What's the use of sitting alone in your hospital room?

Eager to be with friends and family for the holidays, Liza Minnelli checked out of the hospital Thursday, five days after undergoing hip replacement surgery."I feel so much better, I can't tell you," she said at a news conference, wearing an all-black ensemble that included black crutches and black, four-inch high-heel shoes. "I suffered with degenerative arthritis for 10 years and never told anyone. I was ashamed of it. I don't know why."

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Minnelli, 48, said she had to have the surgery if she wanted to keep dancing. Her doctor said her muscle tone should help her fully recover within a year. She plans to tour in March and is now working on an album and a TV special and producing a film.

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