Gabor's husband puts up 25th anniversary billboard

July 28, 2011 - 7:45 PM
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A billboard showing an original wedding photo of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Prince Frederic von Anhalt is seen on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, Calif., Thursday, July 28, 2011. Gabor and von Anhalt will celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband is saying happy anniversary in a big way.

Frederic Von Anhalt has taken out a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to celebrate the couple's 25th wedding anniversary. Beside the couple's wedding photo, it reads, "Prince Frederic & Princess Zsa Zsa 25 years and counting." It also includes Von Anhalt's website.

Gabor and Von Anhalt were married August 14, 1986.

He said the billboard is an anniversary gift for his ailing 94-year-old wife, who smiled when she saw a picture of it on TV.

"She said, 'Oscar de la Renta,'" Von Anhalt said Thursday, adding that she is wearing a dress by the designer in the photo on the billboard. "It was her favorite dress, and she looked at it and she remembered it."

Von Anhalt said he spent his "life savings" on the $68,000 billboard, which will be up for one month.

"The billboard was very expensive," said the 68-year-old, who says he is a German prince. "I just put my life savings in it. I said forget about tomorrow. I want to do it today. I want to do it for her."

"Being married to Zsa Zsa these 25 years, it's priceless," he continued. "What she gave to me, the things we did together, the happy life we had together, you can't pay for it with money. It was perfect. It was just perfect and we're going to go on."

Gabor has been hospitalized repeatedly over the past year and had her leg amputated in January. Von Anhalt said she remains bedridden at home.

"It didn't get better or worse," he said. "Every day is a gift from God when you're 94 and have been through all those things. We make the best out of it and make it as comfortable as possible for her."

He said that he is planning an anniversary party at the couple's Bel-Air home next month. Gabor wants to see some friends, he said, who will be allowed to visit her in her bedroom one at a time.

Von Anhalt said his wife will have her hair and makeup done for the party: "She can't get out of bed, but I want her to look beautiful."

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