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Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized for treatment of heart condition

February 11, 2011 |  5:17 pm

Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized Elizabeth Taylor has been hospitalized for treatment of congestive heart failure, her spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

"She is currently being kept in the hospital for monitoring," said Sally Morrison.

The 78-year-old actress was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the past couple of days, Morrison said. Taylor disclosed her heart condition in November 2004.

Taylor's family appreciated the support from fans, Morrison said, but asked for privacy to allow the medical team space to do its work. She didn't know how long the Oscar winner would be in the hospital.

Taylor had been scheduled to attend an amfAR benefit gala Wednesday night in New York, where she was to receive an award alongside former President Bill Clinton and designer Diane von Furstenberg, celebrating their dedication to AIDS research.

Elton John accepted the award in her honor, passing along a message from Taylor that said, in part, "I am there in spirit."


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The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Elizabeth Taylor as Queen Cleopatra in the 1963 film "Cleopatra." Credit: Associated Press