Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at 99 after suffering a heart attack, reports TMZ.
Gabor, who began her acting career on the stage in Vienna before being crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, was rushed to the hospital on Sunday where she was pronounced dead, according to TMZ. The outlet adds on that over the past few years, her husband, Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, has held birthday parties for Gabor, but visitors were “not allowed in her bedroom” because of her illness.
Read on to learn more about Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt.
1. He Was Adopted as an Adult by Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt
Frederic was born Robert Hans Lichtenberg. In 1980, at age 36, he was adopted by Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt, the daughter-in-law of German Emperor Wilhelm II. His name was then changed to “Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt”, though “Prinz” is not a part of his legal surname. According to a 2007 Vanity Fair article, Frederic helped support the princess financially after being adopted. The outlet reports him as saying, “This woman was supported by the government; she gets only enough money to just live. All of a sudden here’s somebody who gives her a better life. I gave her $4,000 every month, which was good money then. I gave this woman in her last days a lot of pleasure.”
Over the course of his life, Vanity Fair reports von Ahhalt as selling 68 knighthoods for $50,000 apiece, and marrying and divorcing six wives prior to meeting Zsa Zsa. When asked who the wives were, von Anhalt says, “Just good-looking blonde girls, all of them… Sometimes I had a feeling they wanted me to marry them because of the title, so they could become princesses. But as long as I had fun, who cares?”
2. He Claims He Had a Decade-Long Affair With Anna Nicole Smith
According to a 2007 article by CNN, Frederick claimed he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and that he “may be the father of her baby daughter.” The outlet adds on that the statement was made the day after Smith died.
The claim came in the midst of a paternity suit over Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn. Howard K. Stern was listed as the 5-month-old’s father on her birth certificate, but at the time, Smith’s former boyfriend Larry Birkhead claimed he was the biological father. Von Anhalt then came forward and told the Associated Press, “If you go back from September, she wasn’t with one of those guys, she was with me.”
In early April of that same year, a DNA test revealed that Larry Birkhead, Smith’s former love interest, was indeed the father. TMZ subsequently received a statement from Von Anhalt’s reps, which read, “We never intended to take Dannielynn from anyone, we were just here in case Prince Von Anhalt was the father. We wish Larry luck in raising Dannielynn and we wish him the best.”
3. He Is Gabor’s Ninth Husband
Von Anhalt is Gabor’s ninth husband– she was divorced seven times, and her marriage to Felipe de Alba (which lasted only one day) was annulled. She had one child, Francesca Hilton.
Gabor’s first marriage was to Burnham Asaf Belge, a Turkish politician, from 1937 to 1941. She was just 15 at the time of the wedding. According to Vanity Fair, although the two were married for four years, she says in one her autobiographies that she never slept with him.
Zsa Zsa is the last remaining Gabor sister, and would have turned 100 on February 6.
4. He Did Not Tell Gabor About Her Daughter’s Death
In 2015, Gabor’s daughter, Francesca Hilton, died at age 67 after suffering a stroke. The New York Daily News reports von Anhalt as saying that he would not tell Gabor about her death to spare her the pain. “Zsa Zsa is not aware of the news and I will not let anybody get close to my wife and tell her. She will not know about it… She is a target for strokes. She’ll be 98 in a couple weeks with blood pressure on the rise. I don’t want her to have bad news.”
Von Anhalt also hinted at the strained relationship between him and Francesca. “I didn’t get along with her, but my wife loved her.”
5. He Did Not Tell Gabor When Her Own Leg Was Being Amputated
In 2011, Gabor’s right leg was amputated above the knee because of a lesion that was not responding to antibiotics. At the time, CNN reported that von Anhalt did not tell Gabor she was being taken into surgery for the amputation. The outlet reported him as saying, “Eventually, she will feel it, and then she will ask me and at that moment I don’t even want to think about it.”
In the article, CNN details how Hilton “… complained that doctors had been ordered by Von Anhalt not to talk to her or let her see her mother.”
Gabor had first been hospitalized with a swollen leg in November of 2010. Von Anhalt told CNN that at first, paramedics thought she had a blood clot, but later determined it was an infection.
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