FCE Reading Part 3

Read the texts and answer the questions below. You have 20 minutes.

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz is a beautiful Spanish actress and Oscar winner. She is in more than 40 films and Vicky Christina Barcelona is one of her best films. It is about two young Amercian women in Barcelona and the director is Woody Allen from New York. It is a brilliant film and is now available on DVD. Penelope Cruz is also a trained ballet dancer and is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and English. She is 1.63 m tall. She is a vegetarian and her hobby is dominoes.


Penelope’s family is from Alcobendas near Madrid. Her mother’s name is Encarna and she is a hairdresser. Her father’s name is Eduardo and he is a car mechanic. Her brother is also called Eduardo and he is a singer. Her sister Monica is an actress like Penelope and she is famous on TV in Spain.

More great films with Penelope Cruz are Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and All the Pretty Horses and in Spanish Belle Epoque and All About My Mother. Her next film is called Nine.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was the man who brought kung fu to the West with his famous film Enter the Dragon.


Although Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown in San Francisco in 1940, his parents soon moved back to Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Hong Kong shortly afterwards but the family survived.


His father Lee Hoi Chuon was a famous Cantonese opera singer and actor and his mother Grace was a wealthy aristocrat from Hong Kong. In 1957 Lee fought and won the Hong Kong high school boxing championship and then became the Hong Kong cha cha cha champion for 1958.


At the age of 18, he returned to the United States where his sister and brother lived. He studied drama and philosophy at the University of Washington in Seattle. Then he opened his first martial arts school where he taught his friends Jun Fan Gung Fu.


Bruce Lee then had the original idea behind the very famous TV series Kung Fu but Warner Bros. decided not to have a Chinese person as the star of the series. As a result, Bruce and wife and children caught a plane to Hong Kong.


Back in Hong Kong, Bruce immediately made three very successful films with director Raymond Chow called The Big Boss, Fist of Fury and The Way of the Dragon. There is a very famous fight scene in The Way of the Dragon with Chuck Norris filmed in the Colosseum in Rome where the gladiators fought. His last film was Enter the Dragon and was also a huge hit. The movie has made more than 200 million US dollars.


Bruce Lee was a philosopher as well as a fighter and wrote a lot of books. He believed that all knowlegde eventually became self-knowledge.

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal was born on a Spanish island called Majorca on 3 June 1986 where his family lived. He started playing tennis when he was three.


Although he is right-handed, he changed to playing left-handed when he was eight years old. He also really liked football but stopped playing because he needed more time for school. His uncle Tony helped Rafa to become a professional.


When Rafa was 14, the Spanish tennis federation wanted Rafa to leave the island of Majorca and move to Barcelona. However, his family didn’t want this so the Spanish federation decided to reduce the financial help for Rafa’s career. This decision by the Spanish federation of tennis was very stupid and very typical.


Rafa tried to win Wimbledon twice before taking the title from his friend Roger Federer in 2008. They played the longest Wimbledon final ever and hero and former-champion John McEnroe called it the best tennis match in history.


In the same year, Rafa became the best player in the world.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the books about Harry Potter played by Daniel Radcliffe in the films.


At university JK studied French and the classics. Her first husband was Portuguese but unfortunately the marriage was not a success. After, she was very sad and cried a lot. She was unemployed and poor.


J.K. prepared the first Harry Potter book in the Nicolson’s Café in Edinburgh. Then JK tried to find a publisher. She offered her first book to twelve publishers in England but they didn’t like it. Fortunately, a little girl called Alice enjoyed reading the first chapter. She is the daughter of a publisher and he agreed to publish the book.


Six more books followed and the films of course. Now JK isn’t sad or worried about money. In fact, her life is more magic than Harry Potter’s!