Hollywood legend DAME Elizabeth Taylor missed the launch of her Hollywood jewellery boutique after she was struck down with flu.
The ailing 77 year old was expected to attend the opening of her Beverly Hills store on Saturday (12Dec09) but fans were left waiting for three hours before a spokesman for the star told them Taylor would not be coming due to illness.
It is the latest in a long list of medical problems the Oscar-winner has had to contend with over the last year (09) - including emergency surgery in October to fix a leaky heart valve.
But despite fears for her health, the actress told reporters last month (Nov09) she is tired of false rumours about her wellbeing, insisting she has "outlived so many who have prematurely buried me".