LEGENDARY Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is set to have part of a leg amputated.
She was hospitalised on Sunday to undergo surgery because gangrene was setting in on her right leg.
Doctors examined a lesion on the 93-year-old’s leg that had grown to a foot in length and had got infected, her publicist John Blanchette said.
He said her admission in California had been delayed because she had wanted to spend New Year’s Eve at home for her traditional celebration with champagne and caviar.
He added: “They’re going to have to amputate part of her leg.
“They said if they didn’t, she could lose her life.”
The Hungarian-born sex symbol rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s.
The former Miss Hungary winner of 1936 has starred in more than 40 films including Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, Moulin Rouge and Queen of Outer Space.
She has been married nine times.
Mr Blanchette said it was likely her leg would be taken off below the knee.
Last month her husband Frederic von Anhalt, 66, was reportedly hospitalised after he squeezed his wife’s nail glue into his eye after mistaking the bottle for eye drops.
His wife has been in and out of the hospital since she broke her hip in July and had hip replacement surgery.
Her most recent visit was in November for a leg infection.
She has used a wheelchair since being partially paralysed in a car accident in 2002. She then had a stroke in 2005.
by Milo Johnson