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article imageActress Elizabeth Taylor taken to hospital in Los Angeles

By Leo Reyes     Feb 12, 2011 in Entertainment
Actress Elizabeth Taylor has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital earlier this week for treatment of her recurring heart ailment.
Taylor, who was twice married to actor Richard Burton was hospitalized and underwent heart surgery in 2009 to replace a leaky valve.
Taylor, 78, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center earlier this week for what her publicist said on Friday was "an ongoing condition.", gma news reports.
"Elizabeth Taylor was hospitalized earlier this week ... suffering from symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, an ongoing condition. This issue is being addressed ... She is currently being kept in the hospital for monitoring," Sally Morrison said in a statement
"Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of her loyal fans but have asked that people respect her privacy and allow her medical team the time and space to focus on restoring her back to health," the statement said.
The actress had been scheduled to attend an award at a benefit gala for HIV/Aids charity amfAR on Wednesday in New York, but missed the event.
An award given in recognition of her support to HIV/Aids work was accepted by Sir Elton John on her behalf.
In November 2004, Taylor announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is too weak to pump sufficient blood throughout the body, particularly to the lower extremities: the ankles and feet.
She has broken her back five times, had both her hips replaced, has survived a benign brain tumor operation, has survived skin cancer, and has faced life-threatening bouts with pneumonia twice.
She is reclusive and sometimes fails to make scheduled appearances due to illness or other personal reasons. She now uses a wheelchair and when asked about it stated that she has osteoporosis and was born with scoliosis
Taylor was born in 1932 in Hampstead, a wealthy district of North West London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt, who were then Americans residing in England.
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