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Zsa Zsa Gabor to have hip replacement surgery Monday

July 18, 2010 |  3:20 pm

Zsa Zsa Gabor was in good spirits and surrounded by family as she awaited hip replacement surgery scheduled for early Monday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her publicist said.

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, John Blanchette said.

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

“When Frederic called me from the hospital, he said, ‘John, it’s bad, it’s really bad,’ ” Blanchette said.

A native of Hungary, Gabor appeared in more than 40 films and was 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. Three years later, she suffered a stroke.

The four-hour surgery is scheduled for 6 a.m.

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

-- Corina Knoll