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Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK


Taylor walks again after fall

Movie goddess Liz Taylor admitted to hospital yet again

Screen icon Elizabeth Taylor is walking again after physiotherapy following a fall at her home in Los Angeles.

The 67-year-old actress broke a bone in her back in the accident at her Bel-Air house last week.

She was treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and doctors now believe she will be out of the clinic soon.

Her spokesman, Warren Cowan, said: "She started walking. Her spirits are very good. She's in no pain, and they think she'll be out in maybe four or five days."

Her doctor, Patrick Rhoten, said she had "sustained a compressive fracture of her twelfth thoracic vertebra".

[ image: Taylor at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival]
Taylor at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival
The eight-times married actress has suffered a string of health problems, including recurring back injuries.

Taylor first injured her back when she was thrown from a horse during the filming of the 1944 show jumping movie National Velvet.

The London-born screen icon fractured bones in her lower back in another accident last year.

She underwent four hours of surgery in 1997 to remove a brain tumour, in the most serious of her recent health scares.

She has also endured two hip operations, treatment for an irregular heartbeat and two life-threatening bouts of pneumonia.

Drink and drug addictions have also taken their toll on the double Oscar winner. Taylor met her last husband, Larry Fortensky, at a rehabilitation clinic.

Following a host of top film roles in the 50s and 60s, Taylor's appearances on the big screen have now slowed to a trickle.

Best known for starring in Cleopatra and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Taylor most recently took a cameo role in a live action version of The Flintstones in 1994.

Speaking at this year's Baftas in London, where she was given a lifetime achievement award, she joked that she would like to act, "but nobody will have me".

She devotes much of her time to raising funds for Aids charities, something she now calls her "full-time job".

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