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George Sanders was born on July 3, 1906 in St. Petersburg, a part of the Russian Empire. His parents were Henry Peter Ernest Sanders and Margarethe Jenny Bertha Kolbe.
His family fled the Russian Revolution in 1917 and went to England, where George continued his education. At the recommendation of Greer Garson, he went into acting. His first film was in 1929 and he began to gain popularity for roles as his career went steadily forward. By 1940, he had starring roles and was getting married to Susan Larson. They divorced in 1949 and he almost immediately remarried to Zsa Zsa Gabor. They remained married until 1954, when they decided to divorce. He was single until 1959, when he married Benita Hume. It was around this time (1960) that he published his autobiography titled, "Memoirs of a Professional Cad", which was a popular book. George and Benita stayed married until her death in 1967. In that same year, his brother and fellow actor Tom Conway also passed away.
George made one last attempt at marriage in 1970 to Magda Gabor, however, this marriage lasted just over a month and ended badly. He began drinking heavily after this and discovered that he was beginning to suffer from dementia, which began affecting his balance and motor skills. Having had great success in his career but failure after failure in his personal life, and with his health declining, he decided to take his own life in a hotel room in Spain. His body was returned to England, cremated, and the ashes scattered in the English Channel.
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