MADONNA CICCONE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Madonna was born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, with the birth name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Her father Silvio Anthony Ciccone and mother, Madonna Louise, came from Italy. She was the third born to a family of six children total and was raised in the Detroit suburbs.
In 1963, her mother passed away from breast cancer and her father remarried their housekeeper and had two more children with her. Madonna began to feel resentment towards her father which carried over for many decades. She graduated from Rochester Adams High School as a straight A student and then decided to begin her search for a career.
In 1977 she decided to move to New York City to pursue a career as a dancer. She first found work performing with such music groups as Breakfast Club and Emmy. She then began getting involved in the entertainment industry as a singer and released her first album in 1983. As her career has progressed over time, Madonna has become a household name with music that has gained a huge fan base. Some of her number one hits over time have been "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Hung Up" and "4 Minutes", amongst many others.
Also her style of dressing began to influence young women during the 80's and she continued to gain a huge following. Girls of all ages were wearing skirts with tights and lace gloves and big hoop earrings. By 1985, she was ready for her first concert tour in North America, "The Virgin Tour", which was a huge success.
Madonna's rise to stardom continued and she was even signed in 1989 with Pepsi doing commercials for their product. However, after her video "Like a Prayer" was released there was so much controversy over the video that Pepsi revoked her contract.
Although she has had tremendous success as a singer, critics have given harsh feedback on her acting skills. She first began appearing on the big screen in such film roles as "A Certain Sacrifice" (1983), "Vision Quest" (1985), "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), "Shanghai Surprise" (1986), "Who's That Girl" (1987), "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (1989), "Dick Tracy" (1990), "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Body of Evidence" (1993).
Along with her film roles, she also released her first documentary, "Truth or Dare", in 1991 which followed her on her "Blond Ambition World Tour" and also shared with her fans certain aspects of her personal life.
Although she continued to be cast in films and her popularity as a pop artist was soaring to new heights, film critics still felt she had no need appearing on the big screen. That was until she was cast in her next film role in 1996 in "Evita" for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
She did not return to the film industry for a few years and chose to focus on her music career instead until in the year 2000 she returned with an appearance in the film "The Next Big Thing", followed by another film role in "Swept Away" (2002) and "Die Another Day" (2002).
Along with her huge success in the music industry and her resume for her film appearances, Madonna has also ventured into other business industries such as being a fashion designer, children's book author, and has worked as a director and producer on various films.
Her personal life has received a lot of media attention. She was married first to actor Sean Penn from 1985 through 1989. She then married Guy Ritchie in 2000 and they had two children together before this marriage ended in divorce in 2008.
Madonna is recognized as the world's top selling female recording artist of all time, selling over 300 million records. She was even inducted in 2008 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century".
Even with all her success in the entertainment industry and her huge following of fans, she has been a subject of the media multiple times. She had issues with her "Like a Prayer" video for the subject and images depicted. She also had to deal with nude photos of her that were taken when she was a struggling performer and now being sold for thousands. Along with her personal relationships with actor Sean Penn and rap artist Vanilla Ice. She was constantly in the media. She even had a situation on the David Letterman show where she behaved inappropriately and many felt she had over stepped her boundaries. When she released her video "What it Feels Like for a Girl" scenes depicted were of her committing murder and involved in car accidents, causing the video to be banned by VHI and MTV.
Despite all this Madonna continued to stay known as one of the top female artists of all time. She also came public with her belief in Kabbalah and has shown the world that she will always do what she wants to do, despite the tabloids and what they have to say about her. She has donated millions to schools in London and New York teaching the meaning behind Kabbalah.
In 2003 she again shocked viewers when performing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards when she kissed both singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on the mouth during their performance.
Again, it had no impact on Madonna and if anything just continued to increase her popularity and she continued to do what she does best, record music and release top albums. By 2005 she had released her tenth album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor", which won a Grammy Award for "Best Electronic/Dance Album".
Along with staying busy as a mother and top female performer, Madonna also manages to assist in a number of charitable causes she feels very strongly about, such as in the Raising Malawi initiative by helping to fund an orphanage in the country and she even adopted a child from the country.
Some of her latest work and public performances have been in 2010 at the Hope for "Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for the Earthquake Relief Concert". She also announced recently that she has plans to open a number of fitness centers throughout the world.
Madonna has received an overwhelming amount of honors throughout her career such as MTV Video Music Awards honoring her with a total of twenty awards, the most of any artist ever. She was also honored with a lifetime achievement Award known as the "Video Vanguard Award" in 1986. In 2003 MTV named her "The Greatest Music Video Star Ever".
She has been considered and will always be known as one of the greatest icons in music history. She is also one of the most influential woman in the world. Despite any personal issues she may have had made public, or any professional choices she has made throughout her career, she is un-stoppable and the controversy she creates just helps her to maintain her level of popularity, stardom and one of the largest fan base followings ever in music entertainment.
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles
2003 Will & Grace
2002 Die Another Day
2002 Swept Away
2000 The Next Best Thing
1996 Girl 6
1995 Four Rooms
1995 Blue in the Face
1993 Dangerous Game
1993 Body of Evidence
1992 A League of Their Own
1992 Saturday Night Live
1991 Shadows and Fog
1990 Dick Tracy
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
1987 Who's That Girl
1986 Shanghai Surprise
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan
1985 Vision Quest
1983 A Certain Sacrifice