15 Jan 2011

Zsa Zsa Gabor loses leg to gangrene

8:59 pm on 15 January 2011

Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has had most of her right leg amputated to fight a gangrene infection.

The 93-year-old has been gravely ill since she fell and broke her hip and has been in and out of hospital in Los Angeles since July.

Doctors say about three-quarters of Gabor's right leg was removed after an infected lesion developed into gangrene.

Hungarian-born Gabor has been a fixture on Hollywood's social scene for decades.

She is well known for her roles in 1950s films Moulin Rouge and Lili, but perhaps even more famous for her lavish lifestyle and a string of wealthy husbands over the years.

Along with sisters Eva and Magda, she was a constant presence on Hollywood's social circuit and on television talk shows.

She has been married nine times and earned a degree of infamy in 1989 when she served a three-day jail term for slapping a Beverly Hills policeman who had pulled her over while she was driving.

There was no immediate word on when the Gabor would be released from the hospital, where she is under close observation.