Taylor Released From Hospital

Actress Elizabeth Taylor was released today from the hospital where she spent six days being treated for a mild case of pneumonia, her spokesman said.

Taylor, 68, was admitted on Friday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre near Beverly Hills and was discharged this afternoon, spokesman Warren Cowan said.

“She’s feeling much, much better,” he said.

Taylor, whose last big-screen appearance was in the 1994 live-action comedy The Flintstones, is expected to go before the cameras in September for the ABC television movie Those Old Broads, co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins.

Hampered by Medical Problems

Taylor’s bout with pneumonia came almost exactly a year after she spent 10 days in the same hospital with a vertebral fracture caused by a fall at her Bel Air mansion. The two-time Oscar winner suffered a similar back injury about a year before that.

Taylor has had a string of medical problems in recent years. She underwent surgery to remove a benign tumour from the lining of her brain in 1997 and has had two hip-replacement operations.

In 1995 she was treated for high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, and in 1990 she nearly died of complications from a respiratory illness that kept her in the hospital for three months.

Taylor won a best-actress Oscar for her role as a call girl in the 1960 film Butterfield 8 and again for her 1966 portrayal of an alcoholic wife opposite her husband at the time, Richard Burton, in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In May, the London-born actress was given the title “Dame” — the female equivalent of a knighthood—by Queen Elizabeth.

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