Madonna (info)

Madonna (info)
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics, and the films have usually had tepid, if any, success at the box office. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, she is the daughter of Madonna Louise Fortin and Silvio Ciccone, an engineer designer for car companies. Her father was of Italian descent (from a family from Pacentro) and her mother was of French-Canadian ancestry. She moved to New York in 1978 and studied with renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey, joined up with the Patrick Hernandez Revue, formed a pop/dance band called "Breakfast Club" and began working with then-boyfriend Stephen Bray on recording several disco-oriented songs. New York producer/D.J. Mark Kamins passed her demo tapes to Sire Records in early 1982 and the rest is history. The 1980s was Madonna's boom decade, and she dominated the music charts with a succession of multimillion-selling albums, and her musical and fashion influence on young women was felt around the globe. Madonna first appeared on screen in two low-budget films marketed to an adolescent audience: Un cierto sacrificio (1985) and Loco por ti (1985). However, she scored a minor cult hit with Buscando a Susan desesperadamente (1985) starring alongside spunky Rosanna Arquette. Madonna's next effort with then husband Sean Penn, Shanghai Surprise (1986), was savaged by critics, although the resilient star managed to somewhat improve her standing with her next two films, the off-beat ¿Quién es esa chica?(1987) (although she did receive decidedly mixed reviews, they weren't as negative as those of her previous effort) and the quirky Damon Runyon-inspired Noches de Broadway(1989). The big-budget and star-filled Dick Tracy (1990) had her playing bad girl "Breathless Mahoney" flirting with Warren Beatty, but the epic failed to catch fire at the box office. Taking an earthier role, Madonna was much more entertaining alongside Tom Hanks and Geena Davis in Ellas dan el golpe (1992), a story about female baseball players during W.W.II. However, she again drew the wrath of critics with the whodunit El cuerpo del delito (1993), an obvious (and lame) attempt to cash in on the success of the sexy Sharon Stone thriller Instinto básico (1992). Several other minor screen roles followed, then Madonna starred as Eva Perón in Evita (1996), a fairly well received screen adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical, for which she received a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The Material Girl stayed away from the movie cameras for several years, returning to co-star in the lukewarm romantic comedy Algo casi perfecto (2000), followed by the painful Barridos por la marea (2002) for husband Guy Ritchie. If those films weren't bad enough, she was woefully miscast as a vampish fencing instructor in the James Bond adventure Muere otro día (2002). After finally admitting that her acting days were over, Madonna began a directing career in 2008 with the barely remembered Filth and Wisdom (2008) and a year later she reunited with En la cama con Madonna (1991) director Alek Keshishian to develop a script about the relationship between the Duke of Windsor and the Duchess of Windsor that led to his abdication in 1936: the result, a movie named W.E. (2011), starring James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as the infernal but still royal couple, was released in 2011 to lukewarm critics but it gathered one Oscar nomination for costumes and won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Masterpiece". - IMDb Mini Biography By:


Guy Ritchie (22 December 2000 - 21 November 2008) (divorced) (2 children)
Sean Penn (16 August 1985 - 14 September 1989) (divorced)

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Wore cone-shaped bras during her Express Yourself and Vogue performances (early 1990s)

Has a different look for each of her albums

Gap between her front teeth

(1980s-90s) Jean Harlow-styled short, bleach-blonde hair

Muscular and toned arms

Brother Christopher Ciccone designs restaurant interiors. Renovated a mansion overlooking Hudson River north of New York City in the same West Nyack community that's home to Rosie O'Donnell and director Jonathan Demme.

Her videos "Justify My Love" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" were banned from VH1 & MTV. "Erotica" (1992), though not banned, was only played after midnight on MTV.

Her record company Maverick Records signed a distribution deal with A Band Apart Records, a record company founded by Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender. A Band Apart Records will focus on film soundtracks. [July 1997]

Gave birth to baby daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (aka Lourdes Leon). The father is actor/fitness instructor Carlos Leon. [October 1996]

Studied with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and Pearl Lang's Dance Company in Manhattan.

Unanimously condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs in an October 26, 1993 concert.

Her song, "Vogue", is a tribute to the glamour of classic Hollywood. Celebrities mentioned in the song are Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Bette Davis.

Was supposed to play the lead in Música del corazón (1999) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin.

High school cheerleader.

Her daughter Lourdes was named as a tribute to Madonna's mother, who wanted to visit Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, appeared in 1858, but died before doing so.

Wanted to play the role of Ginger in Casino, de Scorsese (1995), but the role was given to Sharon Stone instead.

Turned down the lead in Los fabulosos Baker Boys (1989).

Turned down the role of Cristal Conners in Showgirls (1995).

Was good friends with Gwyneth Paltrow before she declined her invitation to join her Kabbalah study group in London. A similar thing happened to her friendship with Debi Mazar, who didn't like Madonna's participation in the Kabbalah.

In his 38th annual Worst Dressed List published in January 1998, Mr. Blackwell wrote about her questionable taste in clothing the previous year, "Let's be blunt, yesterday's Evita is today's Velveeta."

Owner of Maverick Records label (1992-2004).

Graduated from Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, in 1976. Won a scholarship to study modern dance and drama for 3 semesters at the University of Michigan. Other alumni of Rochester Adams High School include her brother-in-law Joe Henry, Karen Moncrieff, David Geister.

Resides in Marylebone, London and a country estate in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.

Her infamous 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) had her saying the "f" word 13 times.

Has a reported IQ of 140.

Her birthday is also the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

Bought mansion in the Hollywood Hills originally built for Rudolph Valentino.

Born on Saturday at 7:05 AM EDT.

Named one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991', and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.

On January 25, 1989, Madonna had a $5 million contract with Pepsi to promote their product as well as cross-promote her new album, "Like a Prayer". However, on March 3, when the video for the first single, "Like a Prayer", was released, it caused international controversy, with images of burning crosses, murder, and racism, and Pepsi soon retracted their contract, after March 2, when the 2-minute commercial was only viewed once, during La hora de Bill Cosby (1984). The single later soared to Number 1 on the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. She later thanked Pepsi for creating such controversy.

Appeared in a 1988 stage play with Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna called "Speed-The-Plow".

Did a Japanese commercial for Panasonic in 1987.

Her film Shanghai Surprise (1986) was a box-office disaster, costing $17 million and grossing only $2.

Appeared in a filmed stage play in 1980 called "In Artificial Light", in which she wrote her own part.

Appeared in a stage play in 1986 called "Goose And Tom-Tom" with then-husband Sean Penn.

Her first film, Un cierto sacrificio (1985), was released in 1985, after she became a star, but was actually shot in two parts, the first in 1979, and the other, in 1981.

A September 2000 Rolling Stone article estimated her worth as $650 million. Since then, she has released the album "Music", which sold 12 million copies, has had a 47-date sold-out worldwide tour, completed a movie, and released a greatest hits compilation.

As of 2001, her albums have sold 153 million copies worldwide.

She campaigned for the role of Frida Kahlo, as did Jennifer Lopez, and tried to get a film made for numerous years. She had hoped to actually star with Marlon Brando as Diego Rivera, but due to her lack of box office draw at the time, the film idea went nowhere. After Evita (1996), she and Salma Hayek were both interested in films about the artist. Hayek's film won favor and was greenlit.

Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".

Gwyneth Paltrow was the Maid of Honor at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Her grandparents are Michelina and Gaetano Ciccone.

Her father is Italian, her mother was French-Canadian.

Sister-in-law of Joe Henry who write for "Don't Tell Me" and "Jump" from Madonna's albums "Music"(2003) and "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (2005) respectively.

In October 2000, Madonna won her fight against a cybersquatter using the domain name to operate a pornography website. The UN World Intellectual Property Organization found that site operator Dan Parisi "lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name." Parisi claims that he was in the process of handing over the rights to the domain name to a US hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation, which has the domain name, when the case started.

She started fashion trends in 1984 with her unique look using rosaries and crosses as jewelry and black rubber typewriter bands as bracelets. Legions of adolescent girls mimicked her look and a Madonna clothing store was opened in New York. Again in 2001, another huge fashion trend was set off by the "Material Mom", this time with western wear - cowboy hats and mud-splattered jeans.

In November 2000, she held a live concert at the Brixton Academy in London which was broadcast over the Internet. A record nine million people watched the event, making it the largest live webcast of all time.

Has a personal collection of paintings by Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Her song 'Little star' is dedicated to her daughter, Lourdes (aka Lourdes Leon).

Featured on the sleeve of the album, "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors", by former Marillionsinger, Fish. She is also mentioned in his song, "Big Wedge".

Madonna and Céline Dion share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor named Zacharie Cloutier. Also related to Camilla Parker-Bowles and Ellen DeGeneres.

Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "You Were Right" by Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy.

Attended St. Andrew's Elementary School (now Holy Family Regional).

Attended West Junior High in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the 8th grade.

Her parents were married at Visitation Catholic Church in Bay City, Michigan on July 2, 1955.

Her mother and her two uncles were buried at Calvary Cemetery in Bay City, Michigan.

Purchased a mini mansion for daughter Lourdes in 2003. Produced by Posh Tots, a mini-mansion ranges in price from US$6,500 to US$125,000, and can even be installed with cable TV and running water.

December 2003 - announced she was starting a merchandising line of dolls, apparel, home decor, etc. as a tie-in to her best-selling children's book, "The English Roses".

Ranked #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Her wedding dress for her 2000 wedding to director Guy Ritchie was designed by her friend Stella McCartney.

Received a career award at the 2004 French NRJ Awards (January 2004).

Ranked #6 in Life's 100 Greatest Rockers List (March 2002).

Won Best Solo Dance Artist at the 17th International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. (March 2002)

Voted #3 on the reader-voted Favorite Female List for Rolling Stone Magazine's 2001 Music Awards list, following Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez (January 2002).

"The Immaculate Collection" voted #1 on Blender magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time List. (Januray 2002)

Her 1985 hit "Into The Groove" was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, while "Vogue" placed in the top 10 at #4.

Won Best Chart Act at the 2004 Dancestar USA Awards, in Bayfront Park, Miami. (9th March 2004)

Is good friends with Björk, who also wrote the song 'Bedtime Story' for her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories.

Parodied by Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live (1975).

In 2003, three different action figures were made of her likeness based on her character, Susan, from the movie Buscando a Susan desesperadamente (1985).

She is a fan of Carole Lombard, Betty Grable and Katharine Hepburn.

She has posed nude at least three times in her career: briefly in Un cierto sacrificio(1985), in some nude photos taken before she became famous in the late 1970s which eventually ran in Penthouse magazine and in the 1992 photo and interview book "Sex" which became a worldwide best seller.

Siblings: Martin Ciccone (1957), Anthony Ciccone (1956), Christopher Ciccone (1960), Paula Ciccone (1959), Melanie (1962), Mario (1969) and Jennifer (1968).

April 1985: Her first ever concert tour "The Virgin Tour" opens in Seattle, WA with the Beastie Boys as the supporting act. In June 1985 the tour ends with performances at Radio City Music Show in New York. On 11th January 1986, the show is released on home video as "The Virgin Tour: Live". Directed by Daniel Kleinman, it peaked at #1 on the Billboard home video chart, where it stayed for 49 weeks. The release includes 10 of the 13 songs performed at the show. It unfortunately leaves out "Angel", "Burning Up" and "Borderline".

1986: "Borderline" re-issued as a single in the UK where it peaked at #2 (54 places higher than its original release) and be certified Silver. It also peaked at #21 on Europe charts for two weeks.

24th July 1985: The fourth and final single from "Like A Virgin", "Dress You Up" shimmied to #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100, Australiam Canada and the UK. It stayed on the US chart for 16 weeks and was certified silver in the UK. Other chart activity includes: #6 in Europe and Japan. #18 in France. #20 in Germany. "Dress You Up" was also used as a cartoon music video for DTV (a 'Walt Disney' version of MTV for kids). However, the song became the subject of controversy when the Parents Music Resource Center's Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, called "Dress You Up" "vulgar music" after hearing her daughter Karenna listen to the song (along with "Darling Nikki" by 'Prince (I)'); and soon the PMRC listed "Dress You Up" as #8 on their "Filthy Fifteen" list, for the perceived sexual content in the song's lyrics, leading to the creation of the "Parental Advisory" labels. The single's music video was her first "live" clip, taken from "The Virgin Tour Live" VHS and directed by Daniel Kleinman. The 12" maxi-single featured: "Dress You Up (Album Version)", "Dress You Up (12" Formal Mix)", "Dress You Up (Casual Instrumental Mix)" and "Shoo Bee Doo (Album Version)".

Her song "La Isla Bonita" (1986) was inspired by a visit she made to San Pedro, Ambergris Cay, Belize, with her then-husband Sean Penn

She was voted the 36th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.

A fan of the film Grey Gardens (1975), and La Dolce vita (1960).

Had lived in Pontiac, Michigan before living in Rochester Hills from 6th grade until she moved away to college.

Has a great-aunt named Bambina De Giulio.

Her grandparents are named Elsie Fortin and Willard Fortin (1904-1959).

Once had two pets named Chiquita (chichuahua) and Pepito (bull terrier).

Was born at Bay City Mercy Hospital in Bay City, Michigan.

Her son, Rocco Ritchie, with Ritchie, was born by emergency C-section - 3 weeks early. [11 August 2000]

Re-Invention Tour was the #1 world tour of 2004 grossing over $125 million. 55 of 56 shows were sold-out. (Billboard Boxscore)

Turned down the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman vuelve (1992).

Was Prince's first choice for the role of the Kid's angelic muse Aura in his movie musical Graffiti Bridge (1990). She turned it down, brazenly telling him "the screenplay was awful." When it was finally released in theaters, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb.

Is the only person to "win" the awards for Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple at the Razzie Awards all in the same year. She "won" Worst Supporting Actress in the film Muere otro día (2002). She shared the Worst Screen Couple award with Adriano Giannini in Barridos por la marea (2002). And she tied for Worst Actress in Barridos por la marea (2002) with Britney Spears in Crossroads: hasta el final(2002).

Nude pictures of her taken years earlier, when she was a starving dancer, ran in Penthouse magazine. Due to the success of that issue, she posed nude again in the coffee table book "Sex" which became an instant best seller.

Voted #35 on Playboy's "100 sexiest women" of the 20th Century (Jan 2000).

One of the very few friends she has kept from the old days is her former makeup artist, Debi Mazar, who is now an actress.

Good friends with singer Britney Spears

Is spoofed in Eminem's music video "Just lose it"

Is a big fan of Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.

Is a distant cousin of Gwen Stefani. Gwen's great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the same last name with Madonna.

Favorite Designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Betsy Johnson, Gianni Versace, Stella McCartney, Maripol.

Fell off a horse on her country estate in England, sustaining numerous injuries. [August 16, 2005]

Briefly hospitalized on her 47th birthday after breaking her hand and collar bone, and cracking three ribs after falling off a horse on her country estate.

Along with Pia Zadora, Sylvester Stallone, Pauly Shore and Demi Moore, one of the few people who have "won" back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. She "won" Worst Actress of 1987 for her performance in the film Shanghai Surprise (1986) and, then again, the next year she "won" Worst Actress of 1988 for her performance in the film ¿Quién es esa chica? (1987).

Her role in "Speed The Plow" on Broadway was taken over by Felicity Huffman.

Motherhood has inspired her to write a number of critically-acclaimed children's books: "The Adventures of Abdi", "The English Roses", "Lotsa de Casha", "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and "Yakov and the Seven Thieves". All have become international best-sellers and earned her praise for the morals woven into the stories.

"Hung Up" jumped seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 2005. Consequently the pop icon matches Elvis Presley's tally for top 10 hits - 36, the most for any artist in the rock era.

Won two prizes at the 2006 Echo Awards for "Best Female Artist international" and "Hit of the Year" for "Hung Up" (12 March 2006).

Has two songs with the same title on two different albums: "Forbidden Love" which was included in her "Bedtime Stories" album; and "Forbidden Love" which was a track on her "Confessions on a Dance Floor" album. Although both songs have the same title, they are two totally different tracks.

The first song she ever wrote before she became famous was a song called "Tell the Truth".

Nicknames her daughter Lourdes "Lola".

Introduced the songs that won Oscars for Broadway "rivals" Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Owns a house in Miami

Was first introduced to her husband Guy Ritchie by Sting & Trudie Styler at their Country Estate. Sting was later made godfather of their first born son Rocco Ritchie.

Her father and stepmother, Silvio Ciccone & Joan Ciccone, own and operate the award- winning Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City.

Her personal stylist is Shavawn Marie Gordon (2005).

Former daughter-in-law of Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan

Former sister-in-law of Chris Penn and Michael Penn

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV's 2006 TRL Awards (25 February 2006).

Her version of "American Pie" was played for the first time at a John Galiano fashion show in 1999.

1986: Wrote the song "Each Time You Break My Heart" for Nick Kamen.

Childhood friend of Moira McFarland-Messana from Michigan.

1990: Allowed French TV host Michel Drucker to interview her in her L.A. home in 1990.

Although her "Confessions Tour", which started on 21 May 2006, is expected to become the most successful tour by a female artist in history, it also sparked heavy criticism because she used religious symbols such as the crucifix in one part of the show.

Ranked #1 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Had stated that Deborah Harry from Blondie and Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenderswere her main musical influences.

Appears in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the female singer with the highest annual earnings.

(October 12, 2006) A judge in Malawi has approved an official application filed by Madonna, confirming claims she has adopted a one-year-old boy named David. David was born September 24th 2005. Judge Andrew Nyirenda issued an interim order allowing the singer and husband Guy Ritchie to take custody of David at a high court in Lilongwe.

Estimated in 2006 to have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

Has stated that movie stars such as Carole Lombard, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Judy Holliday, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Rita Hayworth, and Dita Parlo are her idols.

On Oprah (October 25,2006) Madonna stated that the adoption of David is not official until one year from now. A child service worker needs to check if David is fed and taken care of properly. Then after a year, Madonna may or may not be David's adoptive mom.

Andy Warhol was among the guests at her wedding to Sean Penn.

On her 1989 "Like A Prayer" album, she wrote a song about her failed marriage to Sean Penn called "Till Death Do Us Part".

14th January 1984: Performs "Holiday" on "Bandstand" (1952). It is her first national TV performance.

1982: Signs a deal with Sire Records.

14th September 1984: Nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and gives a memorable performance of "Like A Virgin" at the ceremony.

Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]

Distantly related to Mark Wahlberg.

Attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, the same high school attended by Karen Moncrieff, Joe Henry and David Geister.

A fan of the book "Gone with the Wind".

Provided the idea of doing a parody of "Like a Virgin" for Weird Al. "Like a Surgeon" was her original idea. Madonna's friend who worked at Weird Al's record company passed the message.

Godparents of her son Rocco are Trudie Styler and Sting.

Matthew Vaughn was Best Man at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Six music videos that ranked on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos: "Like A Prayer" was #2, "Justify My Love" was #7, "Ray Of Light" was #40, "Material Girl" was #54, "Like A Virgin" was #61, and "Borderline" was #84.

Her 1989 album "Like A Prayer" ranked #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.

Four music videos that made it on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments: "Justify My Love" was #1, "Erotica" was #16, "Take a Bow" was #27, and "Open Your Heart" was #37.

Her mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, was born on 11 July 1933 and died at the age of 30 on 1 December 1963. She was the mother of Anthony Ciccone (1956), Martin Ciccone(1957), Madonna (1958), Paula Ciccone (1959), Christopher Ciccone (1960), Melanie (1962). After his first wife's death, Silvio Ciccone married Joan Gustaffson (now Joan Ciccone (born in 1943), who gave birth to Mario (1968) and Jennifer (1969).

In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $72 million.

Good friends with Mary Lambert, Herb Ritts, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and David Fincher.

Inducted (by Justin Timberlake) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008. Other inductees are John Mellencamp (by Billy Joel), The Dave Clark Five (by Tom Hanks), Leonard Cohen (by Lou Reed) and The Ventures.

Thanked by Alanis Morissette in the liner notes of her album "Jagged Little Pill".

Supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 electoral campaign.

Her 2008 song "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake and Tim Mosley (aka Timbaland) made her the female artist with the most Top 10 singles and the most number 1 hits (13) in the UK.

She and husband Guy Ritchie adopted a boy from Malawi, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie (born September 24th 2005). They filed the adoption papers on October 10, 2006 and the adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008.

Is a fan of Chris Isaak.

After months of speculation, she and Guy Ritchie announced their separation. [October 2008]

Godfather of her son David is Rupert Everett.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's $1.3 million wedding took place at Scotland's Skibo Castle, where the couple booked all 21 rooms of the estate for guests.

The costumes she wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier (including the controversial cone bras).

Intimate telephone conversations between Madonna and Warren Beatty were edited out of her documentary, En la cama con Madonna (1991), when Beatty threatened legal action, as he did not know he was being recorded.

She was one of the first celebrities who paid her tribute to Michael Jackson after his death.

Had a falling out with deejay and former friend Junior Vasquez in 1996, after he released a single titled "If Madonna Calls," which included audio of a message that she left on his answering machine. The single, which was believe to be in retaliation for Madonna not showing up to one of his club events ended their friendship and professional relationship on bad terms. Madonna's blacklisting of Vasquez was confirmed by her longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg, who in a June 2003 news story in New York Magazine said "I can assure you that Madonna will never work with Junior again.".

Her longtime publicist is Liz Rosenberg.

Adopted a girl from Malawi, Chifundo Mercy James (born 2005) (June 12, 2009).

She studied dance with the legendary Martha Graham.

In the music video "Papa Don't Preach" (1986), Madonna's father is played by Danny Aiello.

When the singer attempted to purchase a $1.2m apartment at Manhattan's famous San Remo high-rise on Central Park West, the residents' committee declined the singer's application. The media surmised that Madonna's celebrity pop status would have surely precipitated an endless draw for devoted fans and paparazzi, a predicament the residents were determined to avoid. Ultimately, Madonna moved into a nearby apartment at One West 64th Street, adjacent to the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

James Foley, who directed both Madonna (¿Quién es esa chica? (1987)) and Sean Penn(Hombres frente a frente (1986)), served as best man at the couple's wedding (August 1985).

For her 1992 erotic hardcover book - "Sex" - she was photographed by Steven Meisel.

Was 4 months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes Leon when she completed filming on Evita (1996).

Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her daughter Lourdes Leon in order to begin recording her seventh studio album "Ray of Light".

Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her son Rocco Ritchie in order to begin performing in her fifth concert tour, "Drowned World Tour".

Close friend of Debi Mazar.

Has her look-alike puppet in the French Show Les guignols de l'info (1988).

Had planned to deliver both daughter Lourdes Leon and son Rocco Ritchie naturally but ultimately delivered them via emergency Caesarean sections.

In April 2013, said she was selling "Trois Femmes a la Table Rouge" painting by Fernand Leger, which she bought in 1990 for $3.4 million, hoping it would fetch $5-7 million, so proceeds would benefit girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

Moved back to New York after an eight-year residence in London, England.

Was replaced by Meryl Streep in the film Music of the Heart.

Release of the book, "Madonna: Like An Icon" by Lucy O'Brien.

Touring with her "Sticky & Sweet Tour". Appeared at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA in November 2008. [November 2008]

Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon launched their fashion line, "Material Girl". [August 2010]

Released her new album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" [October 2005]

Release of the book, "Life with My Sister Madonna" by Christopher Ciccone and Wendy Leigh. [July 2008]

Ending her sold out Re-Invention Tour; and launching dolls, tea sets and umbrellas based on her book "The English Roses". [September 2004]

After having shot her new video "Sorry" for the second single from her successful album "Confessions on a dance-floor" she's planning to do a world-wide tour in summer. [January 2006]

Aunt of Levon and Lulu Henry, children of her sister Melanie and Joe Henry.

As she said in her MDNA tour(2012), she is a big fan of Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville.

Agreed to speak at the Turner Prize 2001 (won by Martin Creed's room with the lights going on and off), but on condition that she was introduced as "Mrs Ritchie". She was introduced as Madonna, anyway. She said "It's 'Mrs Ritchie' actually" and finished her comments by saying "And for all those who want to put style over substance I say 'Rock on Mother*******!'" Someone in the audience whooped. Matthew Collins then apologized profusely for this incidence of swearing on live TV. A censor beep was used but not in time.

Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the actor's branch since 1999.

Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Evita (1996). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Demasiado joven para besar (1951), Ethel Merman for Llámeme señora (1953), Jean Simmons for Ellos y ellas (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Las girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Con faldas y a lo loco (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and La reina del Vaudeville (1962), Patty Duke for Yo, Natalia (1969), Twiggy for El novio (1971), Raquel Welch for Los tres mosqueteros (Los diamantes de la reina) (1973), Barbra Streisand for Ha nacido una estrella (1976), Bernadette Peters for Dinero caído del cielo (1981), Kathleen Turner for Tras el corazón verde (1984) and El honor de los Prizzi (1985), Miranda Richardson for Un abril encantado (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for Mentiras arriesgadas (1994), Nicole Kidmanfor Todo por un sueño (1995), Renée Zellweger for Persiguiendo a Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy, un cuento sobre la felicidad (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes(2014).

Her first concert was in April of 1985 in Seattle, Washington. Her first concert in Canada that same year was in Toronto, Ontario.

*Personal Quotes
[in the Los Angeles Times, October 1994] When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.

Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in shit detectors.

[in Interview magazine, June 1993] I think that everyone should get married at least once, so you can see what a silly, outdated institution it is.

[from her book "Sex"] A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want.

[to David Letterman in March 1994] Listen, all you do is talk about my sex life on your show, so now you don't want to talk about my sex life when I'm on your show?!

[in Elle magazine, February 2001] Can I just say that I find it really irritating that everyone beats up on Britney Spears? I want to do nothing but support her and praise her and wish her the best. I mean, she's 18 years old! It's just shocking. I was so gawky and geeky and awkward and unsure of myself.

[in Vanity Fair, April 1991] I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.

I feel just as hungry today as I did the day I left home.

[in Spin magazine, January 1996] Better to live one year as a tiger than hundred as a sheep.

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.

[in Vanity Fair, April 1991] I love meetings with suits. I live for meetings with suits. I love them because I know they had a really boring week and I walk in there with my orange velvet leggings and drop popcorn in my cleavage and then fish it out and eat it I like that. I know I'm entertaining them and I know that they know.

[in Elle magazine, February 2001] I'm like a cockroach. You just can't get rid of me.

[in W Magazine, April 2003] People who have nothing better to do than talk about my hair color have no lives.

[in Parkinson (1971), November 2005] I'm a gay man trapped in a woman's body!

[to Jonathan Ross in October 1992] Not only do we suffer from racism and sexism, but we also suffer from ageism. And that is that once you reach a certain age, you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual and I think that's rather hideous. [...] I mean, is there a rule? Are you just supposed to die when you're 40?

Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind.

[in People magazine, March 1985] I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.

Fame can be very disruptive. It can be like a drug. It gives you the feeling that you're happy, it gives you the feeling of self-importance, it gives you the feeling of fulfillment... but it can distract you from what is really important.

[in Hits Daily Double magazine, August 2000] There is nothing rebellious about today's sounds, and music needs to be rebellious.

[after winning an Award of Honor at the French NRJ Music Awards, January 2004] My ambition may be American, and I may have married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France.

[in En la cama con Madonna (1991)] I wouldn't live in Chicago cause it's too conservative, aside for the fact that Oprah Winfrey lives there.

[in En la cama con Madonna (1991)] I know I'm not the best singer and I know I'm not the best dancer, but I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in pushing people's buttons, in being provocative and in being political.

[in Liz Smith's column, May 2004] I have two beautiful children and a brilliant, gorgeous husband. I have my work and I have my faith. None of that means I've lost my sense of humor or my sense of fun. If that's boring to some people, I can't tell you how much I don't care.

[in W Magazine, April 2003] I think that Kabbalah is very punk rock.

[August 1984] A lot of people thought that I was a black artist before they saw my videos, because a lot of my music is more R&B oriented, and I think that I'm a white artist doing R&B music, getting played on pop stations. And I think that the kind of records I make are really changing people's ideas of splitting up and categorizing artists and I think that's opening ways for black and white artists as well.

[August 1984] Videos might have a limited audience in one sense. But on the other hand, you could be reaching a lot of people that would never be able to come see you live. So I think they're definitely an advantage. Kids today worship the television, so I think it's a great way to reach them. When you perform on stage you're acting. That's a performance. If someone sticks a camera on you, what's the difference?

[September 1984] I would like to ultimately achieve. I already told Dick Clark once on Bandstand (1952). So I repeat it again and annoy everyone who was annoyed before when I said it. I want to conquer the world.

[in Smash Hits magazine, July 1989] Everyone in the family studied a musical instrument. My father was really big on that. Somehow I only took about a year and a half of piano lessons and I convinced my father to let me take dancing lessons instead.

[May 1984] When I first came to New York I was a dancer, and a French record label offered me a recording contract and I had to go to Paris to do it. So I went there and that's how I really got into the music business. But I didn't like what I was doing when I got there, so I left, and I never did a record there.

[December 1985] So then I'm playing drums and we're getting gigs in certain downtown clubs like CBGB and the Mud Club, and Max's Kansas City. And I'm starting to write music for the band, too, like some songs, but they already had two singers in the band, so they would never let me get up and sing a song because what's the point? One day I finally convinced them: "I'll just play guitar and sing one song. Please, please, please". And they finally said, "OK". So then I got up to sing one song and the other guy went back to play the drums. And like I got a standing ovation.

[December 1985] I befriended one DJ in particular and he worked at a club called Danceteria, which was one of my favorite clubs. And we talked a lot about music. I knew a lot about singers, and I knew a lot about different groups and stuff like that. And he said, "How come you know so much about this?" And I said, "I'm really interested in music". And he said, "Well, in what way?" And I said, "I'm a singer". He said, "No kidding?" And I said, "Yeah, and I just happen to have this tape right here". I mean, I was carrying this tape with me everywhere, at every club, waiting for the moment to pop it on somebody. So I said. "Would you play it?". And he said, "Well, I can't play it in the middle of the night. I haven't heard it. What if it's terrible? What if everyone stops dancing?" And I said< "Alright, well, you listen to it, take it home with you tonight, and listen to it. And I'll come back here tomorrow, and if you like it then you play it again". So that was a Friday night, so he went home. On Saturday night I met him again, and I came back before the club opened and he said he really loved it. So he played it. He played two songs. One of them was "Everybody".

[on Spice Girls] I like them. I know I am not supposed to. Every time someone says something bad about them, I say, "Hey, wait a minute, I was a Spice Girl once!"

[in En la cama con Madonna (1991), about her fans] Even when I feel like shit, they still love me!

You have to be patient... I'm not!

[in En la cama con Madonna (1991)] I hate people who hate women. Actually I hate people who hate!

I do think that the birth of my daughter was sort of a rebirth for me. It made me look at life in a completely new way. And that made me appreciate life in a way I don't think I ever had before.

[in Spin magazine, May 1985] When I was growing up, I was religious, in a passionate, adolescent way. Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favorite idol of all.

[on Britney Spears] I feel really protective of her. Don't even ask me why. There's something about her. Even though she's terribly successful, for some reason I think of her as an underdog.

[on her relationship with Britney Spears] I see her as my little sister. She asks me for career advice. For the most part, I try to make her understand this isn't real life and she can't take everything people say seriously. I can understand some of the stuff she's going through. I help her with that.

[in People magazine, April 2003] I don't want people to dress like me anymore. Now I want them to think like me. Dress like Britney Spears and think like me, and everything will be fine.

I've learned from studying Kabbalah that if your happiness is based on people approving of everything you do, you're doomed to fail... Kabbalah helped me stand up and take responsibility for everything to do with me.

I can be arrogant sometimes, but I never mean it intentionally. I can be really snotty to people but that's not anything new really. I always acted like a star long before I was one. If people don't see my sense of humor then I come off as being expensive, but I always endear myself to people when I find their weaknesses and they acknowledge it. It's the people who try to hide everything and try to make you think they're so cool that I can't stand.

[about her famous appearance in 1994 on Late Show with David Letterman (1993)] That was a time in my life when I was extremely angry. The press was constantly beating up on me, and I felt like I was a victim. So I lashed out at people and Letterman was one of them. I am not particularly proud of it.

[in Rolling Stone magazine, December 2005, on George W. Bush's reelection in 2004 and the federal government's reaction in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005] I was just frigging devastated. It was a real sad day. I don't get how people can have all these facts and still turn away from them. [...] 9/11 was too ambiguous, you couldn't prove how the government was somehow in on the deal. There were too many arguments against it. You could say, "Oh, that's just Michael Moore," "Oh, that's just hearsay." New Orleans was undeniable irresponsibility.

If you take everything I do at face value, you're going to be horrified. Or intimidated. Or insulted. Or bored.

[during an interview on E! Television, May 2006] It is a struggle to balance my career with my children. I'm always going, 'Oh God, I'm a crap mother'. I want to get home and put my kids to bed. And then sometimes, if I'm spending a lot of time with my children, I think, 'Oh God, I just want to be an artist'.

[during an interview on E! Television, May 2006, about her daughter Lourdes Leon] Sometimes she doesn't want me to come to certain things because she knows everyone is going to pay attention to me and then they'll treat her differently. I took her to school on the first day last year, and all these kids were buzzing around. She came home that day and she was really irritated and kind of bummed out, like people were playing this contest - what would it be like to be Madonna's daughter?

[open letter about the adoption of her son David, October 2006] My husband and I began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi. I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter. After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand out family. Nevertheless, we have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate. The procedure includes an l8 month evaluation period after which time we hope to make this adoption permanent. This was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly. I am overwhelmed and inspired by my trip to Malawi and hope that it helps bring attention to how much more the world needs to do to help the children of Africa. My heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes I have received and I hope the press will allow my family some room for us to experience the joy we feel to have David home.

[in Ladies Home Journal magazine, July 2005] My kids don't watch TV - we have TV's, but they're not hooked up to anything but movies. [...] TV is trash. I was raised without it. I didn't miss anything. TV is poison. No one even talks about it around here. It's like a moot point. We don't have magazines or newspapers in the house, either.

[in Ladies Home Journal magazine, July 2005] My daughter has a problem picking up in her room, so if you leave your clothes on the floor, they're going to be gone when you come home. So we've gone through periods of almost emptying her room - we take all of her clothes and put them in a trash bag, and they get stuck somewhere, and she has to earn all of her clothes back, by being tidy, picking up her room, making her bed in the morning, hanging up her clothes, stuff like that.

[in Rock Video magazine, February 1985] When I came to New York, it was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, it was the first time I'd ever gotten in a taxi cab, it was the first time for everything. And I came here not knowing anyone with thirty-five dollars in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I've ever done.

One of the hardest thing I've faced in my life was the death of my mother, and that's something I really haven't got over to this day.

[Sirius Satellite Radio interview, February 2007] I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon - but I want to stay alive!

[in The Sun, July 2009] I am so terribly sad about Michael Jackson's death. I don't know what artist wasn't inspired by him. To be able to do what he did at such an early age was unearthly, everybody grew up in awe of him. To work with him and become friends and hang out with him was exciting for me. I used to love picking his brains about musical stuff.

[in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, October 2009] Younger people are generally more adventurous - they're more open, more fun - have you met many guys my age? Guys my age are married or divorced or grumpy, fat and balding.

[on the making of Ellas dan el golpe (1992)] I cannot suffer any more than I have in the past month learning how to play baseball with a bunch of girls (yuk) in Chicago (double yuk). I have a tan, I am dirty all day and I hardly ever wear make-up. Penny Marshall is Lavern -- Geena Davis is a Barbie doll and when God decided where the beautiful men were going to live in the world, he did not choose Chicago. I have made a few friends but they are athletes, not actresses. I hate actresses, they have nothing on the house of extravaganza.

[on Edward, Duke of Windsor] I couldn't get my mind off the fact that a man gave up the throne for a woman. From my perspective, men since the beginning of time have fought to get on the throne. Men are power-seeking animals, so why would this man run away from power?

[in Rolling Stone magazine, February 1989] Being blonde is definitely a different state of mind. I can't really put my finger on it, but the artifice of being blonde has some incredible sort of sexual connotation. Men really respond to it. I love blonde hair but it really does something different to you. I feel more grounded when I have dark hair, and I feel more ethereal when I have light hair. It's unexplainable. I also feel more Italian when my hair is dark.

[during her MDNA Tour concert in Washington DC, September 2012] Y'all better vote for fucking Obama, O.K.? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House! Now that's some amazing shit. It means there's hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights so support the man goddammit.

[dressed in a Boy Scout uniform at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards] I wanted to be a Boy Scout but they wouldn't let me join. I think that's fucked up. I can build a fire. I know how go pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees. Listen, I want to do good for the community.

[in Interview magazine, December 2014] I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room.

[in Interview magazine, December 2014] We're in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and to be inspired or moved. So you don't want people to see the labor behind it. Also I was trained that, as a dancer, no matter how much you're suffering, your face is relaxed. You have to create that illusion.

[in Interview magazine, December 2014] I live vicariously through Michael Corleone [from El padrino (1972)]. I would like to deal with life the way he does. When he's telling what's-his-name that he's going to go on a little fishing trip. My God. Brilliant. Or the scene where Marlon Brando is talking to his dead wife in the casket in El último tango en París (1972).

[in Interview magazine, December 2014] I remember having conversations with Keith Haring and with Jean Michel Basquiat about the importance of your art being accessible to people. That was their big thing - it should be available to everyone.

[in Interview magazine, December 2014] Sleeping is the most difficult part of what I do, relaxing afterwards. Letting things go.

[in Rolling Stone magazine, March 2015] Women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start.

[in US Weekly magazine, March 2015] I don't really watch TV. I only like two shows - True Detective (2014) and an Irish series called La caza (2013) - and I'm not embarrassed about them. Many people say, "The Fall" with Jamie Dornan,' but I say, "The Fall" with Gillian Anderson.' She's so good.

[in Rolling Stone magazine, March 2015] The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs. It's got nothing to do with "she's taking my crown" or "she's in some space of mine." She has her thing. I do think she's a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody's obviously run with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly.

[in the New York Daily News, March 2015, about the criticism she faced when she showed her ass at the Grammy Awards] Bitch, this is what my ass looks like - show me what your ass looks like when you're 56! [...] I take care of myself. I'm in good shape. I can show my ass when I'm 56, or 66 - or 76. Who's to say when I can show my ass? It's sexism. It's ageism. And it's a kind of discrimination.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) $80.000
A Certain Sacrifice (1985) $100
Shanghai Surprise (1986) $1.000.000
Dick Tracy (1990) $35.000
Body of Evidence (1993) $2.500.000 (plus percentage of gross and wardrobe)
Evita (1996) $1.000.000