Monday, April 4, 2011
Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, and her daughter, Francesca Hilton, are locked in an increasingly public battle over the care the ailing actress has been receiving.
Through a spokesman, Hilton called it a "shameless publicity stunt" after Von Anhalt told media outlets including The Times that Gabor was stricken after hearing of Elizabeth Taylor's death and had to be admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after her blood pressure spiked.
Hilton spokesman Edward Lozzi said a UCLA medical center official said Gabor had not been placed under the hospital's care and that Gabor suffered from dementia and was unable to speak. He took particular issue with a statement that Von Anhalt said about Gabor being concerned she could be the third in a series of celebrities who had recently died.
"His latest stunt of my mother and Elizabeth Taylor's death allegedly putting her in the hospital, (untrue) keeps destroying the true legacy of Zsa Zsa Gabor and the Gabors and the Hiltons," Hilton said in a statement released through Lozzi.
Von Anhalt called the claims by Hilton and her spokesman "nonsense." He said taking care of his wife was a 24-hour job and that last week Gabor had been admitted to UCLA under a different name. "She always goes in under a different name."
Gabor has struggled with health problems including hospitalization for a lung infection and amputation of her right leg. This week the 93-year-old actress was back in the hospital for what Von Anhalt described as a lung infection that included spitting up blood.
Lozzi confirmed she had been to the hospital.
"She said her mother is where she should be, which is in the hospital," Lozzi said. When Gabor "is there, it's the only time Francesa knows her mother is being cared for properly and knows exactly what's happening wth her mother."
--Andrew Blankstein - LA Times
Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor celebrated her 94th birthday. Credit: Prince Frederic von Anhalt; The couple in 1989. Credit: AP