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Taylor's mending ...
Elizabeth Taylor is in good spirits despite suffering from congestive heart failure, her publicist said.

Taylor, 72, told W magazine in its December issue that she has the cardiac condition, in which the heart fails to pump enough blood through the body, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath, fluid buildup and other symptoms.

The actress, an Academy Award winner for 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and 1960's "Butterfield 8," also said she has scoliosis that has twisted her spine, resulting in constant pain.

"My body's a real mess," said Taylor, whose screen credits also include "Cleopatra," "Suddenly, Last Summer," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "National Velvet." "If you look at it in the mirror, it's just completely convex and concave."

Ocean loses one ...
George Clooney is suffering from a ruptured disk that kept him from promoting his new film, "Ocean's Twelve," this week.

Clooney had been scheduled to travel to New York for appearances on shows including "Good Morning America," "The Daily Show" and "Charlie Rose," said his spokesman, Stan Rosenfield.

But Clooney told Rosenfield that his condition had worsened and he would be unable to travel. Rosenfield said he didn't have information on how or when the injury occurred.

The former "ER" star, whose sequel to the caper film "Ocean's Eleven" opens Dec. 10, was being treated by a doctor, Rosenfield said. He declined to provide details.

Fighting lethal weapons ...
Danny Glover criticized the "arrogance and dismissiveness" of the U.S. government, expressing regret that his own country has yet to sign a 144-nation treaty to eliminate the use of land mines.

Speaking on his return from Ethiopia, where he represented the U.N. children's agency on a three-day visit to heavily mined areas near the border with Eritrea, the 57-year-old actor said he felt "a sense of embarrassment that my own country has not signed the Ottawa Treaty."

"It smells of a certain kind of arrogance and dismissiveness," Glover, star of the "Lethal Weapon" films, told reporters at the United Nations' Geneva offices.

More friends for Jen ...
Jennifer Aniston, who has flexed her acting muscles with some decent roles in indie films during and after her "Friends" days, is facing her greatest challenge yet: "Friends With Money."

Jen is in negotiations to star in the Nicole Holofcener-helmed picture along with Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the comedy is about rich friends.

Meanwhile, a new poll by Britain's Web site has confirmed what we knew all along, that Aniston is more influential in American culture than those bores John Dewey and Susan B. Anthony. Jen's latest contribution to the zeitgeist? The hairdo named for her "Friends" character, the Rachel, was voted by a sampling of 2,000 women as being the most influential in all of history.