Birthday: August 16, 1958
Also Known As: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Born In: Bay City, Michigan, United States
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Height: 1.61 M
Father: Silvio Ciccone
Mother: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
was the third of six children in a Catholic family. Her father Sylvio, also known as Tony, was a design engineer for Chrysler/General Dynamics. Madonna’s mother was of French Canadian descent. She died of breast cancer when Madonna was five years old. Tony Ciccone moved the family to Pontiac, Michigan, and he married one of the women hired to care for the Ciccone household. The adjustment was difficult for Madonna as the eldest daughter. She had considered herself the “lady of the house” and had received much of her father’s affection and attention.
Madonna acted in school plays in her early school years. As a teenager she discovered her love and talent for dancing, an activity she pursued under the direction and leadership of Christopher Flynn, her private ballet instructor. Madonna worked hard and played hard as well, something Flynn made easy by introducing her to the disco nightlife of Detroit, Michigan. Still, she cared for her younger brothers and sisters and worked hard in school. She graduated early from high school and was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan. She stayed two years before going to New York City in 1978 with thirty-seven dollars and a wealth of determination and ambition.
In New York, she engaged in various odd jobs such as waitress, nude art modelling and also pursued her dance training simultaneously. She became a member at the ‘The Breakfast Club’ band and later formed a band named ‘Madonna & the Sky’.
In 1979, she played a role in the film ‘A Certain Sacrifice’. In 1980s, she got a solo contract with the company named ‘Sire Records’ which is owned by ‘Warner Music Group’.
In 1982, her first solo album ‘Everybody’ was launched which topped the dance charts, and the following year, another album ‘Madonna’ was released. The albums fared well in the market and sold many copies.
The year 1984, was a major breakthrough for this artist when her album ‘Like a Virgin’ hit the music stores. This album soon became a huge success and launched Madonna as an international figure. The title track of the album retained the first position on ‘Billboard Chart’ for six weeks.
In 1985, she worked in the film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ and also lent her voice for the number ‘Into the Groove’ in the film. This song too was a huge hit and registered number one in U.S. dance charts.
The same year, she sang ‘Crazy For You’ for the film ‘Vision Quest’ and this too turned out to successful. Soon after, she went on her first concert tour called ‘The Virgin Tour’.
During 1986-90, this singer worked on several albums such as ‘True Blue’, ‘You Can Dance’, ‘Who’s that Girl’, ‘Like a Prayer’, and films which include ‘Who’s That Girl’, ‘Dick Tracy’, ‘Bloodhounds of Broadway’, ‘Shanghai Surprise’. During the same period, she also went on concerts tours like ‘Who’s That Girl World Tour’ and ‘Blond Ambition World Tour’.
In 1989, she signed an endorsement contract with ‘Pepsi’ company but her controversial video ‘Like a Prayer’, led to annulment of the contract.
In 1990, her compilation album ‘The Immaculate Collection’ was released and it received immense success making it the ‘best –selling compilation album by any solo artist in history’.
In 1991, her first documentary film ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ was released which dealt with the incidents that occurred during her ‘Blond Ambition World Tour’. The same year, she also worked in the film ‘Shadows and Fog’ and the following year, she appeared in the film ‘A League of Their Own’
She co-founded the ‘Maverick Records’ music label in association with ‘Warner Music Group’ in 1992. The same year, she published her book ‘Sex’ which was an adult coffee table book containing erotic images of this artist; and her album ‘Erotica’ was also launched during the same time.
During 1993-99, she was engaged in movies such as ‘Body of Evidence’, ‘ Dangerous Game’, ‘ Blue in the Face’, ‘Four Rooms’ and ‘Girl 6’. She also launched some albums such as ‘Bedtime Stories’ and ‘Ray of Light’, and was part of the concert tour ‘The Girlie Show World Tour’.
In 1996, she portrayed Eva Perón in the musical drama ‘Evita’ and her award winning performance was highly acclaimed by many.
She continued to carry on her musical as well as acting career in spite of all the controversies she was surrounded with, and during the period 2000-12, she acted in movies such as ‘The Next Big Thing’, ‘Swept Away’, ‘Die Another Day’, ‘I’m Going to Tell You a Secret’, ‘Arthur and the Invisibles’.
Her albums during the same period include ‘Music’, ‘American Life’, ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’, ‘Hard Candy’, ‘MDNA’.
In 2012, she was engaged in the concert tour named ‘The MDNA Tour’.
In 2015, her album named ‘Rebel Heart’ was released and she also embarked on a concert tour by the same name.
She is associated with a few production companies and brands such as ‘Semtex Girls’, ‘Hard Candy Fitness’, ‘Truth or Dare by Madonna’.
On 16th August, 1985, she married actor Sean Penn but the couple divorced four years later.
During the period 1995-97, she was in a relationship with her personal fitness instructor Carlos Leon with whom she has a daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.
On December 2000, she married a second time to director Guy Ritchie with whom she has two sons Rocco John Ritchie and David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie.
In October 2008, she and Guy Ritchie separated. Later, she adopted a daughter Mercy James from an orphanage in Malawi.
Madonna has a net worth of $800 million.
2015 Rebel Heart
2010 The Sticky & Sweet Tour
2008 Hard Candy
2007 The Confessions Tour
2006 I’m Going to Tell You a Secret
2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor
2005 Tribute to Madonna: Like a Virgin
2003 American Life
1998 Ray of Light
1994 Bedtime Stories
1989 Like a Prayer
1986 True Blue