Francesca Hilton, the daughter of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, died in Los Angeles on Monday, her publicist said. She was 67.
Hilton, whose father was the late hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, suffered an apparent stroke, according to her publicist Edward Lozzi. She was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“We were on the phone minutes before she died. We were discussing her book she was writing and a possible deal. She had to go to the restroom. She never made it out,” Lozzi said in a statement.
Hilton leaves behind her fiance Michael Natis.
Hilton, whose full name was Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, was a child of wealth and fame and once dated actor Peter Sellers, said Lozzi. During the 1980s, Hilton held several jobs including work as a photographer and actress.
Among other roles, Hilton had a small part in the 1971 film “A Safe Place,” which starred Jack Nicholson. As early as 2008, she regularly performed at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard.
In a 2008 Los Angeles Times profile, Hilton said she once had a summer job taking reservations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“They’d always ask your name so they could scream at you if it didn’t work out,” she said at the time. “When I gave them my name they said, ‘Surrrre.’ I’d go, ‘Listen, do you want to make a reservation?’ ”
Hilton also spoke about her turbulent relationship with her mother’s ninth husband, Frederic von Anhalt. They frequently battled over her mother’s finances and care.
Von Anhalt sued Hilton in 2005, claiming she had forged her mother’s signature to take out a $2-million loan by using Gabor’s $14-million home as collateral.
In a separate suit, Hilton accused Von Anhalt of manipulating her mother to get into his wife’s will. A Los Angeles judge dismissed the lawsuit after Gabor failed to show up for court hearings.
In 2012, Hilton filed a petition requesting an independent conservatorship be set up to watch out for the health and financial interests of her mother. A Los Angeles judge granted the conservatorship, but made Von Anhalt the temporary conservator of her mother’s finances, which were to be used only for her care. Hilton alleged Von Anhalt was using her mother’s money on lavish parties.
When her father died in 1979, much of his multimillion dollar estate was left to his foundation and Hilton was given $100,000. She contested the will in court, but lost.
“You can’t live in the past. That was his decision,” she told The Times in 2008, noting that she was not bitter.