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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Madonna (entertainer)


Madonna Louise Ciccone was born to Catholic parents Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone (b. 1931) and Madonna Louise Fortin (c. 1933 – December 1, 1963) in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958.
Tony worked as an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors.

Madonna's mother died of breast cancer when she was five. Her father later married the housekeeper and insisted that the kids call her "Mom."

Madonna's stepmother and father, Joan and Tony Ciccone (2009)

Since Madonna had the same name as her mother, family members called her "Little Nonni".

She has two elder brothers, Anthony (born 1956) and Martin (born 1957), and three younger siblings, Paula (born 1959), Christopher (born 1960), and Melanie (born 1962).

According to her brother Christopher, the only thing Madonna can cook is Rice Krispie cakes.

When Madonna and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat broke up in the early 1980s, he took back all of the paintings he made for her and painted them black.

Both Madonna's marriages ended in divorce. She was married to actor Sean Penn from 1985-1989 and to film director Guy Ritchie from 2000-2008.

Madonna married Guy Ritchie on December 22, 2000 in a Scottish castle, with Gwyneth Paltrow as maid of honor — before enjoying smoked salmon and haggis at a champagne reception.

Raised Catholic and named after the Virgin Mary, Madonna wanted to be either a film star or a nun when she grew up. During her career she has sometimes be seen as mocking the Christian faith and has often been denounced by religious leaders.

After the birth of her daughter Lourdes, Madonna became involved in Eastern mysticism and Kabbalah. She was introduced to Jewish mysticism by actress Sandra Bernhard in 1997.


Madonna moved from Michigan to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance.

In 1979 Madonna became romantically involved with musician Dan Gilroy. Together, they formed her first band, the Breakfast Club, for which Madonna sang and played drums and guitar.

After Madonna signed a deal with Sire, her debut single, "Everybody", was released in October 1982. Her first album, Madonna, followed in 1983.

Madonna performing during the Who's That Girl World Tour, 1987. By Olavtenbroek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Madonna's “Like A Prayer” was debuted in a two-minute commercial for Pepsi. It was the first song by a major artist to be used in a commercial before being released to stores or radio stations. Worldwide, it is Madonna's most popular song.

The music video for the 1989 song "Express Yourself" had a budget of $5 million, making it the most expensive music video at the time of its release.

The 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour broke many records in terms of its ticket sales, commercial gross and audience attendance. After the first leg, it became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, earning $282 million, breaking the previous record Madonna herself held with her Confessions Tour.

Madonna is the only artist to perform at Live Aid (1985), Live 8 (2005) and Live Earth (2007).

Madonna is the best-selling female artist of all time and the fourth best-selling act ever, behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

Madonna_by_David_Shankbone.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Movies that Madonna  has appeared in include Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, A League Of Their Own, Shanghai Surprise and Evita.

 In 2014, a collector paid $252,000 (£159,000) for the jacket Madonna wore in her first movie, Desperately Seeking Susan, in 1985

Madonna was in the Guinness Book of Records for most costume changes in a movie. She changed 85 times in Evita.

Source Artistfacts 

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