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Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter seeks conservatorship of aging actress

March 20, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Prince Fredric von Anhalt and billboard
Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter is asking a judge to appoint a conservator to oversee the 95-year-old actress's finances and medical care, saying her mother's husband is not doing a good job.

The Hungarian-born actress suffered a broken hip and leg amputation in the past two years that have left her confined to a bed, and Gabor's ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, is keeping her "increasingly isolated" and "heavily sedated," daughter Francesca Hilton contends.

"What Ms. Hilton is seeking here is for the court to make sure that Zsa Zsa's best interests are not being sacrificed for the selfish interests of anyone involved in Zsa Zsa's life," said her lawyer, Kenneth Kossoff, according to CNN.

Kossoff said he planned to file a conservatorship petition in a Los Angeles court Tuesday.

The filing questions how Von Anhalt is handling Gabor's finances, saying he recently borrowed on Gabor's $10-million Bel-Air mansion, but the house is in foreclosure after several missed mortgage payments.

Hilton and Von Anhalt have publicly battled for several years over Gabor's finances and Hilton's access to her mother.

"He's basically taken my mother away from me," Hilton told CNN in an interview a year ago.

Von Anhalt, in an interview with CNN, said he limits his stepdaughter's access because she brings negativity.

"I want smiling people in here, happy smiling people," he said.

With Tuesday's filing, Hilton hopes to take away the responsibility from von Anhalt.

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-- From a Times staff writer

Photo: Prince Frederic von Anhalt outside a 44-foot billboard he purchased for $68,000 as a gift to his wife, Zsa Zsa Gabor, in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary last year. The billboard was on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

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