Julie Andrews and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt are both celebrities who claim that the press is giving them a bum rap. While the former allegedly squabbled over money for her own tribute, the latter supposedly asked Dr. Tod to plasticize Zsa Zsa Gabor. Really?
Prinz von Anhalt Denies Bild Zeitung Claims over Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Body Plastination
Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt’s claims to fame are his marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor, a (disproven) paternity claim over Anna Nicole Smith’s baby Dannielynn and a short-lived run for governor in California. He is back in the news due to the rapid decline in health of Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Yahoo! News quotes the AFP when stating that Prinz von Anhalt supposedly plans on having Gabor’s body undergo plastination after death. This statement can be traced back to Germany’s premier tabloid, the Bild Zeitung.
Bild reports that von Anhalt has been in contact with Dr. Tod (Dr. Death), a.k.a. Gunther von Hagens. The paper quotes him as stating that “my wife always dreamt of her beauty remaining constant” and that “a few years ago her friend Michael Jackson had raved about Gunther von Hagens’ corpse plastinations. Zsa Zsa was enthused.”
Prinz von Anhalt categorically denies ever having made the statement that he would seek out plastination for his wife’s body. NBC Los Angeles carries his rather terse condemnation of what he terms to be rumors, while an interview on the John & Ken radio program offered more of the same.
Julie Andrews Denies BBC Claims over Fee
Julie Andrews – or Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, as she is known after being made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire – brought us Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria. She will celebrate her 75th birthday in October and the Telegraph reports that the BBC was planning on holding a smashing tribute, which would include an appearance by the internationally renowned star.
Now it appears that the BBC scrapped these plans and asserts that Andrews refused to participate unless she was to receive “a substantial fee to take part.” Since the tribute was to have been in her honor, the BBC figured on having the star appear gratis.
The singer’s manager begs to differ. While acknowledging that there were some “rumblings” about a tribute event, he categorically denies that any formal money talks took place. He further qualifies the statement by explaining that there were no “direct” conversations.
Even as this could lead the reader to understand that there were informal or indirect negotiations between the BBC and Julie Andrews, her manager claims “whoever ‘told’ you that a big fee was demanded is being untruthful.”
Are Julie Andrews and Prinz von Anhalt the recipients of media bum raps or are there kernels of truth to the stories?