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Madonna Biography

The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops re-inventing herself, Madonna has sold tens of millions of records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics, and the films have usually had tepid, if any, success at the box office. Born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone in August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York in the late 1970s and studied with renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey, joined up with the Patrick Hernandez Revue, formed a pop/dance band called "Breakfast Club" and began working with then boyfriend Stephen Bray on recording several disco-oriented songs. New York producer / DJ Mark Kamins passed her demo tapes to Sire Records in early 1982 and the rest, as they say, is history. The 1980s was Madonna's boom decade, and she dominated the music charts with a succession of multi-million-selling albums, and her musical and fashion influence on young women was felt around the globe.

Madonna first appeared on screen in two low-budget films marketed to a teenage audience: A Certain Sacrifice (1985) and Vision Quest (1985). However, she scored a minor cult hit with Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) starring alongside spunky Rosanna Arquette. Madonna's next effort with then husband Sean Penn, Shanghai Surprise (1986), was savaged by critics, although the resilient star managed to somewhat improve her standing with her next two films, the offbeat Who's That Girl? (1987) (although she did receive decidedly mixed reviews, they weren't as negative as those of her previous effort) and the quirky Damon Runyon-inspired Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989). The big-budget and star-filled Dick Tracy (1990) had her playing bad girl "Breathless Mahoney" flirting with Warren Beatty, but the epic failed to catch fire at the box office. Taking an earthier role, Madonna was much more entertaining alongside Tom Hanks and Geena Davis in the highly enjoyable A League of Their Own (1992), a story about female baseball players during WWII. However, she again drew the wrath of critics with the boring whodunit Body of Evidence (1993), an obvious (and lame) attempt to cash in on the success of the sexy Sharon Stone thriller Basic Instinct (1992).

Several other minor screen roles followed, then Madonna starred as Eva Perón in Evita (1996), a fairly well received screen adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical. The Material Girl stayed away from the movie cameras for several years, returning to co-star in the lukewarm romantic comedy The Next Best Thing (2000), followed by the painful Swept Away (2002). If those films weren't bad enough, she was woefully miscast as a vampish fencing instructor in the James Bond adventure Die Another Day (2002).

Madonna Trivia

Brother Christopher Ciccone designs restaurant interiors. Renovated a mansion overlooking Hudson River north of New York City in the same West Nyack community that's home to Rosie O'Donnell and director Jonathan Demme.

Her videos "Justify My Love" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" were banned from VH1 & MTV. "Erotica" (1992), though not banned, was only played after midnight on MTV.

Her record company Maverick Records signed a distribution deal with A Band Apart Records, a record company founded by Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender. A Band Apart Records will focus on film soundtracks. [30 July 1997]

Gave birth to baby daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon ('Lola Leon') . The father is actor/fitness instructor Carlos Leon. [14 October 1996]

Studied with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and Pearl Lang's Dance Company in Manhattan. [1978]

Unanimously condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs in an October 26, 1993 concert.

Her song, "Vogue", is a tribute to the glamour of classic Hollywood. Celebrities mentioned in the song are Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Bette Davis.

Was supposed to play the lead in Music of the Heart (1999) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin.

High school cheerleader.

Her daughter Lourdes was named as a tribute to Madonna's mother, who wanted to visit Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, appeared in 1858, but died before doing so.

Was considered for the role in Casino (1995) that eventually went to Sharon Stone.

Turned down the lead in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

Turned down the role of Cristal Conners in Showgirls (1995).

Was good friends with Gwyneth Paltrow before she declined her invitation to join her Kabbalah study group in London. A similar thing happened to her friendship with Debi Mazar, who didn't like Madonna's participation in the Kabbalah.

In his 38th annual Worst Dressed List published in January 1998, Mr. Blackwell wrote about her questionable taste in clothing the previous year, "Let's be blunt, yesterday's Evita is today's Velveeta."

Owner of Maverick Records label (1992-2004).

Graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1976. Studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and won a scholarship to study modern dance and drama for 3 semesters at the University of Michigan.

One of 7 siblings. Her mother died of breast cancer on December 1st, 1963.

Her infamous 1994 appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) had her saying the "f" word 13 times.

Has an IQ of 140.

Her birthday is also the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

Bought mansion in the Hollywood Hills originally built for Rudolph Valentino.

Born at 7:05 AM EDT.

Named one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991', and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.

On January 25, 1989, Madonna had a $5 million contract with Pepsi to promote their product as well as cross-promote her new album, "Like a Prayer". However, on March 3, when the video for the first single, "Like a Prayer", was released, it caused international controversy, with images of burning crosses, murder, and racism, and Pepsi soon retracted their contract, after March 2, when the 2-minute commercial was only viewed once, during "The Cosby Show" (1984). The single later soared to Number 1 on the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. She later thanked Pepsi for creating such controversy.

Appeared in a 1988 stage play with Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna called "Speed-The-Plow".

Did a Japanese commercial for Panasonic in 1987.

Her film Shanghai Surprise (1986) was a box-office disaster, costing $17 million and grossing only $2.

Appeared in a filmed stage play in 1980 called "In Artificial Light", in which she wrote her own part.

Appeared in a stage play in 1986 called "Goose And Tom-Tom" with then-husband Sean Penn.

Her first film, A Certain Sacrifice (1985), was released in 1985, after she became a star, but was actually shot in two parts, the first in 1979, and the other, in 1981.

A September 2000 Rolling Stone article estimated her worth as $650 million. Since then, she has released the album "Music", which sold 12 million copies, has had a 47-date sold-out worldwide tour, completed a movie, and released a greatest hits compilation.

As of 2001, her albums have sold 153 million copies worldwide.

As of early 2002, has had 15 solo albums: "Madonna" (1983); "Like a Virgin" (1984); "True Blue" (1986); "Who's That Girl" (1987); "You Can Dance" (1987); "Like a Prayer" (1989); "I'm Breathless" (1990); "The Immaculate Collection" (1990); "Erotica" (1992); "Bedtime Stories" (1994); "Something to Remember" (1995); "Evita" (1996); "Ray of Light" (1998); "Music" (2000); "GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2" (2001).

She campaigned for the role of Frida Kalo, as did Jennifer Lopez, and tried to get a film made for numerous years. She had hoped to actually star with Marlon Brando as Diego Rivera, but due to her lack of box office draw at the time, the film idea went nowhere. After Evita (1996), she and Salma Hayek were both interested in films about the artist. Hayek's film won favor and was greenlit.

Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".

Gwyneth Paltrow was the Maid of Honor at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Her grandparents are Michelina and Gaetano Ciccone.

Her father is Italian, her mother was French-Canadian.

Sister-in-law of Joe Henry who write for "Don't Tell Me" and "Jump" from Madonna's albums "Music"(2003) and "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (2005) respectively.

Measurements: 34C-23-33 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

In October 2000, Madonna won her fight against a cybersquatter using the domain name madonna.com to operate a pornography website. The UN World Intellectual Property Organization found that site operator Dan Parisi "lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name." Parisi claims that he was in the process of handing over the rights to the domain name to a US hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation, which has the domain name madonna.org, when the case started.

She started fashion trends in 1984 with her unique look using rosaries and crosses as jewelry and black rubber typewriter bands as bracelets. Legions of adolescent girls mimicked her look and a Madonna clothing store was opened in New York. Again in 2001, another huge fashion trend was set off by the "Material Mom", this time with western wear - cowboy hats and mud-splattered jeans.

In November 2000, she held a live concert at the Brixton Academy in London which was broadcast over the Internet. A record nine million people watched the event, making it the largest live webcast of all time.

Her mother was born on July 11, 1932.

Her song 'Little star' is dedicated to her daughter Lourdes

Featured on the sleeve of the album "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors" by former Marillion singer Fish. She is also mentioned in his song "Big Wedge".

Madonna and Céline Dion share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor named Zacharie Cloutier.

Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "You Were Right" by Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy.

Attended St. Andrews Patrick Catholic school.

Attended West Junior High in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the 8th grade.

Her parents were married at Visitation Catholic Church in Bay City, Michigan on July 2, 1955.

Her mother and her two uncles were buried at Calvary Cemetery in Bay City, Michigan.

Purchased a mini mansion for daughter Lourdes in 2003. Produced by Posh Tots, a mini-mansion ranges in price from US$6,500 to US$125,000, and can even be installed with cable TV and running water.

December 2003 - announced she was starting a merchandising line of dolls, apparel, home decor, etc. as a tie-in to her best-selling children's book, "The English Roses".

Her first children's book, "The English Roses", was published in September, 2003.

Ranked #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Her wedding dress for her 2000 wedding to director Guy Ritchie was designed by her friend Stella McCartney.

Received a career award at the 2004 French NRJ Awards (January 2004).

"Madonna - Drowned World Tour 2001" home video release certified platinum in the U.S. (video sales of over 100,000 copies) (March 2002)

#6 in Life's 100 Greatest Rockers List (March 2002)

Won Best Solo Dance Artist at the 17th International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. (March 2002)

Voted #3 on the reader-voted Favorite Female List for Rolling Stone Magazine's 2001 Music Awards list, following Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez (January 2002).

"The Immaculate Collection" voted #1 on Blender magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time List. (Januray 2002)

"Nothing Fails" hits #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart, making it her 32nd Dance/Club play chart #1 and her 14th Top Five consecutive hit on that chart (all but three of her entries have been top ten singles on this chart). (Week ending 7th February 2004)

Her 1985 hit "Into The Groove" was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, while "Vogue" placed in the top 10 at #4.

Won Best Chart Act at the 2004 Dancestar USA Awards, in Bayfront Park, Miami. (9th March 2004)

Is good friends with Björk, who also wrote the song 'Bedtime Story' for her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories.

Parodied by Amy Poehler on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

In 2003, three different action figures were made of her likeness based on her character, Susan, from the movie Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).

August 1984: Fifth single from album "Madonna", "Lucky Star" was her first US Top Five hit (peaking at #4), and the first in a string of 17 consecutive US top fives. It spent four months (16 weeks) on the Hot 100 before it was pushed aside by her next single, "Like A Virgin". The video, directed by Arthur Pierson, was a stark performance piece, again bringing together her brother Christopher Ciccone and Erica Bell as backup dancers. The clip was filled with black rubber jelly bracelets, lace and a certain gyrating belly button. The single was initially released in the UK in 1983, instead of "Burning Up/Physical Attraction", where it did not chart. Reissued in the UK in 1984, it would peak at #14. Other chart activity includes: #2 in Japan (for 2 weeks). #16 in Canada. #29 in Europe. #36 in Australia. The single did not chart in France or Germany. The single included: "Lucky Star (Single Edit)" and "I Know It (Album Version)".

February 1984: Fourth single from album "Madonna", "Borderline" was Madonna's first US Top Ten single (peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100), where it spent an incredible 30 weeks on the Hot 100 - a feat matched by only one other single: "Take A Bow" in 1994. The songs video was the first of many collaborations with Mary Lambert, and it earned Madonna a 1984 MTV Video Music Award nomination for 'Best New Artist in a Video'. This was also Madonna's first Gold single in the US. Other chart activity includes: #12 in Australia. #22 in Canada. #26 in Japan. #56 in Europe. The single featured: "Borderline (Single Edit)" and "Think Of Me (Album Version)".

October 1982: The very first commercially available single, "Everybody", was one of the tunes that got her signed to Sire Records. Written by Madonna, it was included on her four-track demo tape and eventually found its way to her 1983 debut album. The 12" vinyl single was released in the fall of 1982 to clubs where it garnered critical acclaim, and upon its debut on Billboard's Dance/Disco Top 80 chart, the magazine's "Dance Trax" columnist Brian Chin reviewed the single. He wrote: "Madonna, a young New York duo (??) produced by DJ Mark Kamins, has released a commercial 12-inch on Sire, called "Everybody"; previewed favorably on clubs and radio, the spare, bright cut has a relaxing quality at home listening levels, but somehow sounds much harder- edged in the club". The video that accompanied the single was a low-budget affair, and featured Madonna performing the track with dancers Christopher Ciccone (her brother) and Erica Bell. "Everybody" would reach No. 3 on the chart, beginning Madonna's unparalleled domination of Billboard's dance charts for the next 20 years. The single unfortunately failed to chart on the US Billboard Top 100 Chart, Canada, Europe, the UK, Germany, France & Japan. The single was not released in Australia. Her first single out of the gate, the 12" vinyl included the 12" Version and Dub Version.

9th March 1983: Second single from the album "Madonna", the double-sided 12" single "Burning Up / Physcial Attraction" was the follow-up to "Everybody" and quickly ascended the Disco chart. The rather rockin' A-side climbed and peaked at #3, matching its predecessor's success. Steve Baron directed the music video for "Burning Up", who at the time was best known for lensing the video for Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". The clip was never widely seen, as "Burning Up" failed to catch on outside of dance clubs. This was Madonna's debut single in Australia, peaking at #13 on the Australian AMR chart. The single failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, Europe, Germany, France & Japan. The single was not released in the UK. The single featured "Burning Up (12" Version)" and "Physical Attraction (Album Version)".

July 1983: Third single from the album "Madonna", "Holiday" bursts onto pop radio. In October 1983, the single finally became Madonna's first Billboard Hot 100 Hit in the US, climbing to #16. It stayed on the chart for 12 weeks. The single also stayed at #13 on the European charts for 2 weeks. Certified Silver in the UK & France. Other chart activity includes: #4 in Australia. #6 in the UK. #9 in Germany. #10 in Japan. #24 in France. #34 in Canada. Peaking at #16, it is her first charting single in the US. The track solidified her roots in dance clubs - it was her first #1 single on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart. The single featured "Holiday (Single Edit)" and "I Know It (Album Version)".

September 1983: Her debut album "Madonna" climbed to #8 (for three weeks) on the US Billboard Top 200, spending a whopping 168 weeks on the chart. Madonna wrote five of the eight tracks on the album which has now sold over five million copies in the US alone. US Billboard Chart figures include: 5 weeks in the Top 10, 36 weeks in Top 40, 99 weeks in Top 100 & 168 weeks in Top 200. 5 million units shipped in the US, 3.3 million shipped internationally, totaling 8.3 million all up. Produced by Reggie Lucas, the album collected some of her early 12" dance club hits including: "Everybody", "Burning Up/ Physical Attraction", along with the soon to be smashes "Holiday", "Borderline" and "Lucky Star". Originally peaking at #44 in Germany, it would later be re- issued as "Madonna: The First Album" and peak at #28. Certified 5xPlatinum in the US, 3xPlatinum in the UK & Australia, 1xPlatinum in France, and Gold in Germany Other chart activity includes: #6 in the UK. #8 in France. #10 in Australia. #19 in Canada.

She is a fan of Carole Lombard, Betty Grable and Katharine Hepburn.

Born on the same day as actress Angela Bassett.

July 1984: Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the first single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Like A Virgin" remains one of Madonna's most popular and enduring singles. It spent six weeks at #1 in the U.S. (her second longest run at the top) and also hit #1 in Japan (for 4 weeks), Canada (for 3 weeks), Europe (for 5 weeks) and Australia (for 5 weeks). Mary Lambert directed the 'Madonna goes to Venice' music video, which featured Madonna performing through the canals in blue spandex tights and teased hair. The video featured panting lions, Madonna slinking around in a wedding dress and a hot guy in a tuxedo with a lion mask. On 13th September 1985, the clip earned three 1985 MTV Video Music Award nominations: Best Choreography, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. On 14th September 1984, Madonna would also give a memorable performance of the song at MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards (1984) (TV). The single would stay in the US Billboard charts for 19 weeks. Other chart placings include #3 in the UK, #4 in Germany and #8 in France. It would be certified Gold in the US & UK, and Silver in Germany. This was her first #1 single. The 12" single featured: "Like A Virgin (Extended Dance Remix)" and "Stay (Album Version)".

November 1984 saw the release of "Like A Virgin", Madonna's second studio album, and the set that would make her a household name. Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the opus churned out four US top five singles: the title track (#1 for six weeks), "Material Girl" (#2), "Angel" (#5) and "Dress You Up" (#5). The album remains her biggest selling studio set in the US with over 10 million units sold (certified 10xPlatinum). "Like A Virgin" spent three weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart at #1 (her first #1 album) and lingered on the tally for over two years. The album stayed in the Billboard Top 10 for 33 weeks, Top 40 for 52 weeks, Top 100 for 70 weeks and 200 for 108 weeks (More than 2 years). The song "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" would be released as a single 12 years later in 1996. Other chart activity includes: #1 in the UK for 6 weeks (where it was certified 6xPlatinum), #1 in Germany for a week (certified Platinum), #2 in Australia (certified 7xPlatinum), #2 in France (certified 2xPlatinum) & #3 in Canada for 5 weeks (certified 10xPlatinum).

January 1985: Second single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Material Girl" released. While certainly intended as a send-up of mid-80s commercialism and greed, the single was (of course) misinterpreted and gave Madonna her most well-worn nickname. The bass-heavy affair was produced by Nile Rodgers and quickly flew up the charts around the world, hitting #2 in the US Billboard Top 100 Chart and top five status internationally. At one point during "Material Girl"'s US chart run, it was joined by "Crazy For You" in the US top five, a rarity in the chart world. The songs music video was almost as notorious as the song itself. 'Mary Lambert' directed the clip - inspired heavily by Marilyn Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - that would prove inescapable on MTV in the spring of 1985. On 13th September 1985, the video garnered Madonna her first Best Female Video nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards 1985 (1985) (TV). The single stayed on the US charts for 17 weeks. It also hit #1 in Japan for 2 weeks and peaked at #3 in the UK for 2 weeks. Other chart placings include: #4 in Australia. #5 in Canada & Europe. #13 in Germany. #47 in France. The 12" single featured: "Material Girl (Extended Dance Mix)" and "Pretender (Album Version)".

April 1985: Third single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Angel/Into The Groove" is a rather curious single in Madonna's chart history. While "Into The Groove" is easily of her most enduring 1980s era singles, it never charted on the US Hot 100. Since it was never released as a 7" single and its only commercial release in America came as the b-side to the 12" single of "Angel", it didn't qualify to enter Billboard's pop chart. Curiously, it did hit #19 on the Hot Black Singles chart. "Angel/Into The Groove" was released as a double A-side single in the US (where it spent 17 weeks, peaked at #4 and was certified Gold), Canada (where it hit #19) & #1 in Australia for 4 weeks. In other territories the singles were released separately. "Angel" peaked at #5 in the UK (where it was certified Silver), #3 in Japan, #13 in Europe, #31 in Germany and didn't chart in France. "Into The Groove" became Madonna's first #1 hit in the UK, and still holds the record for her longest running chart topper there (a month - four weeks, tied with "Vogue"), where it was Certified Gold), #1 in Japan for 3 weeks and #1 in Europe for a week. The music video for "Into The Groove" was made up entirely of scenes from the film Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). The video in the US was firmly rooted on heavy rotation. Other chart activity includes #2 in France & #3 in Germany (where it was certified Silver). In later years "Into The Groove", still one of Madonna's most loved dance songs was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs. The US 12" vinyl featured: "Angel (Extended Dance Mix)" and "Into The Groove". The "Into The Groove" 7" release featured: "Into The Groove" and "Shoo Bee Doo".

February 1985: Recorded for the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack, "Crazy For You" reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Australia (for 3 weeks), #1 in Japan (for 4 weeks) and #2 in the UK. In February 1986, Madonna earned her first Grammy nomination when she scored a nod for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for "Crazy For You" at The 28th Annual Grammy Awards (1986) (TV). Other chart activity includes: #2 in the UK. #4 in Canada. #6 in Europe for 6 weeks. #36 in Germany. #47 in France. Staying on the US Billboard Chart for 21 weeks, it was certified Gold in both the US and UK. In 1991, "Crazy For You" was re-released in the UK and again hit #2. The video for the single consisted of footage from the Harold Becker film Vision Quest (1985) starring Matthew Modine. The 7" single featured: "Crazy For You" - Madonna and "No More Words" - Berlin (both from the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack).

She has posed nude at least three times in her career: briefly in A Certain Sacrifice (1985), in some nude photos taken before she became famous in the late 1970s which eventually ran in Penthouse magazine and in the 1992 photo and interview book "Sex" which became a worldwide best seller.

Siblings: Martin (1957), Anthony (1956), Christopher (1960), Paula (1959), Melanie (1962), Mario (1969) and Jennifer (1968).

1985: "Holiday" re-issed in the UK just before the release of "Angel" where it peaked at #2 (4 places higher than its original release).

1985: Second single from the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack, "Gambler" hit #4 in the UK, where it would be certified Silver. While "Gambler" was never released as a single in the US and Candada, it still became popular in America thanks to the video being played constantly on MTV. The video for the single consisted of footage from the Harold Becker film _Vision Quest (1985)_ starring Matthew Modine. Other chart activity includes: #8 in Europe, #10 in Australia, #12 in Japan, #25 in Germany, #35 in France. The 7" single featured: "Gambler" - Madonna and "Nature Of The Beach" - Black 'n Blue (both from the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack).

April 1985: Her first ever concert tour "The Virgin Tour" opens in Seattle, WA with the Beastie Boys as the supporting act. In June 1985 the tour ends with performances at Radio City Music Show in New York. On 11th January 1986, the show is released on home video as "The Virgin Tour: Live". Directed by Daniel Kleinman, it peaked at #1 on the Billboard home video chart, where it stayed for 49 weeks. The release includes 10 of the 13 songs performed at the show. It unfortunately leaves out "Angel", "Burning Up" and "Borderline".

1986: "Borderline" re-issued as a single in the UK where it peaked at #2 (54 places higher than its original release) and be certified Silver. It also peaked at #21 on Europe charts for two weeks.

24th July 1985: The fourth and final single from "Like A Virgin", "Dress You Up" shimmied to #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100, Australiam Canada and the UK. It stayed on the US chart for 16 weeks and was certified silver in the UK. Other chart activity includes: #6 in Europe and Japan. #18 in France. #20 in Germany. "Dress You Up" was also used as a cartoon music video for DTV (a 'Walt Disney' version of MTV for kids). However, the song became the subject of controversy when the Parents Music Resource Center's Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, called "Dress You Up" "vulgar music" after hearing her daughter Karenna listen to the song (along with "Darling Nikki" by 'Prince (I)'); and soon the PMRC listed "Dress You Up" as #8 on their "Filthy Fifteen" list, for the perceived sexual content in the song's lyrics, leading to the creation of the "Parental Advisory" labels. The single's music video was her first "live" clip, taken from "The Virgin Tour Live" VHS and directed by Daniel Kleinman. The 12" maxi-single featured: "Dress You Up (Album Version)", "Dress You Up (12" Formal Mix)", "Dress You Up (Casual Instrumental Mix)" and "Shoo Bee Doo (Album Version)".

Her song "La Isla Bonita" (1986) was inspired by a visit she made to San Pedro, Ambergris Cay, Belize, with her then-husband Sean Penn

She was voted the 36th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.

A fan of the film Grey Gardens (1975), and "La Dolce vita (1960))_ ".

Had lived in Pontiac, Michigan before living in Rochester Hills from 6th grade until she moved away to college.

Has a great-aunt named Bambina De Giulio.

Her grandparents are named Elsie Fortin and Willard Fortin (1904-1959).

Once had two pets named Chiquita (chichuahua) and Pepito (bull terrier).

Was born at Bay City Mercy Hospital in Bay City, Michigan.

Her son, Rocco Ritchie, with Ritchie, was born by emergency C-section - 3 weeks early. [11 August 2000]

Re-Invention Tour was the #1 world tour of 2004 grossing over $125 million. 55 of 56 shows were sold-out. (Billboard Boxscore)

Turned down the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in _Batman Returns (1992)_ .

Was Prince's first choice for the role of the Kid's angelic muse Aura in his movie musical Graffiti Bridge (1990). She turned it down, brazenly telling him "the screenplay was awful." When it was finally released in theaters, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb.

Is the only person to "win" the awards for Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple at the Razzie Awards all in the same year. She "won" Worst Supporting Actress in the film Die Another Day (2002). She shared the Worst Screen Couple award with Adriano Giannini in Swept Away (2002). And she tied for Worst Actress in Swept Away (2002) with Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002/I).

Nude pictures of her taken years earlier, when she was a starving dancer, ran in Penthouse magazine. Due to the success of that issue, she posed nude again in the coffee table book "Sex" which became an instant best seller.

Voted #35 on Playboy's "100 sexiest women" of the 20th Century (jan/2000).

One of the very few friends she has kept from the old days is her former makeup artist, Debi Mazar, who is now an actress.

Good friends with singer Britney Spears

Is spoofed in Eminem's music video "Just lose it"

Is a big fan of Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.

Is a distant cousin of Gwen Stefani. Gwen's great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the same last name with Madonna.

Favorite Designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Betsy Johnson, Gianni Versace, Stella McCartney, Maripol.

Fell off a horse on her country estate in England, sustaining numerous injuries. [August 16, 2005]

Briefly hospitalized on her 47th birthday after breaking her hand and collar bone, and cracking three ribs after falling off a horse on her country estate.

Along with Pia Zadora, Sylvester Stallone, Pauly Shore and Demi Moore, one of the few people who have "won" back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. She "won" Worst Actress of 1987 for her performance in the film Shanghai Surprise (1986), and then again the next year she "won" Worst Actress of 1988 for her performance in the film _Who's That Girl? (1987)_ .

Her role in "Speed The Plow" on Broadway was taken over by `Felcity Huffman'

During her career she always had much influence on fashion due to her constant image change. She is considered as a fashion icon by most women in the world.

Motherhood has inspired her to write a number of critically-acclaimed children's books: "The Adventures of Abdi", "The English Roses", "Lotsa de Casha", "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and "Yakov and the Seven Thieves". All have become international best-sellers and earned her praise for the morals woven into the stories.

"Hung Up" jumped seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 2005. Consequently the pop icon matches Elvis Presley's tally for top 10 hits - 36, the most for any artist in the rock era.

Considered for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), which eventually went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

Won two prizes at the 2006 Echo Awards for "Best Female Artist international" and "Hit of the Year" for "Hung Up" (12 March 2006).

Has two songs with the same title on two different albums: "Forbidden Love" which was included in her "Bedtime Stories" album; and "Forbidden Love" which was a track on her "Confessions on a Dance Floor" album. Although both songs have the same title, they are two totally different tracks.

The first song she ever wrote before she became famous was a song called "Tell the Truth".

Nicknames her daughter Lourdes "Lola".

Introduced the songs that won Oscars for Broadway "rivals" Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Owns a house in Miami

Her favorite flowers are white roses.

Was first introduced to her husband Guy Ritchie by Sting & Trudie Styler at their Country Estate. Sting was later made godfather of their first born son Rocco Ritchie.

Her father and stepmother, Silvio & Joan Ciccone, own and operate the award- winning Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City.

Her personal stylist is Shavawn Marie Gordon (2005).

Former daughter-in-law of Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan

Former sister-in-law of Chris Penn and Michael Penn

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV's 2006 TRL Awards (25 February 2006).

Her version of "American Pie" was played for the first time at a John Galiano fashion show in 1999.

1986: Wrote the song "Each Time You Break My Heart" for Nick Kamen.

Childhood friend of Moira McFarland-Messana from Michigan.

1990: Allowed French TV host Michel Drucker to interview her in her L.A. home in 1990.

Although her "Confessions Tour", which started on 21 May 2006, is expected to become the most successful tour by a female artist in history, it also sparked heavy criticism because she used religious symbols such as the crucifix in one part of the show.

She was ranked #1 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Had stated that Deborah Harry from Blondie and Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders were her main musical influences.

Appears in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the female singer with the highest annual earnings.

A judge in Malawi has approved an official application filed by Madonna, confirming claims she has adopted a one-year-old boy. Judge Andrew Nyirenda issued an interim order allowing the singer and husband Guy Ritchie to take custody of David at a high court in Lilongwe. [October 12, 2006]

Estimated in 2006 to have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

Had stated that movie stars such as Carole Lombard, Judy Holliday, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Louise Brooks, Rita Hayworth, and Dita Parlo were her idols.

On Oprah (October 25,2006) Madonna stated that the adoption of David is not official until one year from now. A child service worker needs to check if David is fed and taken care of properly. Then after a year, Madonna may or may not be David's adoptive mom.

Andy Warhol was among the guests at her wedding to Sean Penn.

On her 1989 "Like A Prayer" album, she wrote a song about her failed marriage to Sean Penn called "Till Death Do Us Part".

14th January 1984: Performs "Holiday" on "Bandstand" (1952) {(1984-01-14)}. It is her first national TV performance.

1982: Signs a deal with Sire Records.

14th September 1984: Nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and gives a memorable performance of "Like A Virgin" at the ceremony.

Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [11 November 2004]

Distantly related to Mark Wahlberg.

Attended same high school as Karen Moncrieff, and David Geister.

Favourite alcoholic drink is lemon drops.

A fan of the book "Gone with the Wind".

Provided the idea of doing a parody of "Like a Virgin" for Weird Al. "Like a Surgeon" was her original idea. Madonna's friend who worked at Weird Al's record company passed the message.

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