January 3, 2011 / 4:07 AM / 8 years ago

Zsa Zsa Gabor awaiting decision on leg amputation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was resting in a Los Angeles hospital on Monday, awaiting a decision on whether her leg should be amputated because of gangrene, her husband said on Monday.

Gabor, who is believed to be 93, is receiving antibiotics and a decision on amputation will probably have to wait “two or three days”, said Prince Frederic von Anhalt.

“We don’t know; the antibiotics have to kick in,” von Anhalt, the ninth husband of the legendary Hollywood star, told reporters.

The Hungarian-born actress has been in declining health since July, when she broke her hip, and was later hospitalized with blood clots. She was given the last rites in August and taken home after declining further surgery.

Von Anhalt said her right leg had become infected and had swelled, turning gangrenous. She was taken back to hospital on Sunday after insisting on spending New Year’s Eve at home for her traditional celebration of champagne and caviar.

Gabor’s spokesman said the actress had been bedridden for the past few months. Spokesman John Blanchette said amputation would bring obvious complications because of Gabor’s age but a successful operation could add a few years to her life.

As an actress, Gabor is best known for her roles in the 1950s movies “Moulin Rouge” and “Lili,” but she is perhaps better known for marrying a string of wealthy husbands.

Along with her sisters Eva and Magda, she was a fixture on Hollywood’s social circuit and TV talk shows for decades where she called everyone “dah-ling” in her thick accent.

Gabor has been married nine times, and she earned a degree of infamy in 1989 when she served a three-day jail term for slapping a Beverly Hills policeman who had pulled her over. Unbowed, she emerged from jail complaining about the food.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Dean Goodman; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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