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Also Known As: Madonna Ciccone, Madonna Louise Ciccone, Madonna Ritchie Died:
Born: August 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bay City, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, singer, songwriter, music producer, dancer, nude artists' model, hat check girl

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In 1983, when TV host Dick Clark asked the then 25-year-old pop music newcomer Madonna where she wanted to be in 20 years, she replied cockily that she wanted to "rule the world." It actually took something closer to a year and a half. A master of reinvention throughout her over a quarter of a century long career, Madonna evolved from unknown New York club kid to Grammy-winning singer, Golden Globe-winning actress, and one-woman empire - all without compromising her fearless approach to social commentary and talent for creating a media frenzy. At the outset, her in-your-face attitude and overt sexuality that teen girls admired and imitated drew ire from religious and conservative groups, and her later outspoken stance on politics, gay rights issues, and her own spiritual path continued to prove the adage "no publicity is bad publicity." From her peak album sales of the 1980s, beginning with the iconic Like a Virgin (1984) LP, Madonna went on to a dominatrix-themed phase which included the graphic photo book Sex and the album Erotica (1992), both of which led to a temporary dip in popularity. Later dance club-oriented releases like Grammy-winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor...

In 1983, when TV host Dick Clark asked the then 25-year-old pop music newcomer Madonna where she wanted to be in 20 years, she replied cockily that she wanted to "rule the world." It actually took something closer to a year and a half. A master of reinvention throughout her over a quarter of a century long career, Madonna evolved from unknown New York club kid to Grammy-winning singer, Golden Globe-winning actress, and one-woman empire - all without compromising her fearless approach to social commentary and talent for creating a media frenzy. At the outset, her in-your-face attitude and overt sexuality that teen girls admired and imitated drew ire from religious and conservative groups, and her later outspoken stance on politics, gay rights issues, and her own spiritual path continued to prove the adage "no publicity is bad publicity." From her peak album sales of the 1980s, beginning with the iconic Like a Virgin (1984) LP, Madonna went on to a dominatrix-themed phase which included the graphic photo book Sex and the album Erotica (1992), both of which led to a temporary dip in popularity. Later dance club-oriented releases like Grammy-winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2004) sold significantly better, though nothing could match the success of her early years as an apt symbol of the indulgent 1980s. The Material Girl remained unchallenged in the touring arena, however, consistently drawing sell-out crowds to her lavish productions. Her singles and album sales qualified Madonna as the top-selling female artist in America, and even as she entered her fifties, she remained an international music and fashion icon, full of surprises onscreen, on stage, and in the news.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Naqoyqatsi (2002)
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 Swept Away (2002) Amber Leighton
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 Next Best Thing, The (2000) Abbie
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 Girl 6 (1996) Boss No 3
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 Evita (1996) Eva 'Evita' Peron
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 Four Rooms (1995) Elspeth ("Strange Brew")
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 Blue In The Face (1995) Singing Telegram Girl
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
Moved with family to Pontiac, MI at age six following mother's death
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Studied dance in teen years; acted in school plays
1978:
Moved to New York to pursue career in dance
1979:
Appeared in the independent film "A Certain Sacrifice"
1979:
Accepted into Alvin Ailey's third company; abandoned Ailey for lessons with ex-Martha Graham choreographer Pearl Lang
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Met musician Dan Gilroy who taught her to play guitar, keyboards and drums
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Went to Paris and studied with a vocal coach and dance instructor
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Auditioned as singer-dancer with French disco singer Patrick Hernandez
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After returning to New York, performed with several bands including The Breakfast Club and Emmy (her nickname)
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Demonstration tape "Everybody" played at Danceteria by friendly DJ Mark Kamins; Kamins introduced her to Sire Records executive Seymour Stein, who signed her to a recording contract
1983:
Released first album, <i>Madonna</i>
1984:
First hit single, "Holiday"; song reached top 20 (peaked at No. 16)
1984:
First top 10 hit, "Borderline" (peaked at No. 10)
1984:
First No. 1 hit on the pop singles chart, "Like a Virgin"
1985:
Wrote and performed song "Gambler" for feature film "Vision Quest"; also appeared in film as bar band singer
1985:
Feature film acting debut as title character of "Desperately Seeking Susan"
1986:
Made stage acting debut in invitation-only performance of David Rabe's play "Goose and Tom-Tom," co-starring Sean Penn
1987:
First film made through her production company (Siren), "Siesta"; film directed by Mary Lambert, who directed early Madonna videos; Madonna did not appear in film
1988:
Broadway debut in "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet
1990:
Released first greatest hits album <i>The Immaculate Collection</i>
1991:
Subject of Alek Keshishian's documentary feature "Truth or Dare" (behind-the-scenes record of her Blond Ambition concert tour)
1991:
Signed a new recording contract with Time Warner; Madonna was to receive an approximate $25 million advance for each of her next seven records and her royalty was to be raised to 20 percent
1992:
Announced a seven-year agreement with Time Warner for Madonna to form her own multi-media entertainment company, Maverick; the company would be run by Madonna and her long-time manager Freddy DeMann
1992:
Released the book <i>Sex</i>; a volume consisting of erotic photographs and erotic literature by Madonna
1993:
First film released by Maverick (with Miramax), "Farewell My Concubine"
1994:
Was the subject of an unauthorized TV-movie biopic "Madonna: Innocence Lost" (Fox)
1996:
Portrayed the role of Eva Peron in the film musical "Evita"; the soundtrack album contained three of her singles
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Formed MADGUY Productions
1997:
Entered into recording distribution agreement for her Maverick Records label with Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino's newly formed A Band Apart Records
1999:
Co-wrote "Beautiful Stranger" for the soundtrack of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
2000:
Starred opposite Rupert Everett in "The Next Best Thing"
2001:
Debuted controversial music video "What It Feels Like for a Girl"; video directed by husband Guy Ritchie
2001:
Directed by husband Guy Ritchie in "Star," one of five short film advertisements for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com
2001:
Released second greatest hits package <i>GHV2</i>
2002:
Made London stage acting debut in "Up for Grabs"
2002:
Starred in a remake of Lina Wertmuller's "Swept Away"; feature directed by husband Guy Ritchie
2002:
Composed and performed the title song for the James Bond film "Die Another Day"; song was nominated for two Grammy awards
2003:
Executive produced the action feature "Agent Cody Banks"
2003:
Was selected as the GAP spokesperson
2004:
Executive produced "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London"
2004:
Headlined the 14-city "Re-Invention Tour," which featured songs from her entire career
2004:
Voiced Princess Selenia in the animated feature directed by Luc Besson, "Arthur and the Invisibles"
2005:
Released the dance-oriented album <i>Confessions On a Dance Floor</i>; began touring in the U.S. and then internationally in May of 2006; received three Grammy nominations
2006:
First appearance at a music festival, performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA
2007:
Sold Maverick Record label to Warner Music Group 12 years after she founded it
2008:
Made directorial debut with "Filth and Wisdom," a film that revolves around a Ukrainian immigrant who finances his dreams of rock glory by moonlighting as a cross-dressing dominatrix
2008:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (March 10)
2008:
Released the album <i>Hard Candy</i>
2008:
Earned two Grammy nominations for her album <i>Hard Candy</i>, including one for her collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the song "4 Minutes"
2008:
Wrote and produced the documentary "I Am Because We Are," about the orphans in Malawi
2009:
Released her third greatest hits album <i>Celebration</i> with the new songs "Celebration" and "Revolver"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for "Celebration"
2010:
Released her third live album <i>Sticky & Sweet Tour</i>; her first release under Live Nation
2011:
Directed second feature "W.E."; also co-wrote screenplay with Alek Keshishian
2012:
Released 12th studio album, <i>MDNA</i>, featuring the single "Give Me All Your Lovin'." Performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI.
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Education

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -
Adams High School: Rochester , Michigan - 1976

Notes

According to Billboard magazine, Madonna has had more Number 1 singles (11 in all) than any other female artist.

In his 2001 biography "Madonna", Andrew Morton relates that Madonna was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in 1978 in NYC and that she had two abortions.

"I'm a creamy smooth pop icon goddess."---Madonna

"It's better to live one year as a tiger than 100 as a sheep."---Madonna quoted in Spin, January 1996.

"I came to the realization that a strong female is frightening to everybody, because all societies are male-dominated, black societies, poor people, rich people, any racial group, they're all dominated by men. A strong female is going to threaten everybody across the board . . . I know the majority of Americans think I walk around my house, jodhpurs on and a whip. That I eat men for breakfast and send out my limousine driver to pick up bushels of young men and women, and I let everybody else make my business decisions for me. Even really successful, intelligent men are so fucking scared of me, and buy into the hype."---Madonna quoted in Spin, January 1996.

"She will do anything, say anything, wear anything, mock anything, degrade anything to draw attention to herself and make a soiled buck. She is the quintessential symbol of the age: greedy, self-indulgent, sacrilegious, shameless, hollow."---columnist Ray writing in The New York Post, May 3, 1991.

"Kabbalah has made me a better human being. I have a successful marriage. That doesn't mean I don't have my ups and downs, but I have an open and honest relationship, and we work things out. Guy [Ritchie] and I understand that we've embarked on a journey together. There's no way our relationship would work if we didn't both think the same way. I can't just write a silly pop song anymore. I feel the need to share what I've learned. I don't want to be boring and preachy. I still want to have fun. But I know there's a way to inspire and entertain people at the same time. I'm writing children's books that contain spiritual messages. I never would have done that before."---Madonna on how studing Kabbalah has changed her life People Magazine's 30th Anniversary Special April 12, 2004

In June 2004 the "Material Girl," adopted the Hebrew name of Esther, which stems in part from her adherence to the study of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah

"I worry about everything, if I'm exposing my children to the right things, if I said the right thing in an interview . . . I'm a worrywort. I'm really a lot like everybody else."---Madonna quoted in People, December 6, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Dan Gilroy. Musician. Together in the late 1970s and early 80s; formed short-lived garage band Breakfast Club with Madonna.
companion:
Jean-Michel Basquiat. Artist. Had three-month relationship in 1982.
companion:
Jellybean Benitez. Record producer. Met in late 1982; together until 1985.
husband:
Sean Penn. Actor, director. Married on August 16, 1985; divorced in 1989.
companion:
John F Kennedy Jr. Magazine publisher. Had brief relationship in 1987 when she was separated from Penn.
companion:
Sandra Berhard. Actor, comedian. Were friends in 1988; although they appeared publicly on "dates" they never confirmed a relationship with the press, although in his biography, Andrew Morton asserts that Madonna privately acknowledged a sexual relationship with Bernhard.
companion:
Warren Beatty. Actor, director. Together c. 1989-90.
companion:
Tony Ward. Model. Together briefly in 1990.
companion:
Vanilla Ice. Musician. Together for eight months in 1990-91.
companion:
Michael Jackson. Singer. Dated briefly in 1991.
companion:
Jim Albright. Former bodyguard. Born in 1969; had three-year relationship from 1991 until January 1994.
companion:
Ingrid Cesares. Model, restaurateur. Had brief relationship in the early 1990s.
companion:
John Enos III. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Dennis Rodman. Professional basketball player. Played for the Chicago Bulls; together briefly in 1994.
companion:
Carlos Leon. Personal trainer, actor. Born c. 1966; met in September 1994; father of Madonna's daughter Lourdes; separated as of May 1997.
companion:
Andy Byrd. Actor, filmmaker. British; born c. 1970; had brief relationship in 1998; reportedly reconciled late in the year; according to some reports Madonna's song "Beautiful Stranger" was written about Byrd.
husband:
Guy Ritchie. Director. Together from 1999; introduced by Trudie Styler and Sting; married on December 22, 2000 in Scotland.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Sylvio Ciccone. Design engineer for Chrysler/General Motors.
mother:
Madonna Ciccone. Died of breast cancer in late 1963 when Madonna was five; French-Canadian.
step-mother:
Joan Ciccone. Met Sylvio while working as the family's housekeeper after his wife's death.
brother:
Anthony Ciccone. TV production assistant, carpenter. Older.
brother:
Martin Ciccone. Disk jockey, rap singer. Born c. 1957; reportedly has struggled with substance abuse and is estranged from his sister.
sister:
Paula Mae Ciccone. Producer. Younger.
brother:
Christopher Ciccone. Artist, designer. Younger.
sister:
Melanie Henry. Publicist. Younger; married to singer Joe Henry; worked at Opal Records.
half-sister:
Jennifer Ciccone. Younger; mother, Joan Ciccone;.
half-brother:
Mario Ciccone. Born c. 1970; mother, Joan Ciccone; works in promotions at Maverick Records.
daughter:
Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Born on October 14, 1996; father, Carlos Leon.
son:
Rocco John Ritchie. Born prematurely on August 11, 2000; father, Guy Ritchie.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Madonna"
"Like a Virgin, Madonna Revealed" Birch Lane Press
"Madonna Unauthorized" Simon & Schuster
"Madonna: The Book" William Morrow
"Sex" Warner Books
"Madonna: An Intimate Biography" Simon & Schuster
"Madonna" St. Martin's Press
"Goddess: Inside Madonna" Cliff Street/HarperCollins
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