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Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, shown in a 1992 file photo, was hospitalized on Tuesday.
updated 2/1/2011 5:13:24 PM ET 2011-02-01T22:13:24

Zsa Zsa Gabor has a high fever, fluid in her lungs, an infection that developed after her recent leg amputation, and hasn't recognized anyone since the surgery, leading doctors to say she probably suffered a stroke, her husband said Tuesday.

Frederic Prinz von Anhalt was at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with his wife as doctors worked to stabilize her in the emergency room.

Gabor, whose 94th birthday is Sunday, ate breakfast then started spitting up blood and was running the fever, von Anhalt said.

"The doctor told me her leg is infected again. They have to treat it right now. Hopefully they are going to get her stabilized in a few hours," von Anhalt said. Her leg was amputated because of gangrene.

Gabor was "sort of conscious," he said.

"She doesn't know what is going on. She has no memories. It could come back but the doctor doesn't know yet," van Anhalt said.

Doctors told him the only explanation for her failed memory was that she had a small stroke during the amputation.

Gabor was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Jan. 22, a week after doctors removed most of her right leg.

A hospital spokesman said because of confidentiality laws, he could not confirm or deny that she was at the hospital or give a condition update.

Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July. She had been hospitalized several times for swelling and clots then the amputation.

After the surgery, Dr. David Rigberg, associate professor of vascular surgery at the hospital, said there were no complications, but her health was frail and she was being monitored closely.

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During one hospital trip in August, Gabor was listed in critical condition and asked for a priest, but she recovered and returned home.

Gabor has used a wheelchair since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, and she had a stroke in 2005.

A Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, Gabor appeared in movies such as "Moulin Rouge" in 1952 and "Queen of Outer Space" in 1958.

She was a regular on the television special and game show circuit, always with her trademark accent and endearment "dahling."

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Photos: Zsa Zsa Gabor

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  1. Early days

    Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sari Gabor in Budapest in 1917. She studied at a Swiss boarding school and moved into singing and acting in Europe by the 1930s. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. For the fans

    Gabor began acting in the U.S. in 1952 along with her sisters, Magda and Eva. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Dressed to the nines

    Gabor starred as singer Jane Avril in the 1952 film "Moulin Rouge." The film was nominated for seven Oscars, although Gabor herself was not nominated. It won for best art direction and costume design. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Art of the film

    Jose Ferrer and Suzanne Flon also starred with Gabor in "Moulin Rouge," which is based on the life of artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. To play Toulouse-Lautrec, who was just five feet tall, the five-foot-nine-inch Ferrer performed some scenes walking on his knees. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Surrounded by baggage

    Gabor, left, appeared with comedian Judy Canova on "The Colgate Comedy Hour," an NBC comedy series that ran from 1950-1955. (Ed Clark / Time & Life Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Family portrait

    Three generations of Gabors gathered in Vienna's Hotel Sacher to take this 1955 portrait. From left, the top row shows Magda, the sisters' mother Jolie, and Eva. The bottom row features Zsa Zsa, the sister's father Vilmos, and Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca. The three Gabor sisters have 20 marriages among them, but Francesca, daughter of Zsa Zsa and hotel baron Conrad Hilton, is the only child of any of them. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Where 'Evil' works

    Gabor, center, had a small role as a strip-club owner in Orson Welles' famed 1958 crime drama, "Touch of Evil." The film's famed opening sequence, three and a half minutes of a continuous shot following a bomb placed into a car, is considered one of the greatest long shots ever filmed. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. F is for Fun

    Gabor, center, with Larry Storch at right, played a gypsy grifter on a 1966 episode of "F Troop." Gabor appeared in numerous TV shows, including "Mr. Ed," "Gilligan's Island," "The Love Boat," "Batman" and "Facts of Life." (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Here's Johnny

    Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor were talk-show regulars. Zsa Zsa is seen here appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1968. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Still statuesque

    Gabor kept her figure and youthful looks for decades. Although her birth date has been debated, she is believed to have been born in 1917, making her 52 in this 1969 photo taken on the set of the game show "Name Droppers." (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Island' girl

    Jim Backus, who played millionaire Thurston Howell III on "Gilligan's Island," shared a scene with Gabor in 1965. She played Erika Tiffany Smith, a fellow millionaire who wants to buy the castaways' island. The Skipper develops a crush on Smith, but she only has eyes for the Professor. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sister, sister

    Zsa Zsa's youngest sister, Eva, left, had an acting career of her own, starring as the city socialite thrust into country life in "Green Acres." Like her sisters, she wed often. Eva Gabor was married five times. When she passed away in 1995 at age 76, her mother was still living. Jolie Gabor would die at age 100 in 1997, but was never aware her daughter had passed away. (David Mcgough / Time & Life Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Freddy's coming for you, dahling

    Gabor and talk-show host Dick Cavett shared a memorable scene in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors." A character dreams she is watching Gabor on Cavett's talk show, when suddenly Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund, center) appears and slashes Gabor to death. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. The slap heard round the world

    Later in life, Gabor made the news for a 1989 incident where she slapped a Beverly Hills policeman who stopped her for a traffic violation. She claimed he had sworn at her. She served 72 hours in jail and numerous legends, true or not, have sprung up about her time there. It was claimed she said she had to "bathe in Evian water" and that her release from jail was delayed 15 minutes so she could put on her makeup. (Kevork Djansezian / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Laughing at yourself

    Gabor went on to parody her famous cop-slapping incident in the movie "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" and on a 1991 episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," starring Will Smith. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ready for the ball

    Gabor also did some stage acting. She's seen here performing in "Cinderella" in Los Angeles in 1993, but she also acted in "Forty Carats" on Broadway and traveled with the national tour of perennial Broadway favorite "Blithe Spirit." (Chris Martinez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Husband number nine

    Gabor has been married nine times, wedding Frederick Von Anholt in 1986. Her third husband, George Sanders, later married her older sister Magda, but just for six weeks. A famous story claims that Gabor was once asked how many husbands she'd had, to which she is said to have replied, "You mean, besides my own?" (Time & Life Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Health issues

    Gabor had hip replacement surgery in 2010, at age 93, but her recovery was slow and an infection developed. (Istvan Bajzat / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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