Zsa Zsa Gabor has been in and out hospitals for the past year but on Sunday, August 14, 2011 she found a reason to celebrate.
Gabor, 94, and her husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, 68, held a 25th wedding anniversary party for close friends to commemorate their marriage. The couple wed on August 14, 1986.
"This party I wanted it to be special, I wanted it to be like 25 years ago when we got married we celebrated like that," Von Anhalt told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, during their party on Sunday, August 14, 2011. "Look, my wife is 94-year-old. She should have everything she wants and she should have everything large. This big party is not for the guests, not for the media, not for me. This big party is for Zsa Zsa."
He added, "I want her to be happy. I want her to feel there's another big day."
The party had 70 guests and included the likes of Phyllis Diller and Quincy Jones, according to Gabor's spokesperson.
In July, Von Anhalt took out a billboard announcing the celebration on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
"She looks good, she has make-up, she has her hair done, and she has a little tiara. She has a beautiful favorite pink dress with silver on it. She loves it. When we the dress on this morning she smiled all over, she was so happy," Von Anhalt said about his wife's outfit for the party. "She looks really good for what she went through."
The retired actress and former socialite has been out of the spotlight in recent years. She has suffered from several health ailments and has been in and out of the hospital since the summer of 2010.
Gabor, who is partially paralyzed from a 2002 car accident and uses a wheelchair, broke her hip last July after falling out of her bed while reaching to answer her telephone as she was watching "Jeopardy!."
She underwent a hip operation and suffered several complications. During one of her hospital stays in August, she had a priest read her last rites. In January 2011, Gabor had one of her legs amputated after doctors found an infection and antibiotics failed to heal it.
She was most recently hospitalized after being treated for an infection and underwent surgery to have a new feeding tube installed. Gabor was released home on June 10.
"She's the only thing I have, if she dies I don't have anybody else to live for," Prinz Von Anhalt told OnTheRedCarpet.com back in May. "She does not want to be left alone. I sleep in a couch with my feet dangling but that's okay, we made promises that we would take care of each other until the end. I know she would do the same for me."
Gabor is reported to have been born in Budapest on Feb. 6, 1917 as Sari Gabor. She married von Anhalt, her ninth husband, in 1986. Gabor was married to Hilton, the great-grandfather of socialite Paris Hilton, from 1942 to 1947, and they had one daughter - Francesca, who is the actress' only child.
Gabor followed her actress sister Eva to Hollywood, where she later starred in movies herself, starting in 1952 with the films "Lovely to Look At," "We're Not Married!" and "Moulin Rouge." She also played herself in a brief scene in the 1991 Leslie Nielsen cop movie "The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear," in which she parodied an incident from about a year earlier in which she was convicted of slapping a police officer during a traffic dispute. She also had a cameo in the film "A Very Brady Sequel" in 1996.
Von Anhalt, who claims to be a German prince, has himself made headlines over the years.
"So we did it, 25 years, we have our secret. We used to fight in this house like anybody else did at home, that's normal in a marriage," Von Anhalt said. "But our secret is to fight it out on the spot. Don't turn around get grief and run to a lawyer. We always fought it out on the spot, this is our secret. This is why we're married for 25 years. "