Aug. 16th, 1958
Bay City, Michigan, USA
5' 4 1/2"
Madonna's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Heaven Adores You
2015 - Pixels
2013 - Bettie Page Reveals All
2013 - The Man Behind the Throne
2002 - Die Another Day
2002 - Naqoyqatsi
2002 - Swept Away
2000 - The Next Best Thing
1996 - Evita
1995 - Four Rooms
1995 - Blue in the Face
1993 - Body of Evidence
1992 - Blast 'Em
1992 - A League of Their Own
1991 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
1990 - Dick Tracy
1987 - Who's That Girl
1986 - Shanghai Surprise
1985 - Desperately Seeking Susan
1985 - Vision Quest
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Herself - (segment "Madonna at 40")
Herself - Panelist
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops re-inventing herself, Madonna has sold tens of millions of 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 Veronica Ciccone in August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York in the late 1970s 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 (I) on recording several disco-oriented songs. New York producer / DJ Mark Kamins passed her demo tapes to Sire Records in early 1982 and the rest, as they say, is history. The 1980s was Madonna's boom decade, and she dominated the music charts with a succession of multi-million-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 a teenage audience: A Certain Sacrifice (1985) and Vision Quest (1985). However, she scored a minor cult hit with Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) starring alongside spunky Rosanna Arquette. Madonna's next effort with then husband Sean Penn (I), Shanghai Surprise (1986), was savaged by critics, although the resilient star managed to somewhat improve her standing with her next two films, the offbeat Who's That Girl (1987) (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 (1989). The big-budget and star-filled Dick Tracy (1990) 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 the highly enjoyable A League of Their Own (1992), a story about female baseball players during WWII. However, she again drew the wrath of critics with the boring whodunit Body of Evidence (1993), an obvious (and lame) attempt to cash in on the success of the sexy Sharon Stone (I) thriller Basic Instinct (1992).
Several other minor screen roles followed, then Madonna starred as Eva Perón in Evita (1996), a fairly well received screen adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical. 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 (2000), followed by the painful Swept Away (2002). If those films weren't bad enough, she was woefully miscast as a vampish fencing instructor in the James Bond adventure Die Another Day (2002).
- Distantly related to 'Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv).
- Was supposed to play the lead in _Music of the Heart (1999)_ (qv) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin.
- She was one of the first celebrities who paid her tribute to 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv) after his death.
- Appeared in a stage play in 1986 called "Goose And Tom-Tom" with then-husband 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv).
- Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
- Was 'Prince (I)' (qv)'s first choice for the role of the Kid's angelic muse Aura in his movie musical _Graffiti Bridge (1990)_ (qv). She turned it down, brazenly telling him "the screenplay was awful." When it was finally released in theaters, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb.
- Turned down the role of Cristal Conners in _Showgirls (1995)_ (qv).
- (October 12, 2006) A judge in Malawi has approved an official application filed by 'Madonna' (qv), confirming claims she has adopted a one-year-old boy named David. David was born September 24th 2005. Judge Andrew Nyirenda issued an interim order allowing the singer and husband 'Guy Ritchie' (qv) to take custody of David at a high court in Lilongwe.