Aug. 16th, 1958
Bay City, Michigan, USA
5' 4 1/2"
Madonna's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Pixels
2015 - Heaven Adores You
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 - Vision Quest
1985 - Desperately Seeking Susan
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).
- December 2003 - announced she was starting a merchandising line of dolls, apparel, home decor, etc. as a tie-in to her best-selling children's book, "The English Roses".
- Supporter of 'Hillary Rodham Clinton' (qv)'s 2008 electoral campaign.
- Motherhood has inspired her to write a number of critically-acclaimed children's books: "The Adventures of Abdi", "The English Roses", "Lotsa de Casha", "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and "Yakov and the Seven Thieves". All have become international best-sellers and earned her praise for the morals woven into the stories.
- She is a fan of 'Carole Lombard (I)' (qv), 'Betty Grable' (qv) and 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv).
- Her daughter Lourdes was named as a tribute to Madonna's mother, who wanted to visit Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, appeared in 1858, but died before doing so.
- Her mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, was born on 11 July 1933 and died at the age of 33 on 1 December 1963. She was the mother of Anthony (1956), 'Martin Ciccone' (qv) (1957), 'Madonna' (qv) (1958), 'Paula Ciccone (I)' (qv) (1959), 'Christopher Ciccone' (qv) (1960), Melanie (1962). After his first wife's death, 'Silvio Ciccone' (qv) married Joan Gustaffson (now 'Joan Ciccone' (qv) (born in 1943), who gave birth to Mario (1968) and Jennifer (1969).
- Six music videos that ranked on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos: "Like A Prayer" was #2, "Justify My Love" was #7, "Ray Of Light" was #40, "Material Girl" was #54, "Like A Virgin" was #61, and "Borderline" was #84.
- Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.