Francesca Hilton
Born
Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton

(1947-03-10)March 10, 1947
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 5, 2015(2015-01-05) (aged 67)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationActress, comedian
Parent(s)
RelativesHilton family

Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton[1] (March 10, 1947 – January 5, 2015) was an actress and comedian who was the only child of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton and his second wife, actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Early life and family

Hilton was born in 1947 in New York City, after her parents were granted a divorce in September 1946.[1][2] Her father, Conrad Hilton, was the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain.[1][3][4] Her mother, Zsa Zsa Gabor, was a Hungarian actress and socialite.[1][3][4] Gabor's 1991 autobiography One Lifetime Is Not Enough alleged that her pregnancy was a result of rape by then-husband Conrad Hilton.[3]

She was the only child of Zsa Zsa Gabor and therefore the only descendant of the Gabor sisters as well as the only daughter of Conrad Hilton. Her three half-brothers were Conrad Hilton Jr., Barron Hilton,[3] and Eric Hilton. She attended movie premieres with her mother and competed in equestrian competitions as a child.[2][3]

In 1947, while Hilton was an infant, a burglar entered their home and tied up Zsa Zsa Gabor and their housekeeper, and threatened to kill Francesca. The burglar stole jewelry worth over $750,000.[5]

She worked in reservations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California during summers as a teenager.[1] At the time of her death, she was engaged to Michael Natsis.[1] According to her publicist, Edward Lozzi, she had been writing an autobiography.[1][2]

When Conrad Hilton died in 1979, he left most of his wealth to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.[1] Francesca Hilton contested the will, which left her only $100,000, but lost the suit.[1] In 2005, her stepfather, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, filed lawsuits against her accusing her of fraud in obtaining a loan using her mother's house as collateral, and manipulation over her mother's will; the court threw out the case for lack of evidence after Gabor did not appear or sign a statement. Hilton denied the allegations.[1] In 2012 she successfully sued for an independent conservatorship to be set up for the care of her mother, who had become incapacitated, but the judge appointed Von Anhalt as temporary conservator.[1]

Hilton lived in Los Angeles for most of her life.[3][4] A month before her death in 2015, she was impoverished and living in weekly rental apartments and in her car.[3][6]

Performing career

She appeared in A Safe Place in 1971[1][2] and The Gravy Train in 1974.[citation needed] She worked as a photographer in the 1980s.[1][2] She also worked for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.[3]

By 2008, she started performing at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[1] Her show centered on her family.[7] She joked that her great-nieces, Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton, were "pole dancers and porn stars".[7]

Death

Hilton died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 5, 2015, after suffering a major stroke. She was just over two months short of her 68th birthday.[1][4][8] Her mother was then 97 and suffering from dementia;[2] her stepfather sought unsuccessfully to take possession of Hilton's body. After it remained in the morgue for several days, an autopsy was performed and her half-brother Barron Hilton took possession of her body.[3][9]

Francesca Hilton's funeral was held at St Ambrose Catholic Church, West Hollywood.[9] She was cremated and her ashes interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, close to her aunt Eva Gabor.[7]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1971 A Safe Place Noah's Friend #5
1973 Cleopatra Jones Shoplifter Uncredited
1974 The Gravy Train Girl in Restaurant
1995 Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Woman #1 TV movie
1997 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Helene
1999 Forever Fabulous PTA Mother Final film role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Philbin's People Herself 1 episode
1973 Cannon Carrie 1 episode
1974 V.I.P.-Schaukel Herself 1 episode
1984 Tattletales Herself 1 episode
1998 Intimate Portrait Herself 1 episode
E! True Hollywood Story Herself 1 episode
2000 Biography Herself 1 episode
2007-2008 Entertainment Tonight Herself 2 episodes
2015 Inside Edition Herself 1 episode, archive footage

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Kurtis Lee, "Francesca Hilton, daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton, dies at 67", The Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mike Barnes, "Francesca Hilton, Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dies at 67", The Hollywood Reporter, January 6, 2015
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Danielle and Andy Mayoras, The Tragedy of Francesca Hilton, Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton Founder, Forbes, January 13, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Ann Oldenburg, "Francesa Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter, dies", USA Today, January 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Overpowers Two Women; Threatens To Murder Child". Logansport Pharaos Tribune. October 4, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  6. ^ JJL Weber (December 22, 2014). "Down & Out In Beverly Hills! Zsa Zsa's Daughter Forced To Stay In Sketchy Flophouse — 'I Live With Murderers!'". Radar Online. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Francesca Hilton, The Times, January 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Francesca Hilton, daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor, dies aged 67", Reuters, January 6, 2015.
  9. ^ a b JJL Weber (January 22, 2015). "Rest In Peace: Zsa Zsa Gabor's Daughter Francesca Hilton To Be Buried Near Marilyn Monroe". Radar Online. Retrieved July 13, 2021.