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      Born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone at 7:05 AM MST, 16 August, in Bay City, Michigan, USA


      Marries actor Sean Penn


      Divorces Penn


      Releases candid musical documentary Truth or Dare


      Appears in the movie Body of Evidence, a movie so bad it instantly becomes a candidate for one of the worst movies of all time


      Gives birth to baby daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Father is Carlos Leon, Madonna's fitness trainer


      Marries film director Guy Ritchie. Gives birth to a baby boy, Rocco John Ritchie. Her personal fortune is estimated as $650 million


      To date, her album sales break the 150 million mark worldwide


      The Immaculate Collection album is voted #1 on Blender magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time List


      Publishes her first children's book, The English Roses, in September


    discography - albums (us)

    1. Music (2000) Maverick
    2. Ray of Light (1998) Maverick
    3. Selections From Evita (1997) Warner
    4. Bedtime Stories (1994) Maverick
    5. Erotica (1992) Maverick
    6. Dick Tracy: "I'm Breathless" (1990) Sire
    7. Like a Prayer (1989) Sire
    8. Who's That Girl (1987) Sire
    9. True Blue (1986) Sire
    10. Like a Virgin (1984) Sire
    11. Madonna (1983) Sire

    discography - cd singles (us)

    1. Die Another Day (2002) Warner
    2. What It Feels Like for a Girl (2001) Warner
    3. What It Feels Like for a Girl Pt. 1 (2001) Wea
    4. What It Feels Like for a Girl Pt. 2 (2001) Wea
    5. Don't Tell Me (2001) Warner
    6. American Pie (2000) Maverick
    7. Don't Tell Me, Pt. 1 (2000) Wea
    8. Music, Pt. 2 (2000) Wea
    9. Don't Tell Me, Pt. 2 (2000) Wea
    10. Don't Tell Me, Pt. 3 (2000) Wea
    11. Music (2000) Wea
    12. American Pie: Victor Calderone Remixes (2000) Sire
    13. Oh My (1999) Import
    14. Wow (1999) Digi Shape
    15. Drowned World Remixes [EP] (1999) Wea
    16. Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Pt. 1 (1999) Wea
    17. Beautiful Stranger (1999) Maverick
    18. Nothing Really Matters (1999) Warner
    19. Power of Goodbye (1998) Warner
    20. CD3 Single Collection Box Set (1998) Wea
    21. Rain [EP] (1998) Wea
    22. Drowned World, Pt. 1 (1998) Maverick
    23. Drowned World, Pt. 2 (1998) Maverick
    24. Ray of Light (1998) Warner
    25. Frozen [2 Tracks] (1998) Maverick
    26. Frozen [4 Tracks] (1998) Maverick
    27. Don't Cry for Me Argentina (1997) Warner
    28. You Must Love Me [Single Track] (1996) Warner
    29. One More Chance (1996) Warner Bros.
    30. You Must Love Me (1996) Warner
    31. Love Don't Live Here Anymore (1996) Warner
    32. You'll See [Single #2] (1996) Warner
    33. Human Nature [#2] [EP] (1995) Maverick
    34. Bedtime Story [#1] [EP] (1995) Maverick
    35. You'll See [Single #1] (1995) Maverick
    36. Human Nature [#1] (1995) Warner
    37. Bedtime Story [#2] (1995) Warner
    38. Holiday Collection (1994) Sire
    39. Secret [#2] (1994) Warner
    40. I'll Remember [ #2] (1994) Warner
    41. Secret [#3] (1994) Maverick/Sire
    42. Fever [EP] (1994) Maverick
    43. Take a Bow (1994) Maverick
    44. Secret [EP] (1994) Maverick
    45. Secret [#1] (1994) Sire
    46. I'll Remember [#1] (1994) Warner
    47. Bad Girl (1993) Warner
    48. Rain, Pt. 1 (1993) Warner
    49. Rain, Pt. 2 (1993) Warner
    50. Vogue (1993) Warner
    51. Erotica Remixes EP [EP] (1992) Maverick
    52. This Used to Be My Playground (1992) Warner
    53. Deeper & Deeper (1992) Warner
    54. Rescue Me (1991) Warner
    55. Vogue (1990) Sire
    56. Keep It Together (1990) Sire
    57. Hanky Panky (1990) Warner
    58. Justify My Love (1990) Warner
    59. White Heat (1990) Sire



      Owns Maverick Records label



M a d o n n a



    Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone),
    b. Detroit, Michigan, 1958

      "I know I'm not the greatest singer or dancer, but that doesn't interest me, I'm interested in being provocative and pushing people's buttons."
                                                      - Madonna

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    One of the most popular teenage idols of the eighties, Madonna's mix of self-assertion and coquetry won her a following of millions of young women (the 'wanna-bes') and caused heated debate among their feminist elders. Having made her musical mark through the use of current disco styles, by the late eighties Madonna was seeking to develop a career in films, as a contemporary equivalent to Marilyn Monroe (which she didn't even come close to achieving).

    Originally intending to become a dancer, she won a scholarship to the University of Michigan, moving to New York in 1978 and appearing with the modern-dance companies of Alvin Alley and Pearl Lange. After a brief period in Paris performing in the stage musical Born to Be Alive, Madonna turned to music, playing drums and singing with New York rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy with Steve Bray, who co-wrote some of her later recordings.

    Signing to Sire in 1982, she cut Everybody and the Reggie Lucas-produced Burning Up in the current disco mode before the John 'Jellybean' Benitez-produced Holiday was first a dance-floor hit and then entered the Top Twenty in 1983. It was taken from the eponymous first album which included further hits in Borderline and Lucky Star (1984).

    The title track of the Nile Rodgers-produced Like a Virgin (1985) introduced Madonna's sex-kitten image and went straight to No. 1, as did the next two singles, Material Girl and Crazy for You, from the soundtrack of Vision Quest. Into the Groove (1985) was the year's definitive party record but Madonna was also adding other dimensions to both her image and her music (Angel, Dress You Up, 1985), and becoming an international star. In 1985, she also had a critically acclaimed screen role in Desperately Seeking Susan.

    True Blue (1986) was a best-seller in twenty-five countries; it too produced several hit singles, including Open Your Heart, Live to Tell, the defiant Papa Don't Preach (whose tale of teenage pregnancy cause widespread controversy), and the determinedly romantic La Isia Bonita. In 1986, the year her every move made news in the world's sensationalist press, she starred in the poorly received Shanghai Surprise with her husband Sean Penn. The film was produced by George Harrison Madonna's progress continued into 1987 with a triumphant world tour, a zany comedy role in the film Who's That Girl, and hits with its title song, Causing a Commotion (written with Bray) and The Look of Love, co-written with producer Patrick Leonard. In 1989 she returned with Like a Prayer whose controversial video for the title track (accused of sacrilege) caused Coca-Cola to withdraw its advertising contract with the artist. Nevertheless that song, Express Yourself and Cherish were massive international hits.

    In 1990, she starred with Warren Beatty in the blockbuster movie Dick Tracy. Her Blond Ambition tour was documented in the movie, Truth Or Dare. Among her hits of the early 90s were Vogue, devoted to a short-lived dance craze, Hanky Panky, Justify My Love (co-written with Lenny Kravitz), Rescue Me, and This Used To Be My Playground.

    In 1992 Madonna released Sex, an expensive soft-core pornographic book that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself, several models, and other celebrities. Sex received scathing reviews and enormous negative publicity. The accompanying album, Erotica, was her first album since her debut not to generate a number 1 US, although the album did sell over two million copies. Bedtime Stories, released in 1994 contained her biggest hit, Take a Bow, which spent seven weeks at number one. A compilation of her slower material, Something To Remember was released the following year.

    Madonna portrayed Eva Peron in the 1996 film version of Evita. As the filming completed, Madonna announced she was pregnant and her daughter, Lourdes, was born late in 1996. The soundtrack for Evita, contained two hits, a dance remix of Don't Cry for Me Argentina and the newly written You Must Love Me.

    1998's Ray Of Light was a collaboration with producer William Orbit. The album generated a number of worldwide hits, including Frozen, Ray Of Light, Drowned World (Substitute For Love), The Power Of Good-bye, and Nothing Really Matters. Another Madonna starred movie, The Next Best Thing, co-written and co-produced by Madonna and Orbit, was released. It featured her new single, a reworking of Don McLean's classic American Pie. She worked with Orbit and French dance producer Mirwais on her next collection, Music.

    Shortly before the release of the album, Madonna gave birth to her second child, Rocco. On 22 December, she married the UK film director Guy Ritchie in Scotland.

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