Elizabeth Taylor having heart surgery
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, 77, has told fans to pray for her when she undergoes heart surgery
Dame Elizabeth Taylor is to undergo heart surgery.
The Oscar-winning actress will be admitted to an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital to have an operation on a leaky heart valve and has asked her legions of fans to pray for her.
She wrote on her Twitter webpage: "Dear friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart.
"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.
"Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate. I'll let you know when it's all over. Love you, Elizabeth."
The 77-year-old screen legend - who was left devastated by the death of her close friend Michael Jackson in June - suffers from a number of ailments and is regularly seen being pushed in a wheelchair.
In May 2008, she was taken to a Los Angeles clinic, which her publicist described as a routine check-up.
Following her release, she wrote on her Twitter page: "Home from the hospital and feeling great."