Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Madonna. Check it out!
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 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 (1979) 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, Shanghai Surprise (1986), 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 (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 A League of Their Own (1992), a story about female baseball players during W.W.II. However, she again drew the wrath of critics with the whodunit Body of Evidence (1992), an obvious (and lame) attempt to cash in on the success of the sexy Sharon Stone 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, 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 (2000), followed by the painful Swept Away (2002) 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 (2002). After finally admitting that her acting days were over, Madonna began a directing career in 2008 with the barely remembered Filth and Wisdom (2008) and a year later she reunited with In Bed with Madonna (1991) 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. (2011), 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”.
Interesting Facts about Madonna
- Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon launched their fashion line, “Material Girl”. [August 2010]
- When Madonna first got famous and moved out of the East Village, on weekend nights she would cruise in her limo down St. Mark’s Place to pick Latino youths off the street for backseat hookups.
- Ending her sold out Re-Invention Tour; and launching dolls, tea sets and umbrellas based on her book “The English Roses”. [September 2004]
- After having shot her new video “Sorry” for the second single from her successful album “Confessions on a dance-floor” she’s planning to do a world-wide tour in summer. [January 2006]
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $72 million.
- Siblings: Anthony Ciccone (b. 1956), Martin Ciccone (b. 1957), Paula Ciccone (b. 1959), Christopher Ciccone (b. 1960) and Melanie Henry (b. 1962).
- Her paternal grandparents are Michelina and Gaetano Ciccone.
- In October 2013 she received a lifetime ban from the Alamo Drafthouse theatre chain after texting incessantly during a screening of 12 Years a Slave (2013).
- On video sets, no one is allowed to make eye contact with her unless she initiates conversation.
- Attended West Junior High in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the 8th grade.
- Her father and stepmother, Silvio Ciccone & Joan Ciccone, own and operate the award- winning Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City.
- On January 25, 1989, Madonna had a $5 million contract with Pepsi to promote their product as well as cross-promote her new album, “Like a Prayer”. However, on March 3, when the video for the first single, “Like a Prayer”, was released, it caused international controversy, with images of burning crosses, murder, and racism, and Pepsi soon retracted their contract, after March 2, when the 2-minute commercial was only viewed once, during The Cosby Show (1984). The single later soared to Number 1 on the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. She later thanked Pepsi for creating such controversy.
Personal Quotes by Madonna
As an artist myself, I know what it’s like to put your heart and soul into something. You can feel the presence of another person.- Madonna
I’m always looking for something new: a new inspiration, a new philosophy, a new way to look at something, new talent.- Madonna
I suppose I sometimes used to act like I wasn’t a human being… Sometimes I look back at myself and remember things I used to say, or my hairstyle, and I cringe.- Madonna
When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.- Madonna
I know I’m not the greatest singer or dancer, but that doesn’t interest me. I’m interested in being provocative and pushing people’s buttons.- Madonna