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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 »

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Madonna -- I Had ONE Cosmo! I Was Not Drunk Onstage (VIDEO)

Madonna
I Had ONE Cosmo! I Was Not Drunk Onstage

Madonna is no drunk clown, despite reports she was wasted during a vaudeville-themed performance in Melbourne Thursday. The singer drank just one Cosmo onstage, a rep tells TMZ. Sources at the… READ MORE >

Madonna -- Breaks Down on Stage For Rocco (VIDEO)

Madonna
Breaks Down on Stage For Rocco

Madonna got emotional on stage Friday night ... breaking down before dedicating a song to her son. Madge was in Auckland, New Zealand and spoke to the crowd about Rocco. She told fans, "there's… READ MORE >

- 143 days ago
Madonna & Guy Ritchie -- Scolded by Judge in Custody War ... You're Hurting Rocco!

Madonna & Guy Ritchie
Scolded by Judge in Custody War ... You're Hurting Rocco!

Madonna and Guy Ritchie both called into a New York custody hearing Wednesday afternoon, and the judge went after them ... saying THEY are the ones hurting their 15-year-old son Rocco. … READ MORE >

- 146 days ago
Madonna, Guy Ritchie -- Showdown in Rocco Custody War

Madonna, Guy Ritchie
Showdown In Rocco Custody War

Madonna and Guy Ritchie will square off in court Wednesday over custody of their 15-year-old son Rocco, and we've learned Madonna has changed her strategy.  As we reported, the singer and Guy… READ MORE >

- 146 days ago
Madonna -- Moms Post the Darndest Things (PHOTO)

Madonna
Moms Post the Darndest Things

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- 155 days ago
Madonna -- Hung Up In Her Veil (VIDEO)

Madonna
Hung Up In Her Veil

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- 167 days ago
Madonna -- Hires P.I. in Custody War ... Deep Concerns About Guy Ritchie's Parenting Skills

Madonna
Hires P.I. In Custody War Deep Concerns About Guy's Parenting Skills

Madonna is not relying on the paparazzi to document her son's life with Guy Ritchie in the middle of their custody war ... we're told she's hired a P.I. to get the lowdown in London first hand.… READ MORE >

- 168 days ago
Madonna/Guy Ritchie -- Custody War Over Rocco Delayed a Month

Madonna/Guy Ritchie
Custody War Over Rocco Delayed a Month

Guy Ritchie was tooling around London Wednesday -- the same day the NYC courtroom showdown with Madonna was scheduled -- but he didn't miss a thing, because the hearing's been put off a month.… READ MORE >

- 174 days ago
Guy Richie and Rocco -- Hanging Tight Days Before Madonna Custody Battle

Guy Richie, Rocco
Hanging Tight Days Before Madonna Custody Battle

Guy Ritchie, his wife and Rocco are going strong as they prepare to battle Madonna next week over who gets the kid. It's been 2 months since the 15-year-old bailed on his mom during the London leg… READ MORE >

- 178 days ago
Madonna -- I Wasn't Drunk Onstage, And Here's the Proof ...

Madonna
I Wasn't Drunk Onstage And Here's the Proof ...

Madonna scoffed at reports she was drunk onstage over the weekend, and the smoking gun proving she's telling the truth is right on her feet.  Madonna performed in Nashville Monday night and… READ MORE >

- 189 days ago

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