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    Elizabeth Taylor on Heart Surgery: Pray for Me

    Elizabeth Taylor, Twitter twitter.com/DameElizabeth

    Elizabeth Taylor takes a licking but keeps on ticking.

    The two-time Oscar winner announced on Twitter today that she's checking into a hospital for a heart procedure. But don't worry—she predicts she'll be back on her feet in no time.

    "[The procedure is] very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery, so that my heart will function better," tweeted Taylor.

    "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."

    Now retired from acting, the 77-year-old jewelry-loving thesp has battled several ailments over the years, including having a benign brain tumor removed, both hips replaced and bouts with skin cancer and pneumonia. She's largely confined to a wheelchair from years of back pain.

    She was most recently hospitalized last May for what her publicist said was a routine checkup, but appeared in good health when she attended last month's burial service for  longtime friend Michael Jackson.

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    We wish Liz all the best.  Bet you didn't know she's a Twilight fan. Check out our Dawn of Twilight gallery.

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