After what felt like an eternity but was actually just a few minutes, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt emerged from a white door into the foyer of the old-fashioned Bel-Air mansion he shares with his wife of 25 years, former glamour queen Zsa Zsa Gabor.
The self-proclaimed German prince held a chocolate birthday cake he said was a gift from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Surrounded by paintings and photographs depicting Gabor when she was an infamously sassy Hungarian actress, a few dozen guests quietly sipped champagne and mingle in the common areas of the home overlooking the twinkling lights of Los Angeles.
But Gabor was nowhere to be seen - apparently celebrating her 95th birthday behind closed doors. Von Anhalt presented the cake to his bedridden beloved out of sight from the partygoers who had gathered for the occasion.
Gabor hasn't had much reason to celebrate for nearly two years as she dealt with a broken hip, a leg amputated because of gangrene, blood clots, infections, pneumonia, a loose feeding tube. But that didn't stop the publicity-loving von Anhalt from throwing a good party in her honor.
"This night is only a celebration of my wife's life," he proclaimed.
He said the celebration makes her feel good. He said she's getting better. He said she wants to live.