Zsa Zsa Gabor has never been one to shy away from the limelight. But she’s been pretty quiet in recent years. Probably because she’s in her nineties and experiencing major health problems, including a hip replacement and a leg amputation in the last year. She has been unable to walk since 2002. Now her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, has told the media he intends to make Zsa Zsa a mother again at the spry age of 94.
His plan, he says, is to use “an egg donor, artificial insemination and a surrogate mother”. I’m not sure that combination of things is even scientifically possible, but then, von Anhalt does not seem to be a man governed by logic. The Prince was asked whether he was concerned that Zsa Zsa might be too old to take care of a new baby. But the Prince is unconcerned:
“I’m a retired guy, I can take care of it.” (Pronoun choice noted.) So how old is this guy?
67. Which, depending on whether you determine life expectancy by country of residence or country of origin, means he hits the average age of male death in either 7 or 8 years. (Zsa Zsa is already beating the odds by over a decade, no matter where you get the numbers from). I’m all for older parents. But when the younger partner is pushing 70, some serious consideration may be required.
This baby is reportedly Zsa Zsa’s idea. She is said to have originally brought it up 25 years ago when the two got together. It’s not clear why it didn’t happen then—perhaps the surrogacy process was less popularized. But it seems that Zsa Zsa re-raised the issue recently, and von Anhalt is making it happen.
“I’ve gone through the initial steps of donor matching and blood work and next week the donation process will begin,” von Anhalt said.
Zsa Zsa has one daughter, Francesca Hilton, daughter of hotel mogul Conrad Hilton. She is 64 and was unaware of this plan until she was informed last week. When she found out, she thought, “That’s just weird.”
Speaking of weird, Prince von Althalt was not born with his title, but acquired it when he was adopted by German woman. As an ADULT.
He says they are having this baby to prevent him from sinking into despair after Zsa Zsa’s death. “”In life you need something to live for,” he said. “If my wife passes away before me, I have nothing to live for.” Additionally, he says, they are motivated by that most altruistic of reasons for reproduction: to carry on the family name.
Gabor, that is.
The family fortune, I’m sure, has nothing to do with it.