Madonna shot to stardom in the early 1980s with her catchy pop songs and sexy, eye-catching videos. The provocative diva ruled the charts for decades by repeatedly reinventing herself, both aesthetically and musically, and by constantly courting controversy, from her make-out session with a saint in the "Like a Prayer" video to her X-rated 1992 picture book Sex
to her lip lock with Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards (which was viewed by many as Madonna's unique way of passing the torch to the next generation of pop stars). Her forays onto the big screen weren't as successful. She fared best when basically playing herself (Desperately Seeking Susan
, Dick Tracy
, the documentary Truth or Dare
), but save for Evita
, which earned her a Golden Globe, Madonna's attempts to be taken seriously as an actress (the wannabe screwball comedy Shanghai Surprise
opposite first husband Sean Penn, the remake of Swept Away
directed by her second husband, Guy Ritchie) were met with critical and commercial scorn, as well as Razzie Awards. While Madonna hasn't exactly mellowed with age, she has shifted her focus. After years of a love-hate relationship with Catholicism, she became a very vocal follower of kabbalah. She also became a mother of four, an author of children’s books and an active supporter of numerous charitable causes, including the non-profit Raising Malawi, which she founded in an effort to improve the lives of orphans in Malawi.Madonna Fast Facts:
- Idolized nuns when she was growing up.
- Ranked in the top 2 percent of her high school class, scoring straight A's, and her IQ was said to be higher than 140.
- Received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, but dropped out after a year to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer in New York City; later scored a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey dance school.
- Released her self-titled debut album, featuring the enduring hits "Holiday" and "Borderline," in 1983.
- Earned a place in pop-culture history with her writhing wedding-gown performance of "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.
- Made her Broadway debut in 1988 with David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.
- Published the controversial coffee-table book Sex in 1992.
- Formed Maverick Records, which released albums by artists such as The Prodigy, Michelle Branch and Alanis Morissette, in 1992.
- Fell off a horse during a celebration for her 47th birthday in 2005, sustaining multiple injuries, but has since fully recovered.
- Has authored several children's books, including Mr. Peabody's Apples, Lotsa de Casha and the English Roses series.
- Madonna Relationships:
- Brahim Zaibat - Ex-significant Other
- Carlos León - Ex-significant Other
- Lourdes Leon - Daughter
- Mario Ciccone - Half Brother
- Rocco John Ritchie - Son
- Joan Ciccone - Stepmother
- Guy Ritchie - Ex-husband
- Madonna Louise Ciccone - Mother
- Sean Penn - Ex-husband
- Christopher Ciccone - Brother
- Martin Ciccone - Brother
- Anthony Ciccone - Brother
- Jesus Luz - Ex-significant Other
- Chifundo 'Mercy' James - Daughter
- Jennifer Ciccone - Half Sister
- Paula Ciccone - Sister
- Silvio P. Ciccone - Father
- Melanie Henry - Sister
- David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie - Son
- Madonna Awards:
- 2007 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
- 2003 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1993 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1997 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
- 1988 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1995 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1998 Grammy: Best Pop Album - Winner
- 2012 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
- 2000 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
- 1998 Grammy: Best Dance Recording - Winner
- 2006 Grammy: Best Electronic/Dance Album - Winner
- 1999 Grammy: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - Winner
- 1991 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
- 1998 Grammy: Best Short Form Music Video - Winner
- 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
- Attended University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States