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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK
Dame Liz out of hospital
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Dame Elizabeth with her close friend Michael Jackson
Dame Elizabeth Taylor has been released from hospital, where she was being treated for pneumonia.

The 68-year-old screen legend, who has a history of ill health, was said to have been suffering from a mild strain of the illness.

America's KTLA5 television said she was discharged from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre near Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

They quoted a spokesman for Dame Elizabeth as saying the actress was "doing much better now".

Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Liz Taylor's date at the Palace was the proudest moment of her life

She was admitted into hospital last Friday.

Dame Elizabeth has been plagued with health problems over the years.

Last summer she spent 10 days in the same hospital after breaking a bone in her back following a fall at her Los Angeles home.

In 1997 she had surgery to remove a brain tumour and she has also had both hips replaced, two bouts of pneumonia and treatment for high blood pressure.

Scare

The latest scare comes just a few months after she was made a Dame by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dame Elizabeth described the investiture last May as "the peak of my life".

She spent a few days back in her native England, before returning to the US, where she has lived for years.

The eight-times married star has twice won the Oscar for Best Actress.

In 1960 she received the honour for her portrayal of a call-girl in Butterfield 8. Six years later she triumphed again for her role as the alcoholic wife of her then husband Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best known for starring in Cleopatra and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, the work has dried up in recent years.

Her most recent role was a cameo part in The Flintstones in 1994.

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