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A Hollywood Celebrity
don't like to share
my personal life.
It wouldn't be personal
if I shared it".
After nearly ten years spent working as a minor TV
actor, George Clooney finally
hit the jackpot
in the world famous TV series, ER as Dr. Doug Ross. With his
eyes, and perfect bedside manner,
he is a big hit with both women and men.
in Lexington, Kentucky, George Clooney grew up doing commercials
for his father’s TV show in Cincinatti. Almost every day Nick
Clooney and his children made some sort of public appearance. Nick
was a strict father to George, and had a strong sense of justice.
told George off
for remaining silent when a classmate was rude to another boy.
George also remembers that every Christmas his father would take
him to the house of a poor family. George says this made him
respect everyone as human beings.
It was inevitable that George would make his way into
George had the role models of his famous uncle and aunt, Jose
Ferrer and jazz singer Rosemary Clooney. However it took him a
while before he got there. He may have been
by the large
number of banquets and picnics his family went to. George even
developed anxieties about eating in public.
Baseball was one thing that he felt he was good at. At Northern
Kentucky University he became so good that he even
out for the Cincinatti Reds, and only just failed to be
selected as a centre-fielder.
lureof the screen proved too strong, however, and George decided
to seek a career in acting. In 1982, with casual self-confidence,
dropped out of college
to drive to Los Angeles – a strange choice for a man who confesses
that he is terrified of
earthquakes. He had 300 dollars in his
pocket and was driving a car that had such an unreliable engine he
switch it off. ‘You’re never going to survive. You’re
never going to make it,’ said his father.
His father’s words must have echoedmany times in George’s
ears over the next year. For twelve months he tried to get an
acting role while he slept on a friend’s floor. His first
professional job was in a commercial. He arrived at the audition
with a six-pack of beer under his arm. ‘If you watch auditions,
the best actor never gets the job,’ George said later,
‘especially in TV. You get the job when you walk in the door.
Because in a strange way, we’re not selling acting. What we’re
selling is confidence.’
Clooney needed all the confidence he could
while he worked on fifteen TV shows, none of which became series.
Around this time he also took a junior role in a hospital-based
drama series called ER. It was never very popular, and his
role was not continued. Curiously, ten years later in 1994, he won
a role in another hospital drama series called ER. This
time this show becamehugely popular, and George’s classic good
looks as Dr Doug Ross, a children’s doctor, made him the star of
George’s role as Doug Ross on ER made him a sex symbol, a
role he is not always comfortable with. He turned down the award
of ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ from ‘People’ magazine. They put
him on the front cover anyway, and his fans went wild.
George became hot property and attractive film offers
downon him. He appeared as the handsome robber and
vampire slayer, Seth Gecko, in Quentin Tarantino’s very violent
1996 film, From Dusk Till Dawn. Despite the film’s mixed
reviews, it made him even more popular. In late 1996, he charmed
Michelle Pfeiffer in the romantic comedy, One Fine Day. It
was a role totally different from his role in From Dusk Till
Dawn, andshowed off his creative talent as an actor.
It wasn’t long before George was chosen to replace Val Kilmer as
the caped crusader in Batman and Robin. Some say he gave
the character its most sensitive representationso far. Amazingly
it was only eight years since he had appeared in a co-starring
role in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
George’s film roles and other projects began to affect his
commitment to the ER series. Eventually he decided to make
the break, and he waswritten out of the series. His character
walked away from a girlfriend pregnant with twins, a plot twist
that seemed sure to give him a ‘bad boy’ image. But it seems
his fans are completely
by this. The number of letters he received from his fans still
stayed at the same level.
George’s private life has had its ups and downs. George’s
marriage to Talia Balsam
in 1992 after just 4 years. Since then he has dated many famous
women, including Dedee Pfeiffer, Michelle Pfeiffer’s sister, and
Denise Crosby, Bill Crosby’s daughter. His longest relationship
since his marriage was with Celine Balitran, a waitress he met in
Paris. They partedafter three years together, in 1999. George
vows that he will never get married again, nor have any children.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman think differently to George.
They had each bet $10,000 that he would be a father before he turned 40 in 2001.
Despite living his life
in the public eye,
George has very strong feelings about protecting his private life.
When American TV programme Hard Copy showed a clip of him
with Celine, George organised a boycott of the programme. The clip
had been filmed by ‘paparazzi’ without his knowledge. The
programme gave him a public apology, although they still use such
On the set of The Three Kings, he disliked the way the
director was treating the crew, and the two men ended up in a
fight. Tempers were calmed and the film finished without problems.
Asked about being cast in the film, George joked, ‘Luckily, both
the actors Mel Gibson and Nicholas Cage were tied and
in my apartment, and that was a problem for the casting
George’s own production company has many projects in various
stages of progress, but there is one in which he takes a special
interest. It is called Kilroy, a TV series about a hopeful
young actor who arrives in Hollywood to play small parts in a lot
of TV series, just like George did.
And now George Clooney is the top hero of The Perfect Storm,
a real story, based on the
of a group of fishermen, doing everything to get out from poverty.
one is saying who the actor will be, but with the potential to be
the next George Clooney, there has been a huge response from
actors who are queuing just to get an audition!
Source: English Digest
small and not very important (secundario, sin mayor importancia) hit the jackpot: to have a very big success (sacó el
premio mayor) soulful: expressing deep emotions (conmovedor,
espiritual) bedside manners: a doctor's bedside manner is the way they
talk to people they are treating (modales o conducta típicas
de un médico que conversa con sus pacientes) tell off: talk angrily to someone because she/he has done
something wrong (retar, reprender a alguien) showbiz: (colloquial) show business (mundo del
espectáculo, farándula) put off: embarrassed (incómodo, fuera de lugar) try
out: to try to be chosen as a member of a team (someter a
prueba, probar) lure: qualities that attract by seeming to promise some
kind of reward (atracción) to seek: to search, to look for (salir a buscar) dropped out of college: quitted school before
graduation (abandonó los estudios universitarios) earthquake: shaking and vibration at the surface of
the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault
plane of from volcanic activity (terremoto) switch it off: turn it off (apagarlo) echoed: repeated (resonado, repetido) to echo/echoed/echoed/echoing: to repeat as the echo
(resonar, repetirse una y otra vez)
to find as much confidence as you can in order to do something
difficult (juntar confianza) hugely: enormously (enormemente) rain
down: (colloquial phrasal verb) to fall in large quantities (caer
a montones, llover a cántaros) slayer: killer (asesino) showed off: exhibited (exhibía, mostraba)
so far: up to now (hasta el presente, hasta ahora) written out: removed from the script (eliminado del
guón de la serie de TV) unfazed:
not confused or shocked by something (imperturbable) broke
up: (legally) terminated (se
dio por terminado)
discontinued their relationship(se
the public eye: of great interest to the public or his fans (en
público, expuesto a todos) as great off screen as on: as important off TV screen as
on TV screen
(tan importante fuera de la pantalla como en ella) crew: organized group of workmen
(equipo de TV o cine, tripulación) gagged:
enclosed and prevented from speaking (amordazado)
shipwreck: destruction of a ship or boat at sea by storm or
collision, etc. (naufragio) huge: enormous (enorme)
PHRASAL VERBS: UNA UTIL GRAMATICA
VERBS (Verbos Frasales) son verbos seguidos de preposiciones o
partículas adverbiales que le modifican, a veces totalmente, su sentido
o traducción básica. Como verbo principal, LOOK significa
"mirar", sin embargo, observemos qué cambios ocurren cuando
va seguido de after, into, up, to, forward
LOOK AFTER:take care of (cuidar): Please, look after my
cat while I am on holiday (Por favor, cuida mi gato mientras estoy de
vacaciones). LOOK INTO: investigate, examine (investigar, analizar): The
police promised to look into the problem (La policía prometió investigar el problema). LOOK UP TOrespect(respetar): Everybody at school looks
up to the headmaster (En la escuela todos respetan al director). LOOK UP:
1)improve(mejorar): Trade looked up this year
(Este año los negocios mejoraron).
I go to Barcelona I will look her up (Si voy a Barcelona, le haré una
visita). LOOK FORWARD TO: hope with anxiety (esperar ansiosamente): I look
forward to your next visit (Espero ansiosamente tu próxima visita). Si
le sigue otro verbo, el mismo va seguido de la forma ING: I look
forward to visiting you (Espero ansiosamente visitarte). LOOK BACK ON: recall(recordar, añorar): The old man looked back
on the days of his youth (El anciano recordaba los días de su
¿DIFICIL DE RECORDAR? TRATA DE PRACTICARLO AQUÍ ABAJO !!!
COMPLETE EACH SENTENCE BELOW WITH ONE THE SEVEN FORMS OF THE VERB
"TO LOOK" EXPLAINED ABOVE. BE CAREFUL AS THE VERBAL TENSES MAY BE
DIFFERENT. THEN CHECK
taught his son always to
(= respect) the poor.
university, George(= hoped
the Cincinatti Reds.
visited) an old friend when he
in Los Angeles
on 15 TV series, things began to.
investigated) his relationship
strongly that the director of The Three Kings
(= taking care of) the crew.
His latest TV
series, Kilroy, (=
recalled) his own