Aug. 16th, 1958
Bay City, Michigan, USA
5' 4 1/2"
Madonna's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2002 - Swept Away
2002 - Naqoyqatsi
2002 - Die Another Day
2000 - The Next Best Thing
1996 - Evita
1995 - Blue in the Face
1995 - Four Rooms
1993 - Body of Evidence
1992 - A League of Their Own
1992 - Blast 'Em
1991 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
1990 - Dick Tracy
1987 - Who's That Girl
1985 - Desperately Seeking Susan
1985 - Vision Quest
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Host
Herself - (segment "Madonna at 40")
Herself - Panelist
Herself - Singer (segment "Celebrity Neighbor Feuds")
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).
- (October 2008) After months of speculation, she and 'Guy Ritchie' (qv) announced their separation.
- Has two songs with the same title on two different albums: "Forbidden Love" which was included in her "Bedtime Stories" album; and "Forbidden Love" which was a track on her "Confessions on a Dance Floor" album. Although both songs have the same title, they are two totally different tracks.
- Thanked by 'Alanis Morissette' (qv) in the liner notes of her album "Jagged Little Pill".
- Has a great-aunt named Bambina De Giulio.
- In November 2000, she held a live concert at the Brixton Academy in London which was broadcast over the Internet. A record nine million people watched the event, making it the largest live webcast of all time.
- Distantly related to 'Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv).
- "Hung Up" jumped seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 2005. Consequently the pop icon matches 'Elvis Presley' (qv)'s tally for top 10 hits - 36, the most for any artist in the rock era.
- 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.