Elizabeth Taylor improves, but remains in hospital

LOS ANGELES Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:51pm EST

Elizabeth Taylor arrives for a play in Los Angeles in this December 1, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Elizabeth Taylor arrives for a play in Los Angeles in this December 1, 2007 file photo.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Elizabeth Taylor's health is improving following her hospitalization last week, but the actress will remain in a medical facility for the foreseeable future, her representative said on Friday.

The two-time Oscar winner has been at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week after she was admitted for symptoms of congestive heart failure, which has been a health concern for the 78-year-old Taylor since 2004.

"Elizabeth Taylor has continued to show great improvement, and her family and friends are very pleased with her progress. She will continue to remain at Cedars-Sinai for monitoring for the time being," her spokeswoman said in a statement released on Friday. No further details were given.

In 2009, Taylor had surgery to replace a leaky heart valve, and she has been using a wheelchair for more than five years to cope with chronic pain.

A Hollywood star since appearing in "National Velvet" at age 12, Taylor won Oscars for her work in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "BUtterfield 8."

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

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