Kardashians only with beauty, class, no reality show and no porn tapes. RIP Zsa Zsa.

  6. Vern – interesting comments on Joshua. I am from Baltimore and would like to know more about him too. Please share anything that you find.

  7. Before I read the narrative for this post, I looked at the picture and thought to myself, “I never knew Zsa Zsa was married to Jimmy Stewart!?!”

  8. Not to focus too much on the clothes, but, well, to do just that–

    I’m guessing a grey melange tropical suit. Note the shoulders. Also, in addition to tennis racquets, there’s the width–plenty of silk for a substantial dimple. Appears to widen to a 3″ + blade.

    When I think of 60s-era Brooks, this is what comes to mind. To be contrasted with the super narrow lapels and ties frequently seen on campuses.

  9. “She was like the Kardashians only with beauty, class”


    Good God.

  10. Pass me the Rubirosa?

  11. @Chatsworth Osborne,

    The name “Tiffany” is enough to turn me off.

  12. I can’t ever imagine a woman like her attracting me. Maybe if I were the first.

  13. Henry Contestwinner | December 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm |

    Not my type either, but perhaps she had a certain je ne ce quoi that made her alluring, maybe even irresistible, to some types of men.

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