Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the late star"s ninth and also last husband also, is an operator that bought his bloodline and also states he made millions offering titles to other wannabes. As he preps the April sell-off of his late wife’s estate, he opens up up about their marital relationship and his dubious backstory.

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The white Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible was from Spending Plan. The driver and also bodyguard were two UCLA students, hired earlier that day at the Ralphs in Westhardwood for $100 aitem. It was October 1982 and also Hans Robert Lichtenberg — who currently referred to as himself Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Duke of Saxony and also Westphalia, Count of Ascania — was newly arrived in Los Angeles and prepared to party.


His vehicle pulled up to what his concierge at the Beverly Hilton had assured him was the soiree of the evening: a black-tie affair thrown by writer Sidney Sheldon at his Maison du Soleil estate in Holmby Hills. The Sinatras and the Douglases would certainly be there; Rosemary Clooney, also.

But as he headed up the steps in a dark green dress unidevelop laden with epaulets and medals, he encountered a possible hitch — Sheldon’s wife, actress Jorja Curtbest (Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing), stood at the front door alongside her husband also, welcoming invited guests, which he definitely was not.

“I wasn’t nervous,” von Anhalt recalls. “Either it works or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, you go residence.” He approached Curtappropriate, mustering his the majority of regal manner. “Your royal highness,” she sassist, “Nice to watch you again!”

“She never before saw me in her totality life!” claims von Anhalt. “At that point, Sidney bowed.” The faux prince had found his perfect dominion: Hollyhardwood.

The first guest to strategy the then-39-year-old was Hungarian-born Zsa Zsa Gabor, then 65 and renowned for her own very closely created persona. “We spoke Gerguy, about our love of Munich,” he states. Then he conveniently fled the party, worried he’d be found out. “I shelp I had an additional engagement.” She asked where he was remaining and the next day called for him to visit her Bel Air mansion. Four years later, he’d end up being her nine husband also.

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This story initially showed up in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To get the magazine, click below to subscribe.