MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE star Jane Kaczmarek has been forced to undergo hip replacement surgery, after years of arthritis caused it to rapidly deteriorate.

The 48-year-old mother-of-three, wife of THE WEST WING star BRADLEY WHITFORD, had the surgery carried out in April (04) - right after her hit TV show wrapped its latest season - and already, she's back into the full swing of things.

She says, "It's pretty unpleasant right at the beginning, but it had been so deteriorated with arthritis, if you noticed in the last few episodes of the shows of the season, you can see me limping pretty badly.

"But I was up and about pretty fast, and not even using a cane. It's amazing they're got surgery where they can take care of this stuff."

Kaczmarek says she'll eventually have to have her other hip replaced as well.

She adds, "Being young, I recovered much more quickly than if I were in my 80s. I can run after my kids again."

24/06/2004 00:06