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ZSA ZSA BEATS OUT GUMBEL FOR `WHINER OF ’89' AWARD

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Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who turned a traffic court case into an international media event, was named the "Most Recognizable Whiner of 1989."

Gabor's selection Monday was overwhelming, said Kevin Zaborney, founder of National Whiner's Day. He said the actress beat out NBC Today host Bryant Gumbel, who finished second. Former first lady Nancy Reagan was third, followed by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and Tammy Faye Bakker."The biggest reason why she's No. 1 is because she whined how she was wronged by the court and others," Zaborney said. "This was seen by many as a selfish way for her to get free publicity for herself."

Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping an officer after he pulled over her $225,000 Rolls-Royce for having expired license tags.

Zaborney said Gumbel was just behind Gabor for whining in an internal memo that weatherman Willard Scott was detracting from the seriousness of the Today show when he read birthday greetings to 100-year-old people.

Reagan made the list, he said, because "the tone of her autobiographical book was very whiney." Helms was fourth because of his whining in Congress, Zaborney said. Bakker was nominated for her continued whining about how she and her husband have been mistreated, Zaborney said.

Gabor also has encountered problems selling her home in Bel-Air, which has been on the market since June 1988. While most people might lower their price, Gabor has been raising hers, from $6.95 million when it was first offered to $10 million in July 1988 and finally to $15 million.