Zsa Zsa Gabor and her family (mom Jolie, sisters Magda & Eva) were famous in the heyday of the Hollywood social scene primarily solely for being famous! (Eva did prove herself an accomplished comedienne in the sitcom GREEN ACRES and similarly themed guest star roles and segued nicely into becoming a sought-after talk & game show participant and arm candy for mogul Merv Griffin…) For better or worse (a phrase Zsa Zsa would utter many times during her several marriage ceremonies), there would never have been a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian if it weren’t for the Gabors: glamorous, flamboyant gals who flaunted their feminine wiles to adoring audiences.
Never one to eschew the spotlight, Zsa Zsa married nine times (eight legally) and found the perfect spouse in her Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, to whom she’s been wed since 1986. While it’s easy to dismiss his presence by Zsa Zsa’s side purely as one seeking to bask in and/or steal away her fading spotlight, it should be remembered that he is also a constant companion and caretaker to the increasingly ailing Showbiz Legend. He might smile for the paparazzi, but at home he’s taking care of a lot of unseemly nursing duties…according to my sources, without complaint or resentment. Never has Ms. Gabor been rushed to the hospital while Frederic is lunching at Spago or prowling the Polo Lounge…he is always by her side (unfortunately, much to the chagrin or suspicion of the press and public).
For Zsa Zsa’s recent 95th birthday, a major milestone given her mounting ailments, Frederic threw a party for his wife…trying to make it an occasion she could enjoy from the confines of her bed, while still having the flair of a Hollywood event. As a longtime friend and colleague, I had been invited to attend but was on the other side of the country at the time. As usual, the press made the party sound like a scene from GREY GARDENS…with Zsa Zsa “kept behind closed doors” and even poking fun at the eclectic menu (Keep in mind Zsa Zsa is Hungarian* and Frederic is German).
So no matter what conspiracy theories you may read in the blogosphere, I thought you might like the straight talk from Zsa Zsa’s trusted (and trustworthy) publicist about what really went down in Beverly Hills. He emailed me this morning:
Zsa Zsa's birthday party was a big success. About 150 people showed up including Lou Diamond Phillips, Larry King, Lainie Kazan, Connie Stevens, Beverly DeAngelo, Bruce Vilanch, Sid Croft and teen sensation Caleb sang his new hit, "Turn On the Lights." He also led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Zsa Zsa. The room was full of flowers and other birthday gifts brought by attendees. Frederic was a terrific host and brought some of Wolfgang Puck's Black Forest birthday cake in to Zsa Zsa. She loves chocolate and devoured her slice. Laughs and good cheer filled the evening. They served Zsa Zsa's recipe for Hungarian Goulash, along with passed hors d'oeuvres and sausages, pretzels which were flown in from Germany that morning and baked in the kitchen oven before serving. Plenty of Moet Chandon Champagne flowed. FYI Dr. Jedelson, her doctor, wouldn't allow cameras in the bedroom. Frederic spent days preparing for this and it was quite a spread and everyone had a great time. There were lots of local dignitaries in attendance, Hollywood agents and publicists. The head of the Red Cross visited as well as the Director of the Vera Davis Family Center in Venice, where she did her community service for slapping the cop in 1989. John
*Zsa Zsa’s amazing Hungarian Goulash recipe can be found in my book HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: EXPOSED! and is truly delicious!