- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2005

Zsa Zsa sues daughter

A multimillion-dollar family feud over who controls ailing actress/socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor’s will has spilled into the courtroom.

Miss Gabor, 88, and her ninth husband,Frederic von Anhalt, Miss Gabor’s husband of 19 years, are suing her only daughter, accusing Francesca Hilton of stealing $2 million by forging her mother’s signature to take out a loan on Miss Gabor’s $14 million Bel Air home.

The inheritance spat involves family names associated with the most lavish of lifestyles. Miss Hilton’s father was Miss Gabor’s second husband, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. She’s the great-aunt of ParisandNicky Hilton.

The suit filed Wednesday in Superior Court alleges elder abuse, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It seeks to force Miss Hilton to return the money and asks for punitive damages.

Miss Gabor remains partially paralyzed from a 2002 car accident and Miss Hilton said her mental health is suffering.

Mr. von Anhalt declined to make her available to speak with an Associated Press reporter. He said she is “just furious” at her daughter’s actions.

“[Miss Hilton] always comes for a handout to her mother,” he said. “She always wants money, money, money, money.”

Miss Hilton, 47, called her mother “a manic-depressive” and accused her stepfather of being “in it for the money.”

Marilyn Monroe auction

A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off along with her personal phone book containing private numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000.

The 1962 painting by the actress of a red rose was initially inscribed to President John F. Kennedy, but she never gave it to him, said Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien’s Auctions, which organized Saturday’s auction of Monroe memorabilia.

She later wrote a second inscription over the first: “Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe.”

The small, brown leather phone book contains hundreds of typed numbers and addresses for everyone from her dry cleaner and doctor to famous friends such as Peter Lawford, Henry Fonda, Desi ArnazandJean Kennedy Smith, as well as ex-husbands Joe DiMaggioandArthur Miller. Five phone numbers are listed for Mr. Sinatra.

Her estate sold the phone book for $90,000 to GoldenPalace.com, Associated Press reported. The painting went for $78,000 to collector David Davis, who runs an art gallery in Rhode Island.

Compiled from wire reports by Kevin Chaffee

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