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    Elizabeth Taylor - scoliosis

    I didn't know where to post this... I didn't realize she was in a wheelchair due to scoliosis.

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    Elizabeth Taylor is still a lovely lady. I applaud her. I ran across this article over a year ago about her when I was doing my exhaustive research on scoliosis. It's quite interesting as it says she was apparently born with scoliosis. You would have never known it in her movies.

    http://www.askmen.com/celebs/enterta...-problems.html

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    Her scoliosis is de novo scoliosis. She may have had a small scoliosis when she was younger, but the real damage has come from degeneration.

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    Linda, you are correct about her scoliosis. My scoliosis is the same as Elizabeth Taylor's. I always wondered why she didn't choose to have surgery. Maybe she was not a good surgical risk. I know she has been in wheelchair for several years.
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    In an interview with Larry King - Ms. Taylor states that she has had scoliosis from birth (double curve). I can recall several reported hospitalizations throughout her career, for back surgery. While the details of those surgeries were never released, the fact that she had a major spinal fusion in 1957 does appear in her biography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamamax View Post
    In an interview with Larry King - Ms. Taylor states that she has had scoliosis from birth (double curve). I can recall several reported hospitalizations throughout her career, for back surgery. While the details of those surgeries were never released, the fact that she had a major spinal fusion in 1957 does appear in her biography.
    Thanks for pointing that out. ;-)

    I believe the scoliosis she was born with was very minor. Because I have a Google Alert for scoliosis, I've been following this issue for a long time. Rent some of her movies. There are plenty of shots of her back when she's bending over, and there is no obvious curve. The problems she's been having for the last 5 years or so are due to degeneration. She did have a 3 or 4 level fusion in the 50's, but it was thought to be due to an injury, not scoliosis.

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    Mamamax,

    I happened to see the transcript for that Larry King interview when I was hunting for my original article. Here is the link to the transcript and the interesting comments:

    KING: The story about health. There must be -- I mean you are -- you're in a chair, right?

    TAYLOR: Yes.

    KING: In a wheelchair.

    TAYLOR: Yes.

    KING: What's the reason for that?

    TAYLOR: My back, which has been chronically bad since I was a teenager.

    KING: You had that at national velvet time, right?

    TAYLOR: Before that.

    KING: Before that?

    TAYLOR: I was born with scoliosis. But not too many people -- you know now.

    KING: Are born with scoliosis, which is?

    TAYLOR: Curvature -- double curvature of the spine and osteoporosis.
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP...30/lkl.01.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Thanks for pointing that out. ;-)

    I believe the scoliosis she was born with was very minor. Because I have a Google Alert for scoliosis, I've been following this issue for a long time. Rent some of her movies. There are plenty of shots of her back when she's bending over, and there is no obvious curve. The problems she's been having for the last 5 years or so are due to degeneration. She did have a 3 or 4 level fusion in the 50's, but it was thought to be due to an injury, not scoliosis.
    Welcome. Lord knows i think i've seen every movie she's ever made and i agree, one sure can't tell. Of course, Hollywood is famous for shooting at just the right angles, right lighting, etc. Also - the human body does have an amazing ability to compensate. That's what my doctors have said anyway, looking from my xrays .. to .. me ;-) Hollywood circa her time - may have been prone to hide such things.

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    Liz Taylor has passed away, she was a scoliosis survivor as we all are.

    May she rest in peace.
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    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Rent some of her movies. There are plenty of shots of her back when she's bending over, and there is no obvious curve.
    She had a back double. :>

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Liz Taylor has passed away, she was a scoliosis survivor as we all are.

    May she rest in peace.
    Ed
    yes she was (a survivor) ... echo the sentiment, rest in peace dear Liz.

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    She had a lot more than scoliosis going on in her life -- a lot more maladies and certainly a lot more fame, money, and husbands than the rest of us!! haha

    I loved her movies and admired her talent and spunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamamax View Post
    yes she was (a survivor) ... echo the sentiment, rest in peace dear Liz.

    Did you know she hated being called Liz?
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    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
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    uh no - didn't know that. Trust she forgives me & Ed :-)

    Did anyone come across her obituary? I think she may of disliked the first sentence even more.


    With her timeless beauty, on-screen dramas and off-screen theatrics, Elizabeth Taylor was the epitome of Hollywood excess.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10881322
    Last edited by mamamax; 03-26-2011 at 11:26 AM.
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    Maxine
    She does! lol

    I have looked at hundreds of pics, and even watched a few movies on you tube, and I cannot see any evidence of scoliosis....(years ago) Its obvious in her later “wheelchair” years.

    She probably could have benefitted from a full fusion about 20 years ago.

    Is it possible to use a double for every movie she made? Seems like a ton of work just to hide a rib hump...

    Between Hollywood, all the husbands, the booze, the smokes, she lived a complex life....her 1957, 3 level fusion surgery might have acted as a catalyst. By the time she was in her 50s, she must have progressed quickly. Her pain must have been brutal, and alcohol really is of little benefit. She quit smoking in 1974 when she thought she had cancer.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 45...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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