Hospitalized Taylor Marks Birthday With Oscars Showing

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February 27, 2011 | 8:55pm EST

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is spending her 79th birthday in hospital watching the Academy Awards – and she’s backing The King’s Speech to win an Oscar.
The Cleopatra star was recently admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to treat symptoms of congestive heart failure.

She’s continuing to make promising progress and marked her special day on Sunday by tuning in to the annual Hollywood prizegiving – and she’s tipped the British royal drama, which is nominated in 12 categories, to win big at the prestigious ceremony.

Her representative tells the AFP, “She plans to watch the Academy Awards with family and close friends and will be rooting for The King’s Speech.

“A proper birthday celebration will be planned for when she returns home.”