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madonnaToday 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.

Born 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.

Before completing her education, Madonna dropped out of college to move to New York, paving the way to a career in dance and pop.

She 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.

If 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 Desperately 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 entirely forgettable.

Her movie 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.

Offstage, 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.


More about Madonna around the Web: - 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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