NATALIE IMBRUGLIA

 Natalie Imbruglia was born in 1975 in a small town two hours from Sydney, Australia. She is the second daughter of a family with four girls. Her father is Italian and her mother is Australian. She took tap dancing and ballet lessons when she was a child. She danced 6 days a week, mainly after school. When she was fifteen, she went to a drama school. She became famous when she started acting in the Australian TV series Neighbours. Two years later, she got bored with it and left.

In 1994, she moved to London. She needed to earn money, so she started writing songs. In 1996, she met Mark Fox, creative director for BMG publishing. She showed her work to him and he liked it so much that he contacted Phil Thornally, a former member of the rock band The Cure. Then, they recorded her hit song, “Torn”. It was so popular that almost all major radio stations around the world played it again and again. In 1998, she made her first album “Left of the Middle”. It was very successful and it brought her many prizes, including MTV Music Video Awards, the Australian Record Industry Awards and MTV Europe Video Music
Awards.

Now, Natalie lives alone in West Hampstead, London. She still loves acting and she acted in Johnny English together with John Malkovich, but she wants to go on writing and singing her songs for a while. In April 2005, she released her third album. The first single from this album was “Shiver” and it became her longest running single.
A. What do the following refer to?
1. him (para. 2)
2. it (para. 2)
B. Mark the following statements True (T) or False (F).
T F 1. Natalie’s parents have four children.
T F 2. Natalie first became famous as a singer.
T F 3. Natalie performed in Neighbours for two years.
T F 4. Natalie got prizes for her hit song “Torn”.
T F 5. Natalie still lives with her family in Sydney.
C. Answer the following questions.
1. Why did Natalie stop acting in Neighbours?
2. Why did Natalie begin writing songs?
3. \'</ho is Phil Thornally?
4. How many albums has Natalie made?

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