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Zsa Zsa Gabor doing better, should be released from hospital soon

Showbiz legend Zsa Zsa Gabor is showing signs of improvement after a near-fatal fall two weeks ago, her publicist said Monday.

Gabor, 93, was watching “Jeopardy,” her favorite TV show, when the phone rang. When she moved to get into her wheelchair, she slipped because the wheels weren’t locked, causing her to fall and break her hip, said longtime publicist John Blanchette.

Doctors said survival was unlikely without a hip replacement, Blanchette said, and the procedure was later conducted at UCLA Medical Center.

The Hungarian film and TV star is expected to be released by Friday.

“She’s communicative but a bit depressed,” Blanchette said. “The doctors have said they’ve done everything they can do. It’s up to her now.”

Gabor has suffered a string of medical setbacks in recent years. She’s relied on a wheelchair since 2002, after a car accident on Sunset Boulevard. In 2005, she suffered a stroke and has had to rely on her husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, and others for most tasks, Blanchette said.

-- Robert Faturechi

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