Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized: Two-Time Oscar Winner Suffers Congestive Heart Failure

Elizabeth Taylor young two-time Oscar winner hospitalizedElizabeth Taylor young (ca. 1950s): Two-time Oscar winner hospitalized.

Two-time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized with congestive heart failure

Two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor has been hospitalized for treatment of congestive heart failure. Taylor has suffered from this condition for several years.

The 78-year-old Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? star was admitted to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the last couple of days (Feb. 9-10, '11), according to various sources. She underwent heart surgery in Oct. 2009.

“Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of her loyal fans,” a statement from her representatives says, “but have asked that people respect her privacy and allow her medical team the time and space to focus on restoring her back to health.”

On a tweet dated Feb. 9, Taylor (or whoever actually writes those @DameElizabeth tweets) said nothing about her health, announcing instead that "My interview in Bazaar with Kim Kardashian came out!!! http://j.mp/eqQsGa."

Five Oscar nominations

Elizabeth Taylor's two Best Actress Oscar wins were for:

  • Butterfield 8 (1960), following a tracheotomy.
    Dir.: Daniel Mann.
    Cast: Laurence Harvey. Eddie Fisher. Dina Merrill. Susan Oliver. Betty Field. Mildred Dunnock. Jeffrey Lynn. Kay Medford. George Voskovec.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), following some really outstanding acting.
    Dir.: Mike Nichols.
    Cast: Richard Burton. George Segal. Sandy Dennis.

She was nominated for three other Best Actress Academy Awards:

Elizabeth Taylor movies

And here are a handful of other key Elizabeth Taylor films.

Elizabeth Taylor Giant one of first serious actress rolesElizabeth Taylor in 'Giant': One of her first 'serious actress' movie roles.

Elizabeth Taylor husbands

Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, including twice to the same man.

  • Socialite Conrad Hilton Jr. (1950-51).
  • Spring in Park Lane and Under Capricorn actor Michael Wilding (1952-57).
  • Around the World in 80 Days producer Mike Todd (1957-58).
  • Bundle of Joy and Butterfield 8 actor-singer Eddie Fisher (1959-64), Debbie Reynolds' former husband and father of Star Wars' Carrie Fisher.
  • Seven-time Academy Award nominee and frequent co-star Richard Burton (1964-74).*
  • Richard Burton once again (1975-76).
  • Republican Senator John Warner (1976-82).
  • Construction worker Larry Fortensky (1991-96).

Richard Burton Oscar nominations

* Richard Burton's first Academy Award nod was in the Best Supporting Actor category. The other six, as Best Actor.

  • My Cousin Rachel (1952).
    Dir.: Henry Koster.
    Cast: Olivia de Havilland. Audrey Dalton. Ronald Squire. George Dolenz. John Sutton.
  • The Robe (1953).
    Dir.: Henry Koster.
    Cast: Jean Simmons. Victor Mature.
  • Becket (1964).
    Dir.: Peter Glenville.
    Cast: Peter O'Toole. John Gielgud. Gino Cervi. Paolo Stoppa. Donald Wolfit. Pamela Brown. Sian Phillips. David Weston. Martita Hunt. Percy Herbert. Niall MacGinnis. Felix Aylmer.
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).
    Dir.: Martin Ritt.
    Cast: Claire Bloom. Oskar Werner.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
  • Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
    Dir.: Charles Jarrott.
    Cast: Geneviève Bujold. Anthony Quayle. Irene Papas.
  • Equus (1977).
    Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
    Cast: Peter Firth. Colin Blakely. Joan Plowright. Harry Andrews. Jenny Agutter. Kate Reid


Elizabeth Taylor movies' info via the IMDb.

Publicity image of a very young Elizabeth Taylor in Giant: Warner Bros.

Statement regarding her health and need for privacy via People.com.

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  1. Dr. Michael Gray says:

    I feel sad knowing you've suffered so much loss and physical pain. So much so, it seems selfish to make this plea for your recovery to better health and comfort. I can't yet bear to think of this planet without your vibrant beauty, loving spirit and giving presence. Stay~ Very kindly, Michael