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Taylor denies Alzheimer's reports
Elizabeth Taylor
Dame Elizabeth did not rule out acting again
Oscar-winning actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor has dismissed reports she is gravely ill or being treated for the dementia condition Alzheimer's disease.

"Oh come on, do I look like I'm dying?," the 74-year-old asked during an interview on CNN. "Do I look like or sound like I have Alzheimer's?"

She said tabloids printed such stories "because they have nothing else dirty to write about anybody else".

She added she was using a wheelchair because of a bad back and osteoporosis.

Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease which affects memory, thinking and behaviour.

Dame Elizabeth described herself as happy and busy with a new venture designing jewellery, which she said was "one of my passions".

She will continue to campaign for greater awareness of Aids and help for those suffering from the illness.

'Return to acting'

The actress became emotional when asked about her friend Michael Jackson, who was acquitted last June of charges that he molested a boy during overnight stays at the singer's home.

"I've never been so angry in my life," she said of the case brought against Jackson.

Elizabeth Taylor
The actress first achieved fame aged 12 in National Velvet
"I've been there, when his nephews were there, and we all were in the bed watching television.

"There was nothing abnormal about it. There was no touchy-feely thing going on."

She added: "We laughed like children and we watched a lot of Walt Disney. There was nothing odd about it."

The star said she gravitated toward Jackson because "we're very much alike", and they had "both had horrible childhoods".

Dame Elizabeth's last screen appearance was in the TV movie These Old Broads in 2001, which co-starred Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins.

Her most recent feature film performance was in the 1994 live-action comedy The Flintstones.

However, she said did not want to retire and was willing to return to acting if she were offered a role that was "really juicy and spicy and challenging".

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