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Born: August 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bay City, Michigan, USA Profession: Music ...
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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.
2014:
Completed short film "secretprojectrevolution"

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