February 24, 2011 / 5:39 AM / 8 years ago

Elizabeth Taylor feeling stronger, still in hospital

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

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor is getting better in hospital and she has not had a heart attack, a stroke or any kind of heart surgery, her representative said on Thursday.

But the 78-year-old two-time Oscar winner, who has been at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being admitted with symptoms of heart failure earlier this month, will stay in hospital for now.

“Elizabeth Taylor’s doctors continue to be encouraged by her progress,” her representative said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“She is in good spirits and continues to feel stronger every day.”

In 2009, Taylor, who has been married eight times, had surgery to replace a leaky heart valve and 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.”

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Nick Macfie

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