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Liz Taylor to stay in hospital

Elizabeth Taylor is likely to spend another few days in a Los Angeles hospital while being treated for congestive heart failure, a spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress has said.

Sally Morrison said Taylor was resting comfortably and had been receiving family and friends in her room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.

"She had a pretty good day Saturday, and a good night," said Ms Morrison.

The 78-year-old actress was admitted late last week and is being treated for symptoms caused by congestive heart failure, a condition she disclosed she had back in November 2004.

Taylor was likely to remain in hospital for several more days, she said

"At this stage, with her history, they're going to want to keep her in for a while just to make sure they've fixed what they needed to fix," she said.

Taylor, who has appeared in more than 50 films, won Oscars for her performances in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

But she is just as famous for her marriages - all eight of them, including two to Richard Burton - and her lifelong battles with substance abuse and weight issues.

The actress had near-fatal bouts with pneumonia in 1961 and 1990, and another respiratory infection forced her to cancel all engagements for several weeks in late 1992. She had both hip joints replaced in 1994 and 1995.

Her 2004 diagnosis for congestive heart failure, compounded with spinal fractures and the effects of scoliosis, left her nearly bedridden. In recent years, she has had to use a wheelchair when out in public.

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