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Price of fame may be a shorter life 成名的代價可能是短命

A tourist holding an umbrella to shield herself from the sun walks on Hollywood Walk of Fame stars in Los Angeles, California on June 28.

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The price of fame can be high with an international study finding that people who enjoy successful entertainment or sporting careers tend to die younger.

Researchers Richard Epstein and Catherine Epstein said the study, based on analyzing 1,000 New York Times obituaries from 2009 to 2011, found film, music, stage performers and sports people died at an average age of 77.2 years.

This compared to an average lifespan of 78.5 years for creative workers, 81.7 for professionals and academics, and 83 years for people in business, military and political careers.

The Australian-based researchers said these earlier deaths could indicate that performers and sports stars took more risks in life, either to reach their goals or due to their success.

“Fame and achievement in performance-related careers may be earned at the cost of a shorter life expectancy,” the researchers wrote in their study published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine.

Britain’s most high-profile celebrity publicist, Max Clifford, said the pressure that celebrities and sports stars put on themselves to succeed had to play a part, and even at the top they were always worried about who could replace them.










1. fame n.

聲譽;名望 (sheng1 yu4; ming2 wang4)

例: After recovering from his illness, he decided to be a volunteer, caring very little for fame and fortune.


2. lifespan n.

壽命 (shou4 ming4)

例: According to a study in the journal The American Naturalist, large dogs actually age faster than small dogs; therefore, their lifespan is shorter.


3. high-profile adj.

夙負盛名的;備受矚目的 (su4 fu4 sheng4 ming2 de5; bei4 shou4 zhu3 mu4 de5)

例: The country had a series of high-profile corruption cases.


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