Elizabeth Taylor to undergo heart surgery

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The Independent Online

The actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor is to be admitted to hospital to undergo an operation to repair a leaky heart valve.

The 77-year-old used the micro-messaging site Twitter to inform her followers withdetails of her condition. The final of three posts said: "It's very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery, so that my heart will function better."

The Oscar-winner's last high-profile appearance was at last month's funeral of her long-time friend Michael Jackson.