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Zsa Zsa Gabor to have hip replacement surgery, daughter says

July 19, 2010 |  8:15 am

Zsa Zsa Gabor was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery Monday morning after a fall over the weekend.

Her daughter released a statement Monday saying she hoped the surgery and recovery would go well and saying her mother's condition is not dire.

"My mother is not in critical condition or at death's door," said daughter Constance Francesca Hilton in a statement. She was on the phone in the hospital today while having lunch."

The 93-year-old actress broke her right hip Saturday after she fell out of bed while reaching for a ringing telephone at her Bel-Air home, said John Blanchette, Gabor's publicist.

Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband, called an ambulance and spent the night at the hospital with her.  Hilton joined her later.

Blanchette said, "When Frederic called me from the hospital, he said, 'John, it’s bad, it’s really bad.' "

A native of Hungary, Gabor appeared in more than 40 films and became known for her multiple marriages and lavish lifestyle. Her late sisters Eva and Magda were also actresses and socialites.

Gabor has been partially paralyzed since 2002, when a car driven by her hairdresser hit a pole on Sunset Boulevard. She suffered a stroke in 2005.

"She’s a fighter, and we’re hopeful that things will work out well," Blanchette said.

--Corina Knoll

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