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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s health in serious condition: publicist

Zsa Zsa Gabor is in very serious condition and her family today asked for a priest to visit her at a Los Angeles hospital.

“It’s a very difficult time for her family and for us,’ said longtime Gabor publicist John Blanchette.

Gabor spent her 24th wedding anniversary Saturday at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center, recovering from surgery to remove two blood clots, her publicist said.

Husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt was at her side and speaking with her, Blanchette said.

The 93-year-old celebrity fell out of bed and broke her hip at her Bel Air home July 17, underwent hip replacement surgery and, after some ups and downs, was released Wednesday.

But she developed blood clots and was taken back to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Friday, publicist John Blanchette said.

“There were actually two clots. One was very close to the heart, so we’re lucky they caught it in time,’ he said.

“They put two stents into the artery. The operation was a success.’

Zsa Zsa is the last of the three glamorous Gabor sisters, all of whom had careers in show business. Magda, who was the eldest, died in 1997 at age 82.

Eva, who starred in the 1960s CBS sitcom “Green Acres,’ died in 1995 at age 76.

Born Sari Gabor on Feb. 6, 1917, in Budapest, Hungary, Zsa Zsa was discovered by opera tenor Richard Tauber during a trip to Vienna in 1936 and was invited to perform in “Der Singende Traum,’ or “The Singing Dream.’

She arrived in the United States about 1941.

By the early 1950s, she was appearing in films, including John Huston’s version of “Moulin Rouge’ and Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil.’

She made headlines in 1989 when she was arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who pulled her over for a traffic violation and spent three days in jail.

In 2002, she was partly paralyzed in a car wreck in which her hairdresser was driving, and in 2005 she suffered a stroke.

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