1. long-a-waited success
2. Strange change
3. Proof of the American
A Michigan-born superstar Madonna is slowly but surely turning English. She has bought a $2 million house in London and is looking tor an English school for her daughter, Lourdes. Her latest boyfriend is the English director Guy Ritchie, and even her accent has become more noticeable. “I’m having a love affair with England," she admits. “I feel inspired when I'm there. I love to take a walk to a nice pub.” She also enjoys getting away from Hollywood’s celebrities. “There’s nothing I hate more than actors or singers or performers sitting down and talking about their work. I just find it deadly dull."
(25 Feb. 2000 The Week)
A Hollywood actress Ashley Judd was born to a dirt-poor family who fought for life in the Kentucky backwoods. Her father walked out when she was four, leaving them with so little money that they had to make their own soap. Ten years later, Ashley’s mother Naomi and older sister Wynona teamed up as country and western singers to make some money — and became one of the biggest acts in the country, selling over 20 million records. Meanwhile, Ashley drove a truck 2,000 miles to Hollywood, determined to become a star in her own right. And it certainly paid off. She now commands $8 million a picture. Fame may be a “mixed burden", but “the good thing about being a movie star is that you can usually qet something nice to eat."
(21 Jan. 2000 The Week)
A novelist Frank McCour had a miserable childhood in Ireland hoping to find his fortune in America. He had no qualifications and looked quite hideous, with pus-filled eyes and rotten teeth. He was clever enough to get into university, though, and to become a school teacher. All the time, his story was waiting to be told. “I couldn’t have written about my mother while she was alive. She hated me uncovering the past: the only place for confession is to a priest, she thought." When he did finally produce his memoir, Angela’s Ashes, it sold over six million copies in 30 countries and made him a rich man. McCourt finds all the attention a bit much. Thirty years as a teacher nobody paid me a scrap of attention." he sighs. “Then I write a bestselling book and suddenly you are an expert on everything.”
(21 Jan. 2000 The Week)
B. Read the texts again and answer the following questions.
• There can be more than one answer.
• Put the appropriate litter in the box.
1 Which of the celebrities used to live in poverty?
2 Who was not allowed to reveal the family’s private life?
3 Which person has changed her way of speaking?
4 Who hates speaking with famous colleagues?
5 Which speaker thinks that being rich and famous has both good and bad points?
6 Who set a goal to make his/her own career?
7 Which of them looked ugly?
8 Who used to work hard to get by?
C. Report the underlined sentences in each article using a different reporting verb every time. (See 1.)
2 Ashley Judd
3 Frank McCourt