LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized Sunday to undergo surgery to have part of her right leg amputated because gangrene was setting in, a representative said.

Doctors examined a lesion on Gabor’s leg that had gone from just over an inch to about a foot and was growing gangrenous, publicist John Blanchette said.

“They’re going to have to amputate part of her leg,” Blanchette said. “They said if they didn’t, she could lose her life.”

He said the amputation would be just below the knee.

She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for surgery, and husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt was with her, Blanchette said.

There was no immediate word on when the surgery would occur.

The 93-year-old former actress broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been hospitalized several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body. She was in critical condition and asked for a priest to read her last rites during a hospital visit in August, but recovered and returned home.

Gabor has used a wheelchair since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, and had a stroke in 2005.

A Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, Gabor had a brief and unremarkable film career, appearing in films ranging from “Moulin Rouge” in 1952 to “Queen of Outer Space” in 1958, and had no regular television role like her sister Eva had on “Green Acres.”

Her primary role was herself — appearing on TV specials and game shows, as a guest on several television series, and in real-life dramas like her slapping of a Beverly Hills policeman in 1989 that led to a brief jail term.

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Comments (8)
  1. Nancy Caldera says:

    Get well, your a great person, you are one of a kind, and beautiful.. A fan Nancy Caldera

  2. Jackie Winters says:

    Our prayers will be with you, thanks for all the great shows you made. God bless you.

  3. Judy says:

    Just when you think you’ve been thru enough -something else happens. A healthy recovery to “The Queen of Outer Space”.

  4. Roger Jones says:

    There are some people one can duplicate but not Zsa Zsa. She was one of those people that did not have do anything to be talented. Eveything this woman did she did it with class and finess.

    Roger Jones

  5. Shirley says:

    You have lived a beautiful life. You have given the world memorable movies we will never forget. God will be with you all the way. Have a safe and speedy recovery. LOL.

  6. Not newsworthy says:

    Blah blah blah

  7. BH COP says:

    She is short tempered and not worthy for this news column.

    1. 2958 says:

      Go back to harrasing people!

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