Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband has said the actress is smiling and talking, a day after doctors amputated most of her right leg.
Frederic Prinz von Anhalt said Zsa Zsa is heavily sedated and does not yet know that her leg has been removed.
He said he will tell her when she regains more of her strength.
Doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre decided to amputate on Friday when a persistent infection would not heal.
Von Anhalt said the 93-year-old Moulin Rouge and Queen of Outer Space star is likely to spend up to four weeks in the hospital.
Zsa Zsa broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been treated in hospital several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body.