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Full NameMadonna
Net Worth$800 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 16, 1958
Age61 years 0 months
Place Of BirthBay City, Michigan, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
Weight100 lbs (45.3 kg)
ProfessionFilm Producer, Actress, Dancer, Film director, Entertainer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Screenwriter, Record producer
EducationSt Peter's Senior Secondary School, Kadayiruppu, Christ University, Bangalore
SpouseGuy Ritchie (m. 2000–2008), Sean Penn (m. 1985–1989)
ChildrenLourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie, Mercy James
ParentsSilvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone, Madonna Louise Fortin
SiblingsChristopher Ciccone, Paula Ciccone, Anthony Ciccone, Melanie Ciccone, Martin Ciccone, Mario Ciccone, Jennifer Ciccone
NicknamesMadonna Louise Ciccone , Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie , Madonna Ciccone Ritchie , Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone , Nonnie , Maddy , Mo , The Material Girl , Madge , Esther
FacebookMadonna Facebook
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AwardsGrammy Awards, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, MTV Video Music Awards, Video Vanguard Award (1986), Billboard Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, BMI Pop Awards, Bravo Otto Awards, Brit Awards
Record LabelsSire Records, Warner Bros. Records
AlbumsTrue Blue (1986), Madonna (1983), Like a Virgin (1984), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Hard Candy (2008), MDNA (2012), Rebel Heart (2015)
Music GroupsBreakfast Club
NominationsBest-selling female recording artist of all time (by Guinness World Records), Best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century, Second highest-certified female artist in the United States (by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
MoviesRay of Light (1998), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), Evita (1996), The Next Best Thing (2000), Swept Away (2002), Die Another Day (2002)
TV Shows"Hollywood" (2003), "Saturday Night Live", "30 Days Until I'm Famous" (2004), "Alyx" (2008), "Madonna: Truth or Dare" (1991, doc.)

Quotes of Madonna

1[following the death of George Michael] Another great artist leaves us. Can 2016 fuck off now?
2[in Details magazine, December 1994] It's common to have abortions. Many people have them and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
3[on the death of Prince] He changed the world!! A true visionary. What a loss. I'm devastated.
4I found him so inspiring and innovative. Unique and provocative. A real genius. His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end. His photographs are hanging all over my house today. He was so chic and beautiful and elegant. So ahead of his time. Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot. The world will miss you.
5[on the death of David Bowie] I'm devastated! This great artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! R.I.P.
6[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.
7[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.
8[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 The Fall (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.
9[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.
10[in Interview magazine, December 2014] Sleeping is the most difficult part of what I do, relaxing afterwards. Letting things go.
11[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.
12[in Interview magazine, December 2014] I live vicariously through Michael Corleone [from The Godfather (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 Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972).
13[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.
14[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.
15[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.
16[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.
17[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.
18[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?
19[on the making of A League of Their Own (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.
20[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.
21[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.
22[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!
23One 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.
24[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.
25[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.
26[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.
27[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.
28[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?
29[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'.
30If you take everything I do at face value, you're going to be horrified. Or intimidated. Or insulted. Or bored.
31[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.
32[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.
33I 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.
34I'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.
35[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.
36[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.
37[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.
38[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.
39I 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.
40[in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)] I hate people who hate women. Actually I hate people who hate!
41You have to be patient... I'm not!
42[in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), about her fans] Even when I feel like shit, they still love me!
43[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!"
44[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
45[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.
46[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.
47[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.
48[on MTV, September 1984] What I would like to ultimately achieve, I already told Dick Clark once on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952). So I'll repeat it again, and annoy everyone who was annoyed before when I said it: I want to conquer the world.
49[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?
50[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.
51[in W Magazine, April 2003] I think that Kabbalah is very punk rock.
52[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.
53[in Madonna: Truth or Dare (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.
54[in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)] I wouldn't live in Chicago cause it's too conservative, aside for the fact that Oprah Winfrey lives there.
55[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.
56[in Hits Daily Double magazine, August 2000] There is nothing rebellious about today's sounds, and music needs to be rebellious.
57Fame 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.
58[in People magazine, March 1985] I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
59Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind.
60[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?
61[in Parkinson (1971), November 2005] I'm a gay man trapped in a woman's body!
62[in W Magazine, April 2003] People who have nothing better to do than talk about my hair color have no lives.
63[in Elle magazine, February 2001] I'm like a cockroach. You just can't get rid of me.
64[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.
65I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.
66[in Spin magazine, January 1996] Better to live one year as a tiger than hundred as a sheep.
67I feel just as hungry today as I did the day I left home.
68[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.
69[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.
70[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?!
71[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.
72[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.
73Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in shit detectors.
74[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.

Quick Facts of Madonna

2$2,500,000 (plus percentage of gross and wardrobe)
7Has her breasts insured for $2 million, one million each breast.
8Tina Modotti is one of her idols.
9Her favorite flowers are white roses.
10Acknowledged having had "several" abortions during an on-camera interview with Stina Dabrowski. [1994]
11September 1983: Her debut album "Madonna" climbed to #8 (for three weeks) on the US Billboard Top 200, spending a whopping 168 weeks on the chart. Madonna wrote five of the eight tracks on the album which has now sold over five million copies in the US alone. US Billboard Chart figures include: 5 weeks in the Top 10, 36 weeks in Top 40, 99 weeks in Top 100 & 168 weeks in Top 200. 5 million units shipped in the US, 3.3 million shipped internationally, totaling 8.3 million all up. Produced by Reggie Lucas, the album collected some of her early 12" dance club hits including: "Everybody", "Burning Up/ Physical Attraction", along with the soon to be smashes "Holiday", "Borderline" and "Lucky Star". Originally peaking at #44 in Germany, it would later be re-issued as "Madonna: The First Album" and peak at #28. Certified 5xPlatinum in the US, 3xPlatinum in the UK & Australia, 1xPlatinum in France, and Gold in Germany Other chart activity includes: #6 in the UK. #8 in France. #10 in Australia. #19 in Canada.
12November 1984 saw the release of "Like A Virgin", Madonna's second studio album, and the set that would make her a household name. Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the opus churned out four US top five singles: the title track (#1 for six weeks), "Material Girl" (#2), "Angel" (#5) and "Dress You Up" (#5). The album remains her biggest selling studio set in the US with over 10 million units sold (certified 10xPlatinum). "Like A Virgin" spent three weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart at #1 (her first #1 album) and lingered on the tally for over two years. The album stayed in the Billboard Top 10 for 33 weeks, Top 40 for 52 weeks, Top 100 for 70 weeks and 200 for 108 weeks (More than 2 years). The song "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" would be released as a single 12 years later in 1996. Other chart activity includes: #1 in the UK for 6 weeks (where it was certified 6xPlatinum), #1 in Germany for a week (certified Platinum), #2 in Australia (certified 7xPlatinum), #2 in France (certified 2xPlatinum) & #3 in Canada for 5 weeks (certified 10xPlatinum).
136th October 1982: The very first commercially available single, "Everybody", was one of the tunes that got her signed to Sire Records. Written by Madonna, it was included on her four-track demo tape and eventually found its way to her 1983 debut album. The 12" vinyl single was released in the fall of 1982 to clubs where it garnered critical acclaim, and upon its debut on Billboard's Dance/Disco Top 80 chart, the magazine's "Dance Trax" columnist Brian Chin reviewed the single. He wrote: "Madonna, a young New York duo (??) produced by DJ Mark Kamins, has released a commercial 12-inch on Sire, called "Everybody"; previewed favorably on clubs and radio, the spare, bright cut has a relaxing quality at home listening levels, but somehow sounds much harder- edged in the club". The video that accompanied the single was a low-budget affair, and featured Madonna performing the track with dancers Christopher Ciccone (her brother) and Erika Belle. "Everybody" would reach No. 3 on the chart, beginning Madonna's unparalleled domination of Billboard's dance charts for the next 20 years. The single unfortunately failed to chart on the US Billboard Top 100 Chart, Canada, Europe, the UK, Germany, France & Japan. The single was not released in Australia. Her first single out of the gate, the 12" vinyl included the 12" Version and Dub Version.
14February 1985: Recorded for the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack in 1983, "Crazy For You" reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Australia (for 3 weeks), #1 in Japan (for 4 weeks) and #2 in the UK. In February 1986, Madonna earned her first Grammy nomination when she scored a nod for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for "Crazy For You" at The 28th Annual Grammy Awards (1986). Other chart activity includes: #2 in the UK. #4 in Canada. #6 in Europe for 6 weeks. #36 in Germany. #47 in France. Staying on the US Billboard Chart for 21 weeks, it was certified Gold in both the US and UK. In 1991, "Crazy For You" was re-released in the UK and again hit #2. The video for the single consisted of footage from the Harold Becker film starring Matthew Modine. The 7" single featured: "Crazy For You" - Madonna and "No More Words" - Berlin (both from the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack).
15July 1984: Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the first single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Like A Virgin" remains one of Madonna's most popular and enduring singles. It spent six weeks at #1 in the U.S. (her second longest run at the top) and also hit #1 in Japan (for 4 weeks), Canada (for 3 weeks), Europe (for 5 weeks) and Australia (for 5 weeks). Mary Lambert directed the 'Madonna goes to Venice' music video, which featured Madonna performing through the canals in blue spandex tights and teased hair. The video featured panting lions, Madonna slinking around in a wedding dress and a hot guy in a tuxedo with a lion mask. On 13th September 1985, the clip earned three 1985 MTV Video Music Award nominations: Best Choreography, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. On 14th September 1984, Madonna would also give a memorable performance of the song at MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards (1984). The single would stay in the US Billboard charts for 19 weeks. Other chart placings include #3 in the UK, #4 in Germany and #8 in France. It would be certified Gold in the US & UK, and Silver in Germany. This was her first #1 single. The 12" single featured: "Like A Virgin (Extended Dance Remix)" and "Stay (Album Version)".
161985: Second single from the Vision Quest (1985) soundtrack, "Gambler" hit #4 in the UK, where it would be certified Silver. While "Gambler" was never released as a single in the US and Canada, it still became popular in America thanks to the video being played constantly on MTV. The video for the single consisted of footage from the Harold Becker film starring Matthew Modine. Other chart activity includes: #8 in Europe, #10 in Australia, #12 in Japan, #25 in Germany, #35 in France. The 7" single featured: "Gambler" - Madonna and "Nature Of The Beach" - Black 'n Blue (both from the Vision Quest soundtrack).
179th March 1983: Second single from the album "Madonna", the double-sided 12" single "Burning Up / Physcial Attraction" was the follow-up to "Everybody" and quickly ascended the Disco chart. The rather rockin' A-side climbed and peaked at #3, matching its predecessor's success. Steve Baron directed the music video for "Burning Up", who at the time was best known for lensing the video for Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". The clip was never widely seen, as "Burning Up" failed to catch on outside of dance clubs. This was Madonna's debut single in Australia, peaking at #13 on the Australian AMR chart. The single failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, Europe, Germany, France & Japan. The single was not released in the UK. The single featured "Burning Up (12" Version)" and "Physical Attraction (Album Version)".
18February 1984: Fourth single from album "Madonna", "Borderline" was Madonna's first US Top Ten single (peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100), where it spent an incredible 30 weeks on the Hot 100 - a feat matched by only one other single: "Take A Bow" in 1994. The songs video was the first of many collaborations with Mary Lambert, and it earned Madonna a 1984 MTV Video Music Award nomination for 'Best New Artist in a Video'. This was also Madonna's first Gold single in the US. Other chart activity includes: #12 in Australia. #22 in Canada. #26 in Japan. #56 in Europe. The single featured: "Borderline (Single Edit)" and "Think Of Me (Album Version)".
19August 1984: Fifth single from album "Madonna", "Lucky Star" was her first US Top Five hit (peaking at #4), and the first in a string of 17 consecutive US top fives. It spent four months (16 weeks) on the Hot 100 before it was pushed aside by her next single, "Like A Virgin". The video, directed by Arthur Pierson, was a stark performance piece, again bringing together her brother Christopher Ciccone and Erika Belle as backup dancers. The clip was filled with black rubber jelly bracelets, lace and a certain gyrating belly button. The single was initially released in the UK in 1983, instead of "Burning Up/Physical Attraction", where it did not chart. Reissued in the UK in 1984, it would peak at #14. Other chart activity includes: #2 in Japan (for 2 weeks). #16 in Canada. #29 in Europe. #36 in Australia. The single did not chart in France or Germany. The single included: "Lucky Star (Single Edit)" and "I Know It (Album Version)".
20April 1985: Third single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Angel/Into The Groove" is a rather curious single in Madonna's chart history. While "Into The Groove" is easily of her most enduring 1980s era singles, it never charted on the US Hot 100. Since it was never released as a 7" single and its only commercial release in America came as the b-side to the 12" single of "Angel", it didn't qualify to enter Billboard's pop chart. Curiously, it did hit #19 on the Hot Black Singles chart. "Angel/Into The Groove" was released as a double A-side single in the US (where it spent 17 weeks, peaked at #4 and was certified Gold), Canada (where it hit #19) & #1 in Australia for 4 weeks. In other territories the singles were released separately. "Angel" peaked at #5 in the UK (where it was certified Silver), #3 in Japan, #13 in Europe, #31 in Germany and didn't chart in France. "Into The Groove" became Madonna's first #1 hit in the UK, and still holds the record for her longest running chart topper there (a month - four weeks, tied with "Vogue"), where it was Certified Gold), #1 in Japan for 3 weeks and #1 in Europe for a week. The music video for "Into The Groove" was made up entirely of scenes from the film Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). The video in the US was firmly rooted on heavy rotation. Other chart activity includes #2 in France & #3 in Germany (where it was certified Silver). In later years "Into The Groove", still one of Madonna's most loved dance songs was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs. The US 12" vinyl featured: "Angel (Extended Dance Mix)" and "Into The Groove". The "Into The Groove" 7" release featured: "Into The Groove" and "Shoo Bee Doo".
21January 1985: Second single from the album "Like A Virgin", "Material Girl" released. While certainly intended as a send-up of mid-80s commercialism and greed, the single was (of course) misinterpreted and gave Madonna her most well-worn nickname. The bass-heavy affair was produced by Nile Rodgers and quickly flew up the charts around the world, hitting #2 in the US Billboard Top 100 Chart and top five status internationally. At one point during "Material Girl"'s US chart run, it was joined by "Crazy For You" in the US top five, a rarity in the chart world. The songs music video was almost as notorious as the song itself. 'Mary Lambert' directed the clip - inspired heavily by Marilyn Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - that would prove inescapable on MTV in the spring of 1985. On 13th September 1985, the video garnered Madonna her first Best Female Video nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards 1985 (1985). The single stayed on the US charts for 17 weeks. It also hit #1 in Japan for 2 weeks and peaked at #3 in the UK for 2 weeks. Other chart placings include: #4 in Australia. #5 in Canada & Europe. #13 in Germany. #47 in France. The 12" single featured: "Material Girl (Extended Dance Mix)" and "Pretender (Album Version)".
22July 1983: Third single from the album "Madonna", "Holiday" bursts onto pop radio. In October 1983, the single finally became Madonna's first Billboard Hot 100 Hit in the US, climbing to #16. It stayed on the chart for 12 weeks. The single also stayed at #13 on the European charts for 2 weeks. Certified Silver in the UK & France. Other chart activity includes: #4 in Australia. #6 in the UK. #9 in Germany. #10 in Japan. #24 in France. #34 in Canada. Peaking at #16, it is her first charting single in the US. The track solidified her roots in dance clubs - it was her first #1 single on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart. The single featured "Holiday (Single Edit)" and "I Know It (Album Version)".
23Notable people she has dated include Wyn Cooper, Dan Gilroy, Norris Burroughs, Mark Kamins, Stephen Bray, Jean Michel Basquiat, Jellybean Benítez, John Kennedy Jr., Jeffrey Hornaday, Warren Beatty, Tony Ward, Vanilla Ice, John Enos, Tupac Shakur, Jenny Shimizu, Dennis Rodman, Johnny Zander, Alex Rodríguez, Jesus Luz, Brahim Zaibat and Timor Steffens.
24When director Penny Marshall cast Madonna in A League of Their Own (1992), leading lady Debra Winger angrily told her, "You're making an Elvis movie." Marshall didn't know what that meant, which frustrated Winger even more, since she dropped out of the film and Geena Davis got her role. Madonna was no fan of Winger either, since she told Carrie Fisher that one of her nicknames was Kit Moresby, until she saw Winger play Kit in The Sheltering Sky (1990). She told Fisher, "I didn't want to be Kit Moresby anymore, because it was so disappointing. I didn't want people to think that I was Debra Winger." What's ironic is that both their ex-husbands Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn worked together twice in Taps (1981) and The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) and became friends.
25Lost custody of her son Rocco Ritchie to ex-husband Guy Ritchie in March 2016. Over the Christmas holidays in 2015, Rocco decided to live with his dad in London instead of returning to his mother, who lives in New York. This decision ensued in a custody battle over whether Rocco needs to be forced to return to live with his mother against his will or whether he could stay and live with his father. It was ruled in March 2016 that Rocco can live with his father, while he can visit his mother during holidays in the US.
26Hates television, believing it's "trash" and bans her children from watching it.
27Her first concert was in April of 1985 in Seattle, Washington. Her first concert in Canada that same year was in Toronto, Ontario.
28Is 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 Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
29Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the actor's branch since 1999.
30Agreed 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.
31As she said in her MDNA Tour (2012), she is a big fan of Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville.
32Aunt of Levon and Lulu Henry, children of her sister Melanie and Joe Henry.
33After 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]
34Ending her sold out Re-Invention Tour; and launching dolls, tea sets and umbrellas based on her book "The English Roses". [September 2004]
35Release of the book, "Life with My Sister Madonna" by Christopher Ciccone and Wendy Leigh. [July 2008]
36Released her new album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" [October 2005]
37Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon launched their fashion line, "Material Girl". [August 2010]
38Touring with her "Sticky & Sweet Tour". Appeared at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA in November 2008. [November 2008]
39Release of the book, "Madonna: Like An Icon" by Lucy O'Brien. [2007]
40Moved back to NYC following eight-year residence in London, England. [2009]
41In 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.
42Had planned to deliver both daughter Lourdes Leon and son Rocco Ritchie naturally but ultimately delivered them via emergency Caesarean sections.
43Has her look-alike puppet in the French Show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
44Her friendship with Sandra Bernhard ended in 1992.
45Returned 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".
46Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her daughter Lourdes Leon in order to begin recording her seventh studio album "Ray of Light".
47Was 4 months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes Leon when she completed filming on Evita (1996).
48For her 1992 erotic hardcover book - "Sex" - she was photographed by Steven Meisel.
49James Foley, who directed both Madonna (Who's That Girl (1987)) and Sean Penn (At Close Range (1986)), served as best man at the couple's wedding (August 1985).
50When 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. [1985]
51In the music video "Papa Don't Preach" (1986), Madonna's father is played by Danny Aiello.
52She studied dance with the legendary Martha Graham.
53Adopted a girl from Malawi, Chifundo Mercy James (born 2005) (June 12, 2009).
54Her longtime publicist is Liz Rosenberg.
55Had 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.".
56She was one of the first singers to pay tribute to fellow music superstars Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and George Michael after their deaths.
57Bugged her phone calls with Warren Beatty for inclusion in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), but she had to edit them out of the final cut when Warren asked her to.
58The costumes she wore during her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier (including the controversial cone bras).
59Madonna 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.
60Godfather of her son David is Rupert Everett.
61After months of speculation, she and Guy Ritchie announced their separation. [October 2008]
62Is a fan of Chris Isaak.
63She 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.
64Her 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.
65Supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 electoral campaign.
66Thanked by Alanis Morissette in the liner notes of her album "Jagged Little Pill".
67Inducted (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.
68Good friends with Mary Lambert, Herb Ritts, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and David Fincher.
69In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $72 million.
70Her mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, was born on 11 July 1932 and died at the age of 31 on 1 December 1963. She was the mother of Anthony Ciccone (1956), Martin Ciccone (1957), Madonna (1958), Paula Ciccone (1959), Christopher Ciccone (1960) and Melanie (1962). After his first wife's death, Silvio Ciccone married Joan Gustaffson (now Joan Ciccone (born in 1943), who gave birth to Jennifer (1968) and Mario (1969).
71Four 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.
72Her 1989 album "Like A Prayer" ranked #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.
73Six 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.
74Matthew Vaughn was Best Man at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.
75Godparents of her son Rocco are Trudie Styler and Sting.
76Provided 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.
77A fan of the book "Gone with the Wind".
78Attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, the same high school attended by Karen Moncrieff, Joe Henry and David Geister.
79Distantly related to Mark Wahlberg.
80Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]
81Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
8214th September 1984: Nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and gives a memorable performance of "Like A Virgin" at the ceremony.
831982: Signs a deal with Sire Records.
8414th January 1984: Performs "Holiday" on "Bandstand" (1952). It is her first national TV performance.
85On her 1989 "Like A Prayer" album, she wrote a song about her failed marriage to Sean Penn called "Till Death Do Us Part".
86Andy Warhol was among the guests at her wedding to Sean Penn.
87On The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) (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.
88Has 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.
89Estimated in 2006 to have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
90(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.
91Appears in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the female singer with the highest annual earnings.
92Had stated that Debbie Harry from Blondie and Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders were her main musical influences.
93Ranked #1 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
94Although 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.
951990: Allowed French TV host Michel Drucker to interview her in her L.A. home.
96Childhood friend of Moira McFarland-Messana from Michigan.
971986: Wrote the song "Each Time You Break My Heart" for Nick Kamen.
98Her version of "American Pie" was played for the first time at a John Galiano fashion show in 1999.
99Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV's 2006 TRL Awards (25 February 2006).
100Former sister-in-law of Chris Penn and Michael Penn
101Former daughter-in-law of Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan
102Her personal stylist is Shavawn Marie Gordon (2005).
103Her 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.
104Was 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.
105Owns a house in Miami
106Introduced the songs that won Oscars for Broadway "rivals" Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
107Nicknames her daughter Lourdes "Lola".
108The first song she ever wrote before she became famous was a song called "Tell the Truth".
109Has 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.
110Won two prizes at the 2006 Echo Awards for "Best Female Artist international" and "Hit of the Year" for "Hung Up" (12 March 2006).
111"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.
112Motherhood 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.
113Her role in "Speed The Plow" on Broadway was taken over by Felicity Huffman.
114Along 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 Who's That Girl (1987).
115Briefly 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.
116Fell off a horse on her country estate in England, sustaining numerous injuries. [August 16, 2005]
117Favorite Designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Betsey Johnson, Gianni Versace, Stella McCartney, Maripol.
118Is a distant cousin of Gwen Stefani. Gwen's great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the same last name with Madonna.
119Is a big fan of Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.
120Good friends with singer Britney Spears
121One of the very few friends she has kept from the old days is her former makeup artist, Debi Mazar, who is now an actress.
122Voted #35 on Playboy's "100 sexiest women" of the 20th Century (Jan 2000).
123Nude 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.
124Is 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 Die Another Day (2002). She shared the Worst Screen Couple award with Adriano Giannini in Swept Away (2002). And she tied for Worst Actress in Swept Away (2002) with Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002).
125Was 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 that the screenplay was "a piece of shit". When it was finally released in theaters, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb.
126Turned down the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
127Re-Invention Tour was the #1 world tour of 2004 grossing over $125 million. 55 of 56 shows were sold-out. (Billboard Boxscore)
128Her son, Rocco Ritchie, with Ritchie, was born by emergency C-section - 3 weeks early. [11 August 2000]
129Was born at Bay City Mercy Hospital in Bay City, Michigan.
130Once had two pets named Chiquita (chichuahua) and Pepito (bull terrier).
131Her maternal grandparents are Elsie Fortin (1911-2011) and Willard Fortin (1904-1959).
132Has a great-aunt named Bambina De Giulio.
133Had lived in Pontiac, Michigan before living in Rochester Hills from 6th grade until she moved away to college.
134A fan of the films Grey Gardens (1975) and La Dolce Vita (1960).
135She was voted the 36th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
136Her song "La Isla Bonita" (1986) was inspired by a visit she made to San Pedro, Ambergris Cay, Belize, with her then-husband Sean Penn
13724th 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)".
1381986: "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.
139April 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".
140Siblings: Anthony Ciccone (b. 1956), Martin Ciccone (b. 1957), Paula Ciccone (b. 1959), Christopher Ciccone (b. 1960) and Melanie Ciccone (b. 1962).
141She has posed nude at least three times in her career: briefly in A Certain Sacrifice (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.
142She is a fan of Carole Lombard, Betty Grable and Katharine Hepburn.
143In 2003, three different action figures were made of her likeness based on her character, Susan, from the movie Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).
144Parodied by Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live (1975).
145Is good friends with Björk, who also wrote the song 'Bedtime Story' for her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories.
146Won Best Chart Act at the 2004 Dancestar USA Awards, in Bayfront Park, Miami. (9th March 2004)
147Her 1985 hit "Into The Groove" was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, while "Vogue" placed in the top 10 at #4.
148"The Immaculate Collection" voted #1 on Blender magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time List. (Januray 2002)
149Voted #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).
150Won Best Solo Dance Artist at the 17th International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. (March 2002)
151Ranked #6 in Life's 100 Greatest Rockers List (March 2002).
152Received a career award at the 2004 French NRJ Awards (January 2004).
153Her wedding dress for her 2000 wedding to director Guy Ritchie was designed by her friend Stella McCartney.
154Ranked #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
155Announced in December 2003 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".
156Purchased 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.
157Her mother and her two uncles were buried at Calvary Cemetery in Bay City, Michigan.
158Her parents were married at Visitation Catholic Church in Bay City, Michigan on July 2, 1955.
159Attended West Junior High in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the 8th grade.
160Attended St. Andrew's Elementary School (now Holy Family Regional).
161Madonna 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.
162She is referenced in the work of several other music artists. She is mentioned in the songs "Big Wedge" by former Marillion singer Fish and "You Were Right" by Badly Drawn Boy (both UK Top 40 singles), as well as spoofed in Eminem's music video for "Just Lose It".
163Her song "Little Star" from her "Ray of Light" album (1998) is dedicated to her daughter Lourdes Leon.
164Has a personal collection of paintings by Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
165In 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.
166She 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.
167In 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.
168Sister-in-law of singer-songwriter Joe Henry, with whom she co-wrote the songs "Don't Tell Me" (from "Music", 2000), "Jump" (from "Confessions on a Dance Floor", 2005), "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" (from "Hard Candy", 2008) and "Falling Free" (from "MDNA", 2012). They also recorded a duet, "Guilty by Association", for the charity album "Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation" released in 1996.
169Her father is Italian, her mother was French-Canadian.
170Her paternal grandparents are Michelina and Gaetano Ciccone.
171Gwyneth Paltrow was the Maid of Honor at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.
172Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
173She 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.
174As of 2015, her records have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.
175A Forbes Magazine article from May 2015 estimated her net worth as $520 million.
176Her first film, A Certain Sacrifice (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.
177Appeared in a stage play in 1986 called "Goose And Tom-Tom" with then-husband Sean Penn.
178Appeared in a filmed stage play in 1980 called "In Artificial Light", in which she wrote her own part.
179Her film Shanghai Surprise (1986) was a box-office disaster, costing $17 million and grossing only $2.3 million.
180Did a Japanese commercial for Mitsubishi in 1987.
181Appeared in a 1988 stage play with Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna called "Speed-The-Plow".
182On 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 The Cosby Show (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.
183Named one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991', and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
184Born on Saturday at 7:05 AM EDT.
185Bought mansion in the Hollywood Hills originally built for Rudolph Valentino. [February 1989]
186Her birthday is also the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
187Has a reported IQ of 140.
188Her infamous 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) had her saying the "f" word 13 times.
189Resides in Marylebone, London and a country estate in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.
190Graduated from Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, class of 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.
191Owner of Maverick Records label (1992-2004).
192In 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."
193Turned down the role of Cristal Conners in Showgirls (1995).
194Turned down the lead in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) because she thought the plot was "too mushy".
195Wanted to play the role of Ginger in Casino (1995), but the role was given to Sharon Stone instead.
196Her 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.
197High school cheerleader.
198Was supposed to play the lead in Music of the Heart (1999) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin because of "genuine mutual creative differences" with director Wes Craven. She was replaced by Meryl Streep who went on to earn an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of violin teacher Roberta Guaspari.
199Her 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.
200Unanimously condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs in an October 26, 1993 concert.
201Studied with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and Pearl Lang's Dance Company in Manhattan. [1978]
202Gave birth to baby daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (aka Lourdes Leon). The father is Madonna's fitness trainer, Carlos Leon. [October 1996]
203Her 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]
204Her 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.
205Brother 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.

Trademarks of Madonna

1Courting controversy
2Muscular and toned arms
3(1980s-early 90s) Jean Harlow-styled short, bleach-blonde hair
4Gap between her front teeth
5Has a different look for each of her albums
6Wore cone-shaped bras during her Express Yourself and Vogue performances

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