NAMES IN THE NEWS : Liz Taylor Getting Better

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Elizabeth Taylor was improving today in her seventh week of hospitalization for a bout of double pneumonia.

“She’s stable and she’s doing much better. Generally, on the whole, she’s physically and psychologically better,” said Taylor’s publicist, Chen Sam.

The 58-year-old actress has been hospitalized since April 9. Doctors at St. John’s Hospital and Health Center said she was near death at one point.

Earlier this month, physicians said complications involving new infections would keep her hospitalized until late June. “If she continues to improve, that could be a shorter period,” Sam said today.


“She’s doing better. She’s not yet ready to leave the hospital,” hospital spokeswoman Paulette Weir said.