BY NANCY DILLON, PETER SBLENDORIO
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to a hospital with a nasty infection Monday and will need surgery to replace her feeding tube, her worried husband told the Daily News.
The "Moulin Rouge" star — who turned 99 on Saturday — is on antibiotics at UCLA Medical Center and won't have the procedure until later in the week, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt said Tuesday.
"She is stabilized. But with an infection, you never know. It's up and down right now, so we have to wait," he said.
"I can talk to her a little bit. I tell her it's all okay. She's able to squeeze my hand. She knows when I'm there. I tell her it's just a checkup and routine and don't worry and that keeps her happy."
Zsa Zsa Gabor was taken to the hospital on Monday after experiencing breathing issues.
The 72-year-old German businessman said he's most worried about the anesthesia that doctors plan to use for the surgery.
"That always is something that scares me, especially at her age. Lots of people don't wake up, and that always gives me a bad feeling,” he said.
“When she goes and then wakes up that will be perfect. But anyhow, we have to do it.”
Gabor has been married to Frederic Prinz von Anhalt since 1986.
Prinz von Anhalt said he had to call for help Monday when Gabor had trouble breathing. She had mucus in her throat that he was unable to remove on his own, he said.
"When it is in her throat I usually can soak it out. But I can only go so deep and then it has to be done with a doctor. If she breathes it in, it goes into her lungs," he said.
"The main thing now is her feeding tube. It's infected."
Gabor (right) seen here with her famous sisters, Magda and Eva, and mother Jolie.
"Hopefully they'll get everything done and then get her home by the weekend,” he added.
The Hungary-born actress has had a series of medical issues over the past decade.
She received last rites from a Catholic priest in 2010 after a broken hip left her in very serious condition, and she had her right leg amputated in 2011 to prevent an infection from spreading to the rest of her body.
Gabor earned a tremendous following early in life, as much for her stunning good looks and flamboyant personality as for her talent on camera and the stage.
She also is notorious for having been married nine times, most recently to Prinz von Anhalt in 1986.
She once famously summed up her extensive romantic life by saying: "Men have always liked me and I have always liked men. But I like a mannish man, a man who knows how to talk to and treat a woman — not just a man with muscles."
Her two late sisters, Magda and Eva, were similarly famous, with the latter notably starring on the mega-popular, farm-based sitcom "Green Acres" for six seasons from 1965 to 1971.
Despite her many marriages, Gabor only had one daughter — Francesa Hilton, who died early last year following a stroke.
Gabor hasn't been seen publicly in several years.
Zsa Zsa , hope your recovery is fast and speedy .... our prayers go out to you and your family ... The PICs