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UPDATE Zsa Zsa Gabor Turned 99 Years Old, Has Been Hospitalized


UPDATE FEB 9 2016: Zsa Zsa is in the hospital. Frederick posted a birthday video on the 8th on You Tube. Subsequently, Zsa Zsa required hospitalization because there was an infection reported in her feeding tube. What’s happened to her is a phenomenal tragedy. And there’s no happy Hollywood ending.


FROM JANUARY 13TH: Believe it or not, Zsa Zsa Gabor is still alive. She turns 99 years old next month, on February 6th. She is still in her home in Bel Air.

Her husband, Frederick Prinz van Anhalt, is only 72. I ran into him a couple of times over Golden Globes weekend. He attended parties with a business associate. This year marks the couple’s 30th wedding anniversary.

Frederick told me that Zsa Zsa does have visitors from time to time. Recent guests included game show host Alex Trebek (75) and former actress/glamour girl Ruta Lee (80).

It’s unclear how much Zsa Zsa understands, but at least she’s comfortable and well taken care of. It’s also unclear if she knows about the death of her only child, Francesca Hilton. Francesca fought with Frederick for years. Then she died just over a year ago– January 6, 2015– at age 67.

Zsa Zsa would barely recognize the world around her if she were really with it. All her friends are gone. Her famous sisters, Eva and Magda, are long gone, as their mother, Jolie Gabor. Her cousins-in-law, Paris and Nikki Hilton, replaced them all. Then they were succeeded by the Kardashians. Of course, the K’s lack the glamour and background. They’re the KMart version of the Gabors.

It’s not the people. Fur coats, the Brown Derby, good manners, they’re all gone, too. It’s best that she stay in bed.

And PS– there are pics of Zsa Zsa now on Google, but she would be so distraught if we used them. Zsa Zsa was all about glamour, glitz and Hollywood, the entire fantasy. Let’s think of her that way.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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