Monday, July 19, 2010

FAM: ZsaZsa's Hip

Publicist: Zsa Zsa Gabor's surgery went well

By Alan Duke, CNN
July 19, 2010 3:17 p.m. EDT

Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday to repair damage from a recent fall.

Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday to repair damage from a recent fall.

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday morning to repair damage suffered when she fell out of her bed Saturday night, her spokesman said.

"We're all very relieved," publicist John Blanchette said.

Gabor, 93, is likely to remain hospitalized at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at least four more days, Blanchette said.

The surgery lasted more than three hours, he said. "Her doctors are happy with the results."

Gabor was sitting in bed and fell reaching to answer the phone, he said. She was watching the television game show "Jeopardy" at the time of the fall, he said.

Blanchette said Gabor has been frail and "pretty much confined to a wheelchair" since a 2002 car accident. The crash occurred when the car in which she was riding with her hairdresser slammed into a light pole on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, has been caring for her at the couple's Bel Air, California, home, Blanchette said.

"She has an active mind. She's very bright. She's funny. She always makes me laugh whenever I talk to her," Blanchette said. "Her body's failing her."

The glamorous Hungarian-born actress, the second of the three celebrated Gabor sisters, is most famous for her eight marriages. Among her husbands were hotel millionaire Conrad Hilton and Oscar-winning actor George Sanders.

Her more prominent films include John Huston's 1952 Toulouse-Lautrec biopic, "Moulin Rouge;" "The Story of Three Loves," 1953; "The Girl in the Kremlin," 1957; and Orson Welles' classic "Touch of Evil," 1958.

In 1989, Gabor was sentenced to 72 hours in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer after a traffic stop. She also had to perform community service at a battered women's shelter.

The other Gabor sisters were Magda, the oldest, who died in 1997 five days shy of 83, and Eva, the youngest, who died in 1995 at 76.

Magda, an occasional stage actress, also was married to George Sanders at one time. [tg note: and to the uncle for whom i am his namesake]

Eva is probably best remembered for her role as a socialite turned farmer's wife on the 1960s TV sitcom "Green Acres."


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