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The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics, and the films have usually had tepid, if any, success at the box office. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, she is the daughter of Madonna Louise Fortin and Silvio Ciccone, an engineer designer for car companies. Her father was of Italian descent (from a family from Pacentro) and her mother was of French-Canadian ancestry. She moved to New York in 1978 and studied with renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey, joined up with the Patrick Hernandez Revue, formed a pop/dance band called "Breakfast Club" and began working with then-boyfriend Stephen Bray on recording several disco-oriented songs. New York producer/D.J. Mark Kamins passed her demo tapes to Sire Records in early 1982 and the rest is history. The 1980s was Madonna's boom decade, and she dominated the music charts with a succession of multimillion-selling albums, and her musical and fashion influence on young women was felt around the globe. Madonna first appeared on screen in two low-budget films marketed to an adolescent audience: A Certain Sacrifice and Vision Quest. However, she scored a minor cult hit with Desperately Seeking Susan starring alongside spunky Rosanna Arquette. Madonna's next effort with then husband Sean Penn, Shanghai Surprise, was savaged by critics, although the resilient star managed to somewhat improve her standing with her next two films, the off-beat Who's That Girl (although she did receive decidedly mixed reviews, they weren't as negative as those of her previous effort) and the quirky Damon Runyon-inspired Bloodhounds of Broadway. The big-budget and star-filled Dick Tracy had her playing bad girl "Breathless Mahoney" flirting with Warren Beatty, but the epic failed to catch fire at the box office. Taking an earthier role, Madonna was much more entertaining alongside Tom Hanks and Geena Davis in A League of Their Own, a story about female baseball players during W.W.II. However, she again drew the wrath of critics with the whodunit Body of Evidence, an obvious (and lame) attempt to cash in on the success of the sexy Sharon Stone thriller Basic Instinct. Several other minor screen roles followed, then Madonna starred as Eva Perón in Evita, a fairly well received screen adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical, for which she received a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The Material Girl stayed away from the movie cameras for several years, returning to co-star in the lukewarm romantic comedy The Next Best Thing, followed by the painful Swept Away for husband Guy Ritchie. If those films weren't bad enough, she was woefully miscast as a vampish fencing instructor in the James Bond adventure Die Another Day. After finally admitting that her acting days were over, Madonna began a directing career in 2008 with the barely remembered Filth and Wisdom and a year later she reunited with Madonna: Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian to develop a script about the relationship between the Duke of Windsor and the Duchess of Windsor that led to his abdication in 1936: the result, a movie named W.E., starring James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as the infernal but still royal couple, was released in 2011 to lukewarm critics but it gathered one Oscar nomination for costumes and won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Masterpiece".  See full bio on IMDb »

Jennifer Hudson at BET Awards -- Pays Off Prince Threat ... Look Away, Madonna (VIDEO)

Jennifer Hudson
Pays Off BET's Prince Threat ... Look Away, Madonna

BET did a lot of trash talking about Madonna's tribute to Prince ... and Jennifer Hudson had to back it up by performing that same song. No pressure.   You'll recall ... the BET Awards… READ MORE >

Madonna & Rocco -- Gonna Dress You Up ... In a Mask (PHOTOS)

Madonna & Rocco
Gonna Dress You Up ... In a Mask

Madonna finally got what she wanted ... her son Rocco back in New York City and she's wasting no time getting in some QT. Madge took Rocco, older sis Lourdes and some… READ MORE >

- 55 days ago
Prince Crushed Madonna's Music Video Dreams ... According to His Ex-GF  (VIDEO)

Crushed Madonna's Music Vid Dreams ... According to His Ex-GF

Madonna and Prince had a heated feud over the one song they ever recorded together, and the showdown involved one of Madonna's divorces ... according to Prince's ex-gf Anna Fantastic. Anna… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Madonna & Stevie Wonder -- Makin' It 'Purple Rain'

Madonna & Stevie Wonder
Makin' It 'Purple Rain'

Madonna just paid respect to the Purple One in epic fashion ... bringing out Stevie Wonder for a duet of Prince's famous track. With the Billboard Music Awards dripping in purple ... Madge and… READ MORE >

- 64 days ago
Madonna & French Montana -- Met Gala Turn Up ... In Ya Mouth! (VIDEO)

Madonna & French Montana
Met Gala Turn Up ... In Ya Mouth!

French Montana and Diplo got the real show AFTER the Met Gala -- courtesy of Madonna. And her mouth. Just check out the video from inside the after-party at Up&Down nightclub. 57 and still… READ MORE >

- 84 days ago
Madonna -- Dominates at Met Gala (PHOTOS)

Dominates at Met Gala

Madonna kicked some ass at Monday night's Met Gala. She wore her best dominatrix threads, showcasing both sides of her personality. This oughta bring Rocco closer.  READ MORE >

- 84 days ago
Madonna -- Up In Arms With Rocco (PHOTO)

Up In Arms With Rocco

Madonna's more than just on reasonably good terms with son Rocco ... she's mothering again. Madge posted this photo Friday with the caption "We Need!" Words to live by. READ MORE >

- 85 days ago
Madonna -- Surrenders in Driveway War ... Dodges Fine (PHOTOS)

Surrenders In Driveway War ... Dodges Fine

Madonna's Upper East Side driveway just got the facelift it needed to clear her name with NYC ... and it was done just in the nick of time. TMZ broke the story ... Madonna was warned by the city… READ MORE >

- 97 days ago
Guy Ritchie and Madonna -- From Whining to Wining (PHOTOS)

Guy Ritchie and Madonna
From Whining to Wining

Guy Ritchie and Madonna have both done a 180 since Rocco bailed on her ... they're now co-parents who can share a bottle of wine. Guy arrived at Madonna's house in London Monday night, armed with… READ MORE >

- 98 days ago
Madonna and Rocco -- Chillin' at the Firehouse (PHOTO)

Madonna and Rocco
Chillin' at the Firehouse

Madonna is clearly making headway in reconnecting with her son Rocco, with a little help from the hottest restaurant in London. Madonna and her 15-year-old escapee broke bread Sunday at the… READ MORE >

- 99 days ago

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