Today a major pop influrence for a generation of singers that followed, Madonna has been wowing audiences since MTV first made her a video star in 1983.
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone on August
16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, the future mega-star showed an
early interest in dance and eventually won a scholarship to the
University of Michigan on the strength of her talent.
completing her education, Madonna dropped out of college to move
to New York, paving the way to a career in dance and pop.
was quickly discovered by Sire Records and signed on to create
her first three debut hits, Borderline, Lucky Star and
Holiday. The new cable rock channel, MTV,
began airing all three videos in rotation and...a
star was born.
bouncy pop tunes were the early star's stock and trade, then she
quickly found a way to make headlines with the release of her
semi-scandalous album Like A Virgin, the title song garnering
her first No. 1 hit in 1984. Her third album, True Blue,
generated even more heat by including a bouncy anthem to teen
pregnancy, Papa Don't Preach.
All the while,
Madonna tried to jump start a film career beginning with the promising
Seeking Susan in 1985, but the aspiring actress has, in
every attempt since, failed to score at the box office save for a well-received performance in A League of Their Own opposite Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.
Bursting onto the music scene in the 1980's, Madonna rose to become an
international fashion trendsetter, major pop icon, and movie star.
Her flops include a co-starring
role with her then-husband, Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise (1986); the screwball comedy, Who's That Girl (1987); and and as Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy (1990). She eventually
won a plum role in the film version of Evita (1996) for which
she won a Golden Globe as Best Actress, but the film itself was
foray with then-husband Guy Ritchie in Swept
Away (2002) opened to some of the most disasterous reviews
of her career.
In February 2012 the pop diva took the stage at the Super Bowl game, followed shortly by the announcement of her "2012 World Tour" kicking off in May. The 2012 World Tour played arenas, stadiums, and other major venues, stopping at more than two dozen European cities before embarking on a US and North America tour at the end of the summer.
the pop singer's romantic attachments have included a parade of celebrities and sports stars ranging from actor Warren Beatty to Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. Her first marriage in 1985 to actor Sean Penn ended in divorce in 1989.
Madonna and and actor/director, Guy
Ritchie, were married in 2000 and have a a son, Rocco
Ritchie, born August 11, 2000. The marriage ended in divorce seven years later. Madonna also
has a daughter with Carlos Leon, a
personal trainer and actor. Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon
was on born October 14, 1996.
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- The official site with recent news and updates, touring schedule,
pictures & video galleries, plus details on her childrens
books, fan club registration, online store.
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