Elizabeth Taylor home after hospital stay

Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:12pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning film star Elizabeth Taylor is back home and doing well following a recent stay of several weeks in a Los Angeles-area hospital for unspecified reasons, her spokesman said on Tuesday.

Publicist Dick Guttman said he had no further details other than to confirm a report on the website for People magazine quoting a friend of the 76-year-old actress as saying she had resumed normal activities.

"Ms. Taylor is at home and happy -- and busier than ever," the unidentified friend told People.com. "She's living her life. She's been having dinner with friends. She's working."

Sources cited by People.com did not said when exactly the 76-year-old was discharged from the hospital, but Guttman said it was recently.

Another friend told the magazine that Taylor already was fit enough to plan upcoming trips to Europe and Hawaii, and to weigh in on holiday packaging for her perfume line White Diamond.

The last official statement on Taylor's condition came July 31, when Guttman confirmed that she had been hospitalized but denied as "dramatic, overstated and untrue" tabloid reports at the time that she was seriously ill.

He said then that her hospital visit was "precautionary."

A legend in Hollywood, Taylor began acting as a teenager in films such as "Lassie Come Home" and "National Velvet." As an adult she won Oscars for 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and 1960's "Butterfield 8."

Her career has long competed for attention with her personal life, including eight marriages, a litany of illnesses, weight problems and dependency on alcohol and prescription drugs.

(Editing by Jackie Frank)

<p>Elizabeth Taylor smiles as she arrives for a A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles December 1, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>