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The Big O 脱口秀女王——欧普拉(转载自常春藤英语)

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The Big O 脱口秀女王——欧普拉

 

  When Oprah talks, people listen. Known as the queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey has captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world. Oprah was born in a small town in Mississippi on January 29, 1954. Taught to read by her grandmother, she was already making speeches at the age of three. She got her big break in Chicago in 1985 when she was asked to host her own one-hour talk show1 from Monday to Friday, called "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

 

  Broadcasting2 was in Oprah's blood, so her talk show rose to number one in less than a year. Not surprisingly, the show has remained the most popular talk show for 23 straight seasons. Oprah did not limit herself just to talking. She also made her mark in acting. She received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations3 for her character Sofia in Steven Spielberg's film "The Color Purple." Through her love of acting and quality entertainment4, Oprah started her own production5 company Harpo Studios6 in 1986. Two years later, Oprah bought the rights of her show, making her the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. 

 

Building Your Vocabulary  


1. remain vi. 仍是,保持(同样状态)
Oil prices have remained steady.
油价依然保持稳定。
2. straight a. 连续的
Five straight days of rain caused flooding.
连续五天的雨势酿成了水患。
3. quality a. 优质的,非常好的
The shop sells only quality seafood.
那间店只贩卖质量优良的海鲜。

 

Phrases for Learning  


1. capture the heart of...  赢得……的好感
Greg tried hard to capture the hearts of his girlfriend's parents.
格雷努力试图赢得他女友父母的欢心。
2. big/lucky break  良机,好运
Eddie got a lucky break with his solo show.
艾迪以他的个人表演得到了一炮而红的机会。
3. be in + 所有格 + blood  (是某人)天赋的
Dancing has always been in Jane's blood.
小珍一直都有跳舞的天赋。
4. limit A to B  使 A 受限于 B
Al was asked to limit his speech to an hour.
艾尔被要求将他的演讲限制在一小时内结束。
5. make + 所有格 + mark  (某人)成功∕留名
The Godfather series had made its mark in movie history.
《教父》三部曲在影史上留下了青名。 
 
 
Extra Words  


1. talk show n. 名人访谈节目,脱口秀
2. broadcasting n.(电视或电台的)广播事业
3. nomination n. 提名
4. entertainment n. 娱乐(节目)
5. production n.(电视、电影等的)制作(本文中作形容词用)
6. studio n. 制片公司(亦作studios) 
 
 
Tips In Use  


...she was already making speeches at the age of three.
(……而且年仅三岁便已经在发表演说了。)
  凡是表『年纪、速度、价格』或与『数字』有关之名词,如:age(年龄)、speed(速度)、cost(价格、代价)、price(价格)、altitude(高度)等,均与介词 at 并用。
Gina bought the piano at a low price.
(吉娜以低价买了这台钢琴。)
The plane was flying at an altitude of 7,000 feet.
(这架飞机在七千英呎的高空飞行。)
Henry lives at 125 Lexington Road.
(亨利住在莱辛顿路一百二十五号。) 
 
 
中文翻译  


  欧普拉一开口,人们便专注倾听。欧普拉‧温佛瑞不但以日间电视节目女王的头衔著称,她更深深掳获了全世界数百万人的心。欧普拉于1954年一月二十九日出生在密西西比州的一个小镇上。她自幼是由祖母教她读书识字,而且年仅三岁便已经在发表演说了。1985年,她在芝加哥得到一个崭露头角的机会,当时她受邀主持一个周一到周五、每集一小时的脱口秀节目,名称就叫做《欧普拉秀》。

  欧普拉的身上流着电视广播人的血,所以她的脱口秀在不到一年的时间内就登上第一名宝座。毫无意外地,此节目连续二十三季都一直是最受欢迎的脱口秀。欧普拉并不把自己局限在脱口秀的框框里。她在演戏方面也大有成就。她在导演史蒂芬史匹柏的电影《紫色姊妹花》里饰演了苏菲亚一角,因而获得了奥斯卡和金球奖提名。凭借着她对演戏和优质娱乐节目的热爱,欧普拉于1986年创办了自己的制作公司Harpo Studios。两年后,欧普拉买下了自己节目的所有权,使得她成为史上第一位拥有并自行制作个人脱口秀的女性。 

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