Madonna Louise Ciccone (madonna)


Actor, Singer
Madonna Louise Ciccone (madonna)

About

Also Known As
Madonna Ciccone, Madonna Louise Ciccone, Madonna Ritchie
Birth Place
Bay City, Michigan, USA
Born
August 16, 1958

Biography

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, G...

Family & Companions

Dan Gilroy
Companion
Musician. Together in the late 1970s and early 80s; formed short-lived garage band Breakfast Club with Madonna.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Companion
Artist. Had three-month relationship in 1982.
Jellybean Benitez
Companion
Record producer. Met in late 1982; together until 1985.
Sean Penn
Husband
Actor, director. Married on August 16, 1985; divorced in 1989.

Bibliography

"Madonna: An Intimate Biography"
J Randy Taraborelli, Simon & Schuster (2001)
"Madonna"
Andrew Morton, St. Martin's Press (2001)
"Goddess: Inside Madonna"
Barbara Victor, Cliff Street/HarperCollins (2001)
"Sex"
Madonna, Warner Books (1992)

Biography

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.

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born and raised in suburban Detroit, MI (though some sources say Bay City, MI) on Aug. 16, 1958. In a house that would eventually include eight children, eldest Madonna was forced to grow up quickly after the death of her mother from breast cancer made her the de facto caretaker. By the time she reached adolescence, Madonna had settled into a role as an outsider - an arts-oriented teen who listened to classical music, had her own unusual personal style, and sought refuge from unkind high school peers by spending as much time as possible at a local dance studio. Her talent landed her at the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, but after only a year, she decided she was ready to pursue a career onstage in New York City. In 1977, with only $35 in savings, Madonna moved to Manhattan where she worked minimum wage service jobs while at the same time, going to dance auditions. She did some modeling, starred in a racy student film, and worked with modern dance troupes before landing a gig touring as a dancer with French pop singer Patrick Hernandez in 1979. While in Paris, she was offered a record deal by a French record label. She extended her stay to study dance and take vocal lessons, but ultimately she decided to return to New York to pursue music.

With her career sights now firmly set, Madonna - who then favored dark, choppy hair but had already developed her signature mix-and-match thrift store look - formed the band Breakfast Club, followed by Emmy, the latter of which she fronted and played guitar. A four-song demo tape found a very receptive audience on the dance club scene, and word of the popular downtown dance tracks eventually spread uptown to Sire Records, who signed the promising and unusually confident new artist to a singles deal. A more synth-pop-oriented version of the Madonna-penned Emmy song "Everybody" was released on Sire in 1982 and became a popular club hit that made it onto Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. Confident that Madonna's strong showing would translate to album sales, Sire signed her to a record deal; the following year, the released her self-titled debut. The album quickly secured an audience beyond the dance floor, thanks to the rise of the music video, which enabled pop music fans across the country to appreciate Madonna's style and independent, electrifying persona. The album went on to sell a staggering eight million copies and helped launch just as many Madonna look-alikes. Right at the apex of Michael Jackson and Duran Duran mania, a female cultural phenomenon was unleashed, giving the male pop idols a run for their money.

Her follow-up album Like a Virgin (1984) sold twice as many LPs as its predecessor, establishing Madonna as an influential and inescapable pop culture icon. The album's controversial take on sexuality and religious imagery was met with backlash from the Catholic community, among others, but the outcry only made her more appealing to the adolescent audiences who now wore crucifixes ironically and showed as much underwear as outerwear in homage to their new idol. In 1985, Madonna's three-year relationship with boyfriend Jellybean Benitez, a producer who had worked hard to make her first recordings successful, came to an end. He would hardly be the last in a long line of men who served a purpose to the upwardly mobile "Material Girl." However, when Madonna met fellow renegade-at-heart, Sean Penn, many thought she had met her match as well. The pair was married that same summer amidst much media hoopla after Madonna completed her first sell-out U.S. tour. Naturally, Hollywood hoped that Madonna's enormous music fan base would translate to movie ticket sales, so the ever-eager star began segueing onto the big screen, first, with a cameo appearance as a nightclub singer in the film "Vision Quest" (1985), which spawned her no. 1 single "Crazy for You." A month later, Madonna cemented her rubber bracelet style by co-starring in her own wardrobe alongside Rosanna Arquette in the quirky "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), where director Susan Seidelman tapped her funky downtown New York persona to play a free-spirited bohemian whose lifestyle is emulated by a bored suburban housewife in a farcical tale of mistaken identity.

The film earned Madonna acclaim as a unique new screen presence, and her wisecracking talent was likened to tough and witty broads from 1940s cinema. In an attempt to capitalize on that strength, Madonna co-starred opposite husband Penn in the 1930s-set adventure comedy "Shanghai Surprise" (1986), which was a notorious box office and critical flop that compromised Madonna's ability to ever be taken seriously as an actress. She rebounded with the album True Blue (1986) which outsold her prior efforts and launched four No. 1 singles including "Papa Don't Preach" and "La Isla Bonita." A final failed attempt at stylish screwball comedy with "Who's That Girl?" (1987) bombed, but an international tour of the same name in the summer of 1987 was considered the highest grossing musical tour to date. Despite this unparalleled success, all was not well on the Madonna/Penn homefront. Amidst ugly rumors of physical and verbal abuse, the couple, who was - outside of the Prince and Princess of Wales - the most photographed in the world, began showing signs of strain. After one too many run-ins with the paparazzi, Penn bowed out. Madonna's media hungry nature and whirlwind success story was partly to blame for the dissolution of her marriage, but Penn's almost obsessive need for privacy equally doomed the combative couple.

Back in acting mode, Madonna received an "A" for effort for her Broadway debut in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" (1988), before going on to appear in a small role in the episodic period film, "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (1989). The critically acclaimed album Like a Prayer (1989) raised more conservative ire over its use of religious iconography, but birthed the chart-topping title cut, as well as singles "Cherish" and "Express Yourself." The title song and video received its share of controversy for its overtly religious and racial overtones, with a revealingly dressed Madonna kissing an African-American man posing as Jesus, discovering stigmata on her hands, and dancing in front of burning crucifixes. The video was deemed so offensive toward organized religion, that Pepsi, who was sponsoring Madonna's upcoming tour and had shot a commercial set to the song before seeing the video, decided the risk was too great after boycott threats, canceling their sponsorship and putting their Madonna commercial on ice. The Blonde Ambition tour shouldered on, covering most of the following year; a time when the defiant entertainer fully permeated pop culture. In addition to the top-selling CD and tour, she landed a co-starring role in the big-budget comic book adaptation "Dick Tracy" (1990). Madonna's high-voltage glamour was utilized to good effect as Breathless Mahoney, and the film shoot begat a not-so-surprising (and short-lived) romantic relationship between her and co-star, Warren Beatty. In 1991, Madonna was the subject of Alek Keshishian's documentary "Truth or Dare," a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Blonde Ambition tour and a riveting, self-important and fascinating look at superstardom. In another tough-gal comic role as a 1940s professional baseball player in Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own" (1992), Madonna earned her best notices since "Susan," sparring memorably with her soon-to-be close off-screen friend, Rosie O'Donnell.

Sales of 22 million copies of the 1992 compilation album, The Immaculate Collection proved that after nearly a decade in the spotlight, Madonna was still the reigning queen of pop music. However, a shift in direction was about to compromise that firm footing. Her first outing as the founder of music, film, and publishing venture Maverick was the unintentional self-parody Sex (1992), an X-rated book of writings and photos of herself and "friends" in erotic S&M scenarios. Naturally the book release was accompanied by a highly orchestrated publicity blitz that led to a sold-out first edition wrapped in protective foil; on the flip side came the inevitable book banning debates, conservative protests, and accusations that the envelope pusher had finally pushed too far. Some critics perceived the book as a rather sterile, calculated attempt at creating buzz to coincide with the release of the album, Erotica and the launch of her Girlie Show tour, for which Madonna had adopted a dominatrix persona for both. Her gratuitous attempts at shocking the world this time fell flat, resulting in Erotica selling the least of any of her studio albums to that date. She further milked her current sex/nudity obsession in the big screen failure "Body of Evidence" (1993), a rip-off of "Basic Instinct" (1991) which included scenes of simulated sex acts between the actress and co-star Willem Dafoe. The unsuccessful "Sex" stint spelled the end of Madonna's three-year relationship with former bodyguard Jim Albright, and in an ill-fated pairing between two outrageously shameless self-promoters, she rebounded with NBA star Dennis Rodman before entering a long-term relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon in 1994. Nestled throughout were also a number of rumored lesbian affairs with the equally profane comedienne Sandra Bernhard as well as with Miami club impresario, Ingrid Caseras.

In an attempt to soften her image, Madonna collaborated with talents including Babyface, releasing the more radio friendly R&B offering Bedtime Stories (1994). The album was met with a definite resurgence in album sales, though nothing that compared with her staggering numbers from the prior decade. She forewent an international tour and opted to make a series of lower-profile, independent film appearances, playing a telegram girl in Wayne Wang's "Blue in the Face" (1995), portraying a witch in Allison Anders' segment of the critically lambasted "Four Rooms" (1995), and briefly appearing as a phone sex veteran in Spike Lee's "Girl 6" (1996). The 38-year-old international superstar gave birth to a daughter, Lourdes, in the fall of 1996 to much hoopla. At the end of the year, she returned to movie theaters in what many felt was a role she was born to play, Argentine First Lady Eva Peron in Alan Parker's musical biopic, "Evita" (1996). The bit of brilliant casting resulted in a Golden Globe win for Best Actress and a boost in her recording career with a No. 2 charting soundtrack. The new mom spent some uncharacteristic time away from the spotlight raising her daughter, as well as a few eyebrows over her newfound devotion to the Jewish mystical movement, Kabbalah. When she resurfaced with the critically acclaimed album Ray of Light in 1998, her earthy, romantic, more natural look signaled a change in attitude and direction. Ray of Light won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Album, sold 14 million copies, and revived the pop goddess' flagging career with its electronica vibe and its spiritually influenced lyrics.

At age 40, the rebel from Detroit appeared to have settled into a quieter maturity that required less self-righteousness and grandstanding, though pontifications on her personal journey had now taken their place. She had also met a new man after things dwindled with Leon: British director du jour, Guy Ritchie, who was introduced to the pop singer by friends Sting and Trudie Styler. The kinder, gentler Madonna returned to film in the dramedy "The Next Best Thing" (2000), where she played opposite real-life friend Rupert Everett as a woman who conceives a son with her gay best friend. The heavy-handed addressing of gay rights issues and clunky acting spelled box office failure, but she bounced back with the well-received album Music (2000), which centered on techno beats and a European dance influence. In contrast, Madonna herself sported a cowboy hat and blinged-out Western wear, oddly keeping with current trends rather than setting them. Madonna became a mom again, this time to son Rocco, in the summer of 2000. She and Ritchie wed in December, settling down in London, where the once restless singer served tea, rode horses at the family cottage and affected her own twist on a British accent. She returned to the international stage in 2001 with The Drowned World tour, her first since 1993's The Girlie Show. She also revealed a startlingly wiry figure, courtesy of intense yoga and Pilates, in the sold-out tour which grossed $750,000.

In 2002, Madonna made another attempt to earn a solid acting reputation with "Swept Away," playing the role of a rich, spoiled wife who meets her match in a brash fisherman. The romantic comedy remake was outside both her reach as an actress and her director husband's usual comfort zone of slightly comical crime capers. Second only to the nepotistic infamy of "Shanghai Surprise" years earlier, "Swept Away" was a colossal dud, earning back only half a million on its $10 million budget. Her image was better utilized with a cameo appearance in the James Bond film "Die Another Day" (2002), for which she also wrote and performed the unfortunate title song. Even well into her forties, Madonna found herself at the center of controversy again with the release of 2003's American Life, which many radio stations refused to play, due to the album's anti-war message which was deemed unpatriotic at the time. Her political and societal critique did not appear to interest fans, but though the album was the least-selling of her career to date, a supporting North American and European tour brought in nearly a million fans eager to experience Madonna's notorious stage productions. The same year, Madonna performed guest vocals on the top-selling dance single of the year, Britney Spears' "Me Against the Music," which was an interesting juxtaposition of the 45-year-old former queen of pop with the new generation of female singers who could deliver solid album sales in the crucial teen market. Madonna raised the ire of many who had tired of her almost desperate button-pushing when she open-mouth kissed both Spears and her fellow Mouseketeer-turned-singer Christina Aguilera on the MTV Video Music Awards later that fall.

Despite Madonna's insistence that, due in part to motherhood and her devotion to Kabbalah, she "can't just write a silly pop song anymore, I have to share what I've learned," she turned around to produce the purely beat-driven dance club offering, Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), which sold a respectable eight million copies internationally, earning a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance album. Disproving theories of her growing irrelevance, Madonna supported the out-and-out disco extravaganza with the highest grossing tour by a female artist to date. But even the year of the endless dance remix was not without controversy when, while doing charitable work with an orphanage in Malawi, Madonna adopted a boy, David Banda, from the stricken country, only to discover that he was not actually an orphan but had been placed in the facilities' care temporarily. It was determined that the adoption did not violate any laws and the boy's father consented to giving his son a chance at a better life. Now a celebrated mother of three, Madonna announced that she was leaving her longtime record label Warner Bros., whose Sire imprint had released her very first singles; instead signing a 10-year deal with Live Nation, which was no doubt curious what their flagship artist would be unleashing upon the world at the age of 59.

Her final recording for Warner Bros., Hard Candy, was released in the spring of 2008 and its first single "4 Minutes," an ambitious blend of dance pop and R&B, went straight to No. 1 on the charts. Meanwhile, she celebrated her 50th birthday by hitting the road again, showcasing a return to a harder edged, sexed-up look. In true Madonna fashion, the album and tour coincided with the highly publicized breakup of her almost decade-long marriage to Guy Ritchie following months of tabloid speculation that she was seeing New York Yankee third baseman, Alex Rodriguez. During the split, Madonna moved back to New York City, where she unveiled her first feature as writer and producer "I Am Because We Are" (2008), a documentary about orphaned children in the African country of Malawi who lost parents or siblings to HIV/AIDS. That same year, she made her feature directing debut with the comedic drama "Filth and Wisdom" (2008), which met with lukewarm reviews and was released to cable after a limited theatrical run. Unfortunately, any work released at the time of her split was lost in the shadows of Madonna vs. Guy tabloid headlines - a favorite of gossip rags on both sides of the Atlantic.

Back to performing live in 2008-09, Madonna embarked on the Sticky & Sweet Tour which grossed over $408 million, surpassing the record she set with her own Confessions Tour. In 2010, she released her third live album, Stick & Sweet Tour, and allowed the musical series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ) access to her entire catalogue, resulting in the well-received episode "The Power of Madonna." After releasing the Material Girl clothing line, which she designed with daughter Lourdes, she partnered with 24 Hour Fitness CEO Mark Mastrov to open a series of Hardy Candy Fitness gyms in Rome, Sydney, Mexico City and other major cities across the world. Turning back to filmmaking, Madonna wrote, produced and directed her second feature, "W.E." (2011), a romantic drama depicting the relationship between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). Following a premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, "W.E." was greeted to scathing reviews and a poor showing at the box office, though her single "Masterpiece" won Madonna the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Going back to what she did best, Madonna had a memorable performance at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, where a record 114 million saw her perform with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green.

Of course, Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl - which generated a small degree of controversy when M.I.A. gave 114 million viewers the finger - coincided with the release of her 12th studio album, MDNA (2012), a dance-inspired album, the title of which was both a play on her name and a not-so-veiled reference to MDMA, the drug commonly referred to as ecstasy. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 359,000 copies its first week. But most of the first week purchases were tied to ticket sales for her concerts, leading to the second largest sales drop ever when the album sold an underwhelming 48,000 the following week. Nonetheless, the album eventually went gold while she sold out stadiums across the world. In December 2012, Madonna announced building 10 schools in Malawi through her Raising Malawi organization, which was scheduled to educate over 4,800 boys and girls. She returned to Malawi for the first time in two years in April 2011, bringing her two adopted Malawian children, David and Mercy, as well as her then-boyfriend, dancer Brahim Zaibat. The release of a short film, "secretprojectrevolution" (2013), introduced the Art for Freedom global initiative, a partnership between Madonna and the media company Vice to promote the distribution of dissident art and music worldwide via the file-sharing network BitTorrent. Madonna's 13th album Rebel Heart (2015) was preceded by the gospel-influenced single "Living For Love," a collaboration with EDM producer Diplo.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

I Am Because We Are (2008)
The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Die Another Day (2002)
Actor (Uncredited)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)
Herself
Swept Away (2002)
The Next Best Thing (2000)
Girl 6 (1996)
Evita (1996)
Eva 'Evita' Peron
Blue in the Face (1995)
Four Rooms (1995)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Dangerous Game (1993)
A League of Their Own (1992)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Herself
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)
Who's That Girl? (1987)
Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Vision Quest (1985)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
A Certain Sacrifice (1985)

Writer (Feature Film)

I Am Because We Are (2008)
Screenplay
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

I Am Because We Are (2008)
Producer
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Executive Producer
Agent Cody Banks: Destination London (2004)
Executive Producer
Thirty Days Until I'm Famous (2004)
Executive Producer
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Isn't It Romantic (2019)
Song
Uncut Gems (2019)
Song
Uncut Gems (2019)
Song Performer
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Song Performer
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Song
Burlesque (2010)
Song Performer
Burlesque (2010)
Song
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Song
The Wrestler (2008)
Song
Get Smart (2008)
Song Performer
The Wrestler (2008)
Song Performer
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Song Performer
Get Smart (2008)
Song
Ice Princess (2005)
Song
Ice Princess (2005)
Song Performer
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Song Performer
Crossroads (2002)
Song Performer
Crossroads (2002)
Song
Die Another Day (2002)
Song Performer
The Next Best Thing (2000)
Song Performer
The Next Best Thing (2000)
Song
Snatch (2000)
Song
Snatch (2000)
Song Performer
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Song
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Song Performer
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Song Performer
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Song
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Song
The Real Blonde (1997)
Song
Gummo (1997)
Song Performer
Gummo (1997)
Song
The Real Blonde (1997)
Song Performer
With Honors (1994)
Song
With Honors (1994)
Song Performer
A League of Their Own (1992)
Song
A League of Their Own (1992)
Song Performer
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Song
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Song Performer
Dick Tracy (1990)
Song Performer
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)
Song Performer
Running on Empty (1988)
Song Performer
Running on Empty (1988)
Song
Who's That Girl? (1987)
Song
Who's That Girl? (1987)
Song Performer
At Close Range (1986)
Song Performer
At Close Range (1986)
Song
Vision Quest (1985)
Song
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Song Performer
Vision Quest (1985)
Song Performer
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Song

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Die Another Day (2002)
Other
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Other

Cast (Special)

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards (2004)
Presenter
Madonna Speaks (2003)
Snoop to the Extreme (2003)
MTV Bash (2003)
Madonna: On Stage & On the Record (2003)
2nd Annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America (2003)
Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour (2001)
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards (2001)
Performer
The 100 Greatest Dance Songs (2000)
Madonna's Music (2000)
The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards (2000)
Performer
1999 Grammy Awards (1999)
Performer
Paris Fashion Collections (1999)
Madonna (1999)
The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards (1999)
Presenter
The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards (1999)
Presenter
Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Narrator
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998)
Presenter
The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards (1998)
Performer
Madonna Rising (1998)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Presenter
The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards (1998)
Performer
GQ Men of the Year Awards (1998)
Presenter
The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards (1998)
Performer
Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1998)
Presenter
Tony Bennett: An All-Star Tribute -- Live By Request (1998)
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Performer
The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards (1997)
Performer
Happy Birthday Elizabeth -- A Celebration of Life (1997)
Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth (1996)
The 1996 Billboard Music Awards (1996)
Performer
The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 1995 BRIT Awards (1995)
Performer
1995 American Music Awards (1995)
Performer
Madonna: Exposed (1993)
Madonna (1993)
The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards (1993)
Performer
Madonna -- Live Down Under: "The Girlie Show" (1993)
HBO's 20th Anniversary -- We Hardly Believe It Ourselves (1992)
Rock the Vote (1992)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Performer
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special (1991)
Everybody Dance Now (1991)
Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year (1991)
Madonna -- Live! Blond Ambition World Tour (1990)
Sex in the '90s (1990)
The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards (1990)
Performer
The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards (1989)
Performer
The American Music Awards (1986)
Performer
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration (1985)

Producer (Special)

Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour (2001)
Executive Producer
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special (1991)
Segment Producer

Music (Special)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards (2003)
Song Performer
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards (2001)
Song Performer
The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards (2000)
Song Performer
1999 Grammy Awards (1999)
Song Performer
The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards (1998)
Song Performer
The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards (1998)
Song Performer
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Song Performer
1995 American Music Awards (1995)
Song Performer
The 1995 BRIT Awards (1995)
Song Performer
1995 American Music Awards (1995)
Song
Fox on Ice (1994)
Song Performer
Madonna -- Live Down Under: "The Girlie Show" (1993)
Song Performer
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Song Performer
Madonna -- Live! Blond Ambition World Tour (1990)
Song Performer
Remembering Marilyn (1988)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Madonna -- Live! Blond Ambition World Tour (1990)
Other

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Disney's DTV Valentine (1986)
Song Performer

Life Events

1979

Accepted into Alvin Ailey's third company; abandoned Ailey for lessons with ex-Martha Graham choreographer Pearl Lang

1979

Met musician Dan Gilroy who taught her to play guitar, keyboards and drums

1979

Appeared in the independent film "A Certain Sacrifice"

1983

Released first album, <i>Madonna</i>

1984

First hit single, "Holiday"; song reached top 20 (peaked at No. 16)

1984

First No. 1 hit on the pop singles chart, "Like a Virgin"

1984

First top 10 hit, "Borderline" (peaked at No. 10)

1985

Wrote and performed song "Gambler" for feature film "Vision Quest"; also appeared in film as bar band singer

1985

Featured 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

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

1991

Subject of Alek Keshishian's documentary feature "Truth or Dare" (behind-the-scenes record of her Blond Ambition concert tour)

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

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

Composed and performed the title song for the James Bond film "Die Another Day"; song was nominated for two Grammy awards

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

2003

Executive produced the action feature "Agent Cody Banks"

2003

Was selected as the GAP spokesperson

2004

Headlined the 14-city "Re-Invention Tour," which featured songs from her entire career

2004

Executive produced "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London"

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

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

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (March 10)

2008

Wrote and produced the documentary "I Am Because We Are," about the orphans in Malawi

2008

Released the album <i>Hard Candy</i>

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"

2015

Released her 13th album, <i>Rebel Heart</i>

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Family

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

Companions

Dan Gilroy
Companion
Musician. Together in the late 1970s and early 80s; formed short-lived garage band Breakfast Club with Madonna.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Companion
Artist. Had three-month relationship in 1982.
Jellybean Benitez
Companion
Record producer. Met in late 1982; together until 1985.
Sean Penn
Husband
Actor, director. Married on August 16, 1985; divorced in 1989.
John F Kennedy Jr
Companion
Magazine publisher. Had brief relationship in 1987 when she was separated from Penn.
Sandra Berhard
Companion
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.
Warren Beatty
Companion
Actor, director. Together c. 1989-90.
Tony Ward
Companion
Model. Together briefly in 1990.
Vanilla Ice
Companion
Musician. Together for eight months in 1990-91.
Michael Jackson
Companion
Singer. Dated briefly in 1991.
Jim Albright
Companion
Former bodyguard. Born in 1969; had three-year relationship from 1991 until January 1994.
Ingrid Cesares
Companion
Model, restaurateur. Had brief relationship in the early 1990s.
John Enos III
Companion
Actor. No longer together.
Dennis Rodman
Companion
Professional basketball player. Played for the Chicago Bulls; together briefly in 1994.
Carlos Leon
Companion
Personal trainer, actor. Born c. 1966; met in September 1994; father of Madonna's daughter Lourdes; separated as of May 1997.
Andy Byrd
Companion
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.
Guy Ritchie
Husband
Director. Together from 1999; introduced by Trudie Styler and Sting; married on December 22, 2000 in Scotland.

Bibliography

"Madonna: An Intimate Biography"
J Randy Taraborelli, Simon & Schuster (2001)
"Madonna"
Andrew Morton, St. Martin's Press (2001)
"Goddess: Inside Madonna"
Barbara Victor, Cliff Street/HarperCollins (2001)
"Sex"
Madonna, Warner Books (1992)
"Like a Virgin, Madonna Revealed"
Douglas Thompson, Birch Lane Press (1991)
"Madonna Unauthorized"
Christopher Anderson, Simon & Schuster (1991)
"Madonna: The Book"
Norman King, William Morrow (1991)
"Madonna"
Mark Bego (1985)