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六级阅读:喜剧女明星琼·里弗斯去世 享年81岁

2014-09-05    来源:English.news.cn    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

六级阅读:喜剧女明星琼·里弗斯去世 享年81岁

美国著名喜剧女明星琼·里弗斯当地时间4日在纽约去世,终年81岁。她的女儿发表声明证实了有关消息。下面的英文可以当做六级阅读练习材料。

U.S. comedienne Joan Rivers dies at 81

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Legendary American comedian Joan Rivers died at a New York hospital Thursday. She was 81.

Rivers, who was hailed as a comedy icon and trailblazer, was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest following a routine procedure.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," her only child and daughter Melissa Rivers announced in a statement. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends." Her daughter confirmed the comedian died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing too."

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday also issued a statement to mourn the death of Joan Rivers, sending his condolences to her family by saying "Joan Rivers was an iconic New Yorker whose wit and humor will always be remembered. Joan made the nation laugh for more than fifty years, and for that we will always be grateful."

Comedienne Rivers was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the suburbs of the Big Apple. Local media reports described Rivers as a pioneer for women in comedy in an era of male domination. She had also been well known for her unapologetic love of plastic surgery as her barbed humor. She never recovered after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Aug. 28.

Rivers' daytime talk show earned her an Emmy Award in 1990, with the program earning another six nominations in the next three years. And the 2010 documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" collected plaudits at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.

"She remains one of the most transgressive and fearless of comedians, and one of the quickest, fastest and most merciless," said critic Roger Ebert.

The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. The department is looking into "the whole matter," said Spokesman James O'Hare Thursday. He declined to discuss specifics. (English.news.cn)

相关介绍:

据悉,琼·里弗斯上周在曼哈顿一家诊所接受咽喉手术时突然呼吸停止,送往纽约西奈山医院时已处于病危状态,急救后情况未见好转,一直处于昏迷状态,靠呼吸机维持生命。

琼·里弗斯的女儿梅丽莎发表声明说,她的母亲是于4日下午1点17分(北京时间5日凌晨1点17分)去世的。她向抢救里弗斯的西奈山医院表示感谢,并说相信她母亲的遗愿仍是希望她的家人能重新欢笑。

纽约市官员透露,纽约州卫生局正在对琼·里弗斯遭遇呼吸停止的那家诊所进行调查。该诊所拒绝对州卫生局的调查发表评论。

美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)等全美各大电视台纷纷中断常规节目播送,转而滚动播报琼·里弗斯的死讯,回顾她的一生。

琼·里弗斯被誉为“美国最幽默的女人”之一。她1933年生于纽约布鲁克林,上世纪50年代就开始活跃在戏剧舞台,直到最近仍有新作问世。

琼·里弗斯主持多档谈话节目,特别是上世纪80年代的《琼·里弗斯深夜秀》等脱口秀栏目,一度风靡全美,她也就此成为纽约时尚文化圈的标志性人物之一。琼·里弗斯还出版了十多本书籍,尽管她的一些言论也引起了外界的不少争议。



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