Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Wins Battle with Her Daughter Francesca over Former Beauty Queen’s Estate & Her Medical Care
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 12, 2012
When I see that posts I’ve written in the past about former actress and beauty queen Zsa Zsa Gabor are spiking in readership, I tend to presume the worst. That the ailing 95-year-old Gabor has died.
But, miraculously, she has not — Gabor is still living and breathing. Instead, the leap in readership is a result of the news that Zsa Zsa’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, was awarded temporary control yesterday over her financial affairs and her medical care, ending a long battle with her daughter, Francesca Hilton. Hilton was granted the right to having weekly visits with her mother, 24-hour notice required, which von Anhalt had previously denied her.
Gabor was partially paralyzed after being in a car accident in 2002 when she was 85, and she broke her hip in 2010. Gabor’s right leg was amputated last year because of a gangrene infection and has been confined to her bed.
The prince, 27 years her junior, is Gabor’s ninth husband. He has been married to her since 1986, longer than any of her previous eight husbands. His claim of the title of German royalty has been questioned because his father had paid elderly Princess Marie-Auguste von Anhalt, the daughter-in-law of Kaiser Wilhelm II, a boatload of money to adopt young Frederic.
Reported by Yahoo! 7 News, Gabor’s husband wins battle with daughter:
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband has won a legal battle against the Hungarian-born star’s daughter over control of his 95-year-old wife’s affairs – for six months at least.
A Los Angeles judge named Prince Frederic von Anhalt as the temporary conservator for the ailing actress and her estate, ending for now a bitter battle with her daughter Francesca Hilton.
“I’m the conservator now of my wife, so that’s good,” the 68-year-old told reporters after the court hearing, adding that his wife remained in reasonable health. “She’s doing fine,” he said.
The order gives her daughter – with whom von Anhalt has long had a bitter feud, over allegations he was not properly caring for Gabor – the right to weekly visits, with 24-hour notice required.
Hilton, Gabor’s daughter by her second marriage to hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, filed a lawsuit in March asking a judge to appoint a conservator to oversee Gabor’s finances and medical care.
A lawyer for the 65-year-old said after the hearing that he was hopeful the arrangements would be sufficient to allay the daughter’s concerns about her mother.
“The outcome is an outcome where everybody agreed to a mediation … the hope is that it will work well for the six months that we’ve agreed to have it in place,” attorney Kenneth Kossoff said.
“I’m cautiously optimistic, because … we’re going to be getting monthly bank statements and cancelled cheques, so numerous provisions where I think Zsa Zsa’s interests are protected, in terms of her finances.
“My client is also able to visit her mother weekly with security to ensure that she doesn’t feel threatened,” he added.
sa Zsa Gabor’s daughter got her wish when a Los Angeles judge appointed a conservator to oversee the 95-year-old actress’s finances and medical care Wednesday.
But the man named temporary conservator is Gabor’s ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, who has feuded with his stepdaughter Francesca Hilton for years.
Hilton contended when she filed for the conservatorship in March that von Anhalt kept her ailing mother “increasingly isolated” and “heavily sedated,” and she questions his handling of Gabor’s finances.
Hilton is satisfied, though, because the court order requires her stepfather to provide monthly financial reports and medical records, Hilton lawyer Kenneth Kossoff said.
The Hungarian-born actress was once one of Hollywood’s most glamorous women, but a broken hip and leg amputation in the past two years have left her confined to a bed.
Gabor’s only child, the result of her marriage to Conrad Hilton, will also get weekly visits with her mother without von Anhalt present, the judge said.
The arrangement is an improvement for Hilton because it will “make sure Zsa Zsa’s money is used for Zsa Zsa’s benefit and not for anybody’s birthday party, billboards or mayoral campaign,” Kossoff said.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz, who also oversees singer Britney Spears’ conservatorship, ordered an end to any powers of attorney von Anhalt might claim that would have allowed him to sell Gabor’s Bel Air mansion or other estate assets.
As conservator, he must send canceled checks and other financial records to Hilton’s lawyer each month. Von Anhalt can make spending decisions with some of the money, but he must get court approval to access one bank account, Kossoff said.
Last year, von Anhalt spent $68,000 on a billboard on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood to commemorate the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary. Von Anhalt also broke the bizarre news last year to the press that he had donated sperm to a bank because he wanted Zsa Zsa to “be a mother again.” He told TMZ, “It was always my wife’s dream for us to have a child … and even though we won’t be using any of her eggs, she would be thrilled to know I’m going through with this.” A big ewww…
Hilton, only three years younger than her step-father, has accused von Anhalt of creating a “circus atmosphere” around her mother.