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Hollywood star Gabor has stroke
Zsa Zsa Gabor (pictured in 1989)
It is the second stroke Gabor has suffered
Film actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has undergone surgery after suffering a stroke, her husband has said.

Frederic von Anhalt said his wife, who is aged in her 80s, had treatment in a Los Angeles hospital to remove a blockage to an artery.

"The doctors are very optimistic that she will recover. The operation was successful," he said.

Gabor needed treatment after suffering the stroke at her Bel-Air home. It was the actress' second stroke.

Head injuries

"She's in intensive care, critical but stable," Mr Von Anhalt added.

"She just didn't have any feeling. She was numb. She was alert, but she had no feeling in her hand and couldn't pick up anything.

"She is recovering right now, and we have to see."

Gabor was involved in a car accident in 2002 in which she suffered head injuries and was left partially paralysed.

Gabor is also currently embroiled in a courtroom battle with her only daughter, Francesca Hilton, over claims that she defrauded Gabor of $2m (1.1m) to buy a new house.

"She's under a lot of stress. She's still recovering from the accident and there's the stress with her daughter," Mr Von Anhalt added.

Community service

Gabor is most famous for her multiple marriages - at least eight, including husbands Count Felipe de Alba, Jack Ryan and businessman Herbert Hutner.

Gabor, crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, appeared in films such as Lili and Moulin Rouge, both in 1953.

But she later found herself playing roles in camp movies including Queen of Outer Space in 1958 and Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood in 1976.

In 1989 she was sentenced to 72 hours in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.

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