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OTRC: Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized, suffering heart problems

Elizabeth Taylor, then 77, appears in a wheelchair in 2009 before undergoing heart surgery at a Los Angeles hospital.

Elizabeth Taylor is in the hospital after suffering symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, her spokesperson says.

The iconic Oscar-winning film actress, who turns 79 on February 27, the day of the 2011 Academy Awards, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago and underwent heart surgery in 2009. The procedure involved implanting a clip to prevent blood leaking back into her heart through the mitral valve.

"Elizabeth Taylor was hospitalized earlier this week when she was taken to Cedars Sinai suffering from symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, an ongoing condition," her spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. This issue is being addressed. She is currently being kept in the hospital for monitoring."

"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 spokesperson added.

The actress, who has in recent years used a wheelchair when appearing in public, is known for roles in films such as "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and for her multiple marriages.

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