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    "Alias" Star Garner Ailing

    Jennifer Garner's new alias: patient.

    The Golden Globe-nominated Alias star is laid up at her Los Angeles home after coming down with a nasty viral infection.

    The illness has forced Garner to scrap several TV appearances to promote her new movie, the Daredevil spinoff Elektra, including a guest-hosting gig on the Jan. 15 edition of Saturday Night Live. The 32-year-old actress had also been slated to appear at the movie's press junket this weekend, but that has been postponed. Distributor 20th Century Fox was expected to decide soon whether to reschedule the film's premiere, currently set for Saturday in Las Vegas.

    Garner was escorted to UCLA Medical Center Monday afternoon by boyfriend Ben Affleck, where she was diagnosed with the virus and ordered home to bed.

    Affleck and Garner first met while shooting the 2003 big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' Daredevil. In Elektra, Garner continues the adventures of the back-from-the-grave female killing machine. The film is scheduled to open Jan. 14.

    Two days later, Garner will be up for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Alias. Garner is also in the running for Favorite Female TV Star at this Sunday's People Choice Awards for her work as TV spy Sydney Bristow.

    ABC's espionage series kicks off its fourth season with a two-hour premiere Wednesday.

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