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Audra Lindley (1918-1997) was an American actress. Born on September 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the product of show business parents. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-twenties to take her talent to the stage. Among her many Broadway plays were: "On Golden Pond", "Playhouse 90", "Long Day's Journey into Night", "Horse Heavens" and many others. She took time off to get married and raise five children. Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including a 6-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on NBC soap Another World.
Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfillfed Mrs. Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977) (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exagerrated hairstyle). The character and her husband Mr. Roper were so popular that they were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and film. One of her last notable roles was a character part in the lesbian romance film Desert Hearts (1985). Lindley wanted to retape one key scene. The director, Donna Dietch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Lindley said that she would buy a portion of the film if Dietch let her do just that one take again. Dietch agreed, and Lindley kept her word (the film went on to become a cult classic and make a solid profit). Lindley garnered further parts of all sizes in various TV films and series, the last being a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Cybill. Lindley unexpectedly succumbed to leukemia on October 16, 1997, a "Cybill" script by her hospital bedside.
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Lindley unexpectedly succumbed to leukemia on October 16, 1997, a "Cybill" script by her hospital bedside.
The director, Donna Dietch, replied that they did not have the budget for reshooting. Madonna's subsequent releases, Mr. Lindley wanted to retape one key scene. It is now available in 40 languages and in more than 110 countries world wide. One of her last notable roles was a character part in the lesbian romance film Desert Hearts (1985). The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List for children's picture books, and also received the widest launch in publication history as it was released in over 100 counties on the same day; it also debuted in 30 languages. Lindley continued to appear steadily on television and film. On September 15, 2003, she released her first (of five) children's books, The English Roses, and it instantly became the biggest and fastest selling book ever by a first-time children's author.
Roper were so popular that they were spun off to their own show, The Ropers (1979), which was not a success. In recent years, Madonna has become a very successful author. The character and her husband Mr. Devotees include Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Winona Ryder, Roseanne Barr, Jerry Hall, Jeff Goldblum, Courtney Love and Paris Hilton. Roper on the hit sitcom Three's Company (1977) (Lindley wore a wig to maintain the character's exagerrated hairstyle). This decision and much of the artistic imagery used in her recent work have been driven by Madonna's intense study of Kabbalah at the controversial Kabbalah Centre, and her abandonment of Catholicism. The faith is popular among a number of other celebrities, some of whom were introduced to it by Madonna herself. Her greatest fame arrived when she began playing the wisecracking, perpetually unfulfillfed Mrs. In a metaphysical world, I wanted to attach myself to a different name.".
Upon resuming her career, she began to make steady appearances on television, including a 6-year stint as manipulative "Aunt Liz" Matthews on NBC soap Another World. In an interview with ABC, she said: "This is in no way a negation of who my mother is. She took time off to get married and raise five children. In the same month, Madonna announced that she had adopted the name Esther, a tribute to the ancient Persian Queen who helped the Jewish people. Among her many Broadway plays were: "On Golden Pond", "Playhouse 90", "Long Day's Journey into Night", "Horse Heavens" and many others. After a brief battle with Warner Brothers Music (with whom she shared her record label Maverick at a percentage of 40/60 respectively), Madonna sold her shares in the label and announced that she is no longer involved in its dealings. Nothing panned out, and she went to New York in her mid-twenties to take her talent to the stage. Bush and the 2003 Iraq war.
She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. Madonna met Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore backstage for a photo opportunity during the tour and openly embraced political commentary in her act, which included a scathing indictment of George W. Born on September 24, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, Lindley was the product of show business parents. Her musical horizons also expanded as she added a cover version of the John Lennon favorite "Imagine" to her live repertoire. Audra Lindley (1918-1997) was an American actress. Many believe that Madonna's next passion is protecting the children of Israel and Palestine from continuous fighting. The tour ended with the Palestinian and Israeli flags side by side.
The tour explored social, political and religious themes, and included images of yoga, sacred geometry, tarot cards and astrology, as well as Judeo-Christian iconography such as the tree of life. In 2004, Madonna embarked on her "Re-Invention World Tour", during which she played 56 dates across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Despite spending markedly less time within the United States, Madonna publicly endorsed Wesley Clark for the United States Democratic Party 2004 presidential nomination in December 2003. Madonna currently resides primarily in England - with a $6.8 million home in Marylebone and a $13 million mansion (Ashcombe) in Wiltshire.
The three singers performed a medley of her early hit "Like A Virgin" and her latest release "Hollywood" with a guest rap by Missy Elliott. The design resembled Madonna's performance of "Like A Virgin" at the 1984 VMA's: the same wedding cake set, wedding dresses and "Boy Toy" belt worn by Madonna in 1984 now adorned Aguilera and Spears, who many — not least the pop "princesses" themselves — believe to be the heirs and beneficiaries of Madonna's pop legacy. The gender role-reversal and lesbian theme instantly made front page headlines. Famous for her appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards, in 2003 Madonna provoked the public once again by portraying a groom and kissing her "brides" Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage. Neither promotion however was able to revive the album in the States.
"Love Profusion" was also used in commercials by Estée Lauder. Madonna tried to warm up American radio to the collection with a promotional campaign with rapper Missy Elliott sponsored by The Gap retail clothing chain using the tune "Into The Hollywood Groove". where the subsequent singles "Nothing Fails", "Hollywood" and "Love Profusion" continued to place Madonna on the charts. The album was a huge success outside the U.S.
 (http://www.irixx.org/madonna/madonnaremix.html). The Madonna Remix Project took this file and added music to mock Madonna's attempt to "inspire guilt" in peer-to-peer users. Instead of downloading an actual Madonna song, seekers of online music instead found themselves downloading a file of Madonna saying, "What the fuck do you think you're doing?". Shortly after this incident, the online world was surprised and amused when marketers and promoters of her album attempted to disrupt the Internet file sharing networks by uploading a large number of "junk" musical files bearing her name.
Perhaps mindful of the protests and boycotts that had greeted the Dixie Chicks after they made some anti-war comments, the video was revoked, presumably at Madonna's request, on the day it premiered (it was aired for only a few hours) and was later replaced by a more "neutral" treatment. Bush lookalike. In yet another move that followed her pattern of creating "controversy" in the wake of an album's release, she filmed a music video for "American Life", which included a scene of her tossing a hand grenade into the lap of a President George W. American critics described the album as "tired", monotonous, and an indication that she was "in need of a vacation" from the stress of her career.
Her artistic reputation appeared to take a turn for the worse, however, when the critical drubbing she received for Swept Away was followed by an equally brutal critical reception for her 2003 album American Life. Apparently content with her second marriage, her career, although only a shadow of what it was in the mid 1980s, continued to keep her in the limelight. She seemed to have settled into the role of an Earth Warrior/Mother (she gave birth to her second child, a son — Rocco — in the same year), spiritualist and elder "stateswoman" of pop. In 2002 Madonna continued to make music ("Die Another Day" for the James Bond film of the same name, in which she had a cameo as Verity, a fencing instructor), and to act.
The film, released in 2002, was critically panned and went on to become yet another in a string of acting flops. In June 2001, she appeared in Star, a short film directed for BMW by Guy Ritchie, and then began working on a remake of the classic film Swept Away, the story of a wealthy socialite who, after a shipwreck, is trapped on a deserted island with a poor male servant. While the medley earned relatively subdued radio coverage, the innovative video was a modest success on MTV, MTV2, and VH1. Without a single to promote the album, Madonna decided to release a single and video entitled the "Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix".
She released her second Greatest Hits album, GHV2, in 2001; unlike her previous greatest hits compilation, GHV2 featured a selection of her hits from the 1992–2001 period, but did not contain any new songs. On 22 December 2000 Madonna married director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Scotland. It started yet another fashion trend, with pink cowboy hats adorned by tiaras cropping up on high streets and catwalks around the world. Music was notable for another revamping of Madonna's image, this time as a cross between a disco-loving party girl and a rustic cowgirl.
Her point was arguably confirmed when the video was banned by MTV. The video was meant to showcase the fact that when men in film commit violent acts it is accepted, but when women do it just as mercilessly, it is shunned. The latter was accompanied by a striking music video directed by Madonna's then boyfriend, film director Guy Ritchie. In it Madonna robs an Automatic Teller Machine, runs over several innocent bystanders, blows up a gas station and eventually commits suicide by driving into a lamppost. It spawned the top ten hits "Music", "Don't Tell Me", and "What It Feels Like For a Girl".
Music was produced partly by Orbit and partly by French techno musician Mirwais Ahmadzai. A bona fide commercial and critical hit, it saw Madonna abandon her earlier sexual and religious themes for throwaway lyrics and the "party" spirit of dance, pop and techno. In 2000 Madonna released the album Music. Madonna contributed the top ten hit "Beautiful Stranger" to the soundtrack of the Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me film in the same year.
The film itself, released in 2000, was a flop. The soundtrack spawned the worldwide (excluding the US, where it was not commercially released) number one hit "American Pie", a dance cover version of the Don McLean classic. Critics praised the first half of the film, but panned the second half in which it assumed the trappings of a courtroom drama. After a drunken night of sex they discover that she is pregnant, and decide to raise the child together, but outside romances intervene to cause conflict and estrangement.
Co-starring her friend, the openly gay actor Rupert Everett, the film told the story of a heterosexual woman and her gay best friend. After endlessly promoting Ray of Light, Madonna focused next on her pet project, a film called The Next Best Thing. Still, critics were quick to note that Madonna was doing only what she knew best: taking things from the cultures around her (in this case, techno, Eastern mysticism and alternative rock) and refining them for mass consumption. Madonna received her first Grammy award in her 15 year career for Ray of Light. "Mer Girl" dealt with motherhood from the perspective of a woman who had lost her own mother as a child; "Little Star" was a paean to the wise choices her own daughter would make in the future; "Swim" addressed the topic of violence in popular culture.
The lyrics were some of Madonna's most introspective. Her vocals were notably stronger, likely an after effect of the vocal training she received for "Evita". It spawned the top ten singles "Frozen", "Ray of Light", "Drowned World / Substitute For Love", "Nothing Really Matters" (accompanied by a video in which she portrayed a cross between a clubber and a geisha girl), and "The Power of Goodbye". Her first critically-acclaimed recording since "Like a Prayer", the album became her biggest hit in nearly ten years, selling over 15 million copies.
In 1998 she released Ray of Light, an album co-produced by European techno music performer William Orbit, and co-written by Orbit, Patrick Leonard and Rick Nowels. She became pregnant by her then lover, personal trainer Carlos Leon, and gave birth to her daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, on October 14, 1996. She took Yoga lessons and pursued a vigorous exercise regime that brought her body to a peak of toned fitness. During 1996 and 1998 she began studying mystical Judaism and The Kabbalah.
In 1998 Madonna reinvented herself yet again. The announced 4th single "Buenos Aires" was only released as a promo. The 3rd single "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" became a European top ten hit. The remix became a worldwide top ten hit in early 1997, and helped "Argentina" to peak at #8 on the Hot 100.
While "You Must Love Me" was a moderate hit on radio and MTV, it was actually a dance remix of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" that cemented the soundtrack's mainstream pop success. The Evita soundtrack would go on to become Madonna's twelfth platinum album, thanks to the singles "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "You Must Love Me", the latter receiving an Oscar nomination for best original song in a movie. She delivered a Golden Globe winning performance and was critically praised; nevertheless, her detractors still managed to point out the similarities between the character (a former actress and fame-hungry politician's wife) and Madonna's own life. The film marked the first time Madonna was heralded as an actress in a leading role.
She began to wear fashionable designer dresses and softened her (by now medium length) hair to honey blonde. This may have helped her to secure the coveted role of Eva Perón in the 1996 film Evita. In a further attempt to soften her image, Madonna released a second greatest hits album in 1996, this time collecting a number of ballads under the title Something to Remember. She did not approve. In this period the world also saw her very public falling out with former DJ pal and remixer/producer Junior Vasquez due to the release of his huge club hit "If Madonna Calls".
She also appeared as a phone sex company owner in Spike Lee's flop Girl 6 in 1996. She appeared as a singing telegram girl in Blue in the Face (1995) and as a witch in Four Rooms (1995). In an attempt to improve her acting credentials, Madonna opted over the next few years to take small roles in independent films. In March 1994 she made an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman in which she repeatedly uttered profanities, saying the word "fuck" 13 times.
Despite the apparent "maturity" of Bedtime Stories, Madonna seemed in no rush to put her reputation for controversy behind her. Madonna only held this record for a few months, however, as Michael Jackson's "Scream" video — which cost $7 million and still holds the record to this day — broke it later that year. At the time it was made in 1995, "Bedtime Story", which cost over $2 million, was the most expensive music video in history. He took his version of the song to #1 in the UK in 1997, earning Madonna yet another co-writing credit on a number one hit.
One throwaway song entitled "Love Won't Wait" was later sent to Gary Barlow to record. It spawned several Unreleased Madonna Songs co-written with Shep Pettibone in 1994 that were shelved as Madonna changed creative gears. The success of the album belied its uncertain origins. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the same year, and Madonna sang "Take a Bow" at the awards.
"Take a Bow" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks, breaking her previous record of 6 weeks with "Like a Virgin". Other top ten hits included "Bedtime Story", penned by singer Björk, and "Take a Bow", penned by singer Babyface, who also sang vocals. The top ten hit "Secret" told the story of a heterosexual man in love with a transsexual, while "Human Nature" — which included lines such as: "I'm not sorry / I'm not your bitch" and "Did I say something wrong? Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about sex" — appeared to be directed at the media and critics who had questioned her decisions in recent years. The album, which took her back to her R&B roots, found her in sultry voice as she tackled a number of topics which extended far beyond the subject matter of her early songs.
In 1994 Madonna released Bedtime Stories. She also made a prominent appearance on the backing vocals. It was a minor US dance hit and was produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. It was used in the 1992 Sountrack for the film Nothing But Trouble.
1993 also saw single release of the obscure single "Get Over" by actor/model Nick Scotti which was written by Madonna and Stephen Bray. She hoped that once it was all out in the open, people could settle down and focus on her work. Madonna would later comment that this entire period of her life was designed to give the world every single morsel of what they seemed to be demanding in their invasion of her private life. Dangerous Game was similar in plot and content.
The film contained copious nudity and graphic sex scenes. Body of Evidence was regarded by many commentators as an exercise in soft-core pornography, with Madonna portraying a woman accused of killing her lover by means of sexual intercourse. The Madonna "industry" appeared to go into overdrive in 1993 when she appeared in a number of film roles. Nevertheless, despite the press brickbats, the book became an instant bestseller and the album went on to sell more than five million copies worldwide (less than previous albums, but still a huge hit by anyone else's standards).
Reviews of the book and album were, for the most part, unsympathetic, with many critics lambasting the "aging" provocatrice for her "tasteless" use of sexuality to "shift units". The "Rain" video, one of the first directed by Mark Romanek, was notable for its frame-by-frame colorization of black and white stock, a painstaking process which lent it a highly stylized appearance. The "Fever" video, one of Stephane Sednaoui's first, was also well-received, and the video for "Bad Girl", which featured Christopher Walken as an angel, told a disturbing tale of a woman whose lifestyle leads to her murder. Indeed, since 2000, MTV2 has broadcast the video several times in the middle of the afternoon, during Madonna-related special programming, as occurred around the time of the 2003 release of her American Life album. At present, the censored version of the "Erotica" video has been unbanned by MTV and VH1, and has been aired in its entirety several times on VH1 and MTV2 within the past 5 or 6 years, not always late at night or early in the morning.
Though the song was a huge hit, the video only aired a total of three times on MTV, always after midnight, and always preceded by a warning (issued by Kurt Loder) that viewers should change the channel if S&M and homosexuality were not to their taste. Despite this, even the expurgated version of the video was deemed too raunchy for America in 1992. Two different treatments of the title video were released: an "uncut" European version which featured graphic nudity and overt depiction of sexual acts, and a censored American version, which contained more suggestive, rapidly changing images, edited in such a way that the most risqué scenes were obscured or omitted. The music videos from Erotica were groundbreaking in a number of ways.
Outside of America "Fever" and "Bye Bye Baby" were also hits, while domestically "Rain" and "Bad Girl" went on to achieve modest chart success. The album spawned a number of top ten hits, including "Erotica" (which became the highest-debuting (#2) single in the history of the Hot 100 Airplay Chart) and "Deeper And Deeper". Almost a companion piece to the book, it featured bold sexual anthems that made no attempt to disguise their star's appetite for erotic fantasy and role-playing. She released her next album, Erotica, in the same year. She co-wrote and produced this record mostly with the legendary Shep Pettibone.
The book was bound in sheet metal and mylar, and came with a CD single of the song "Erotic" (a remix of her new single "Erotica" with different lyrics), which was packaged to look like a giant condom. Adult in nature, it featured Madonna as the centerpiece of photographs depicting various sexual fantasies and acts (including lesbianism, anal sex and sadomasochism). 1992 also saw the release of her erotic book, Sex. She wrote and performed the movie's theme song, "This Used To Be My Playground". Its music video featured movie clips, and the song became a huge AC hit and Madonna's tenth Hot 100 number one single.
Her performance was heralded by critics as an impressive return to the form she'd hinted at in Desperately Seeking Susan, though her character, "All-The-Way Mae", a libidinous vamp, again seemed to play directly off Madonna's real life. In 1992 Madonna appeared in the Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own which revolved around a women's baseball team. These titles were parodied by the UK TV show In Bed With Medinner and the American TV spoof Medusa: Dare To Be Truthful, which starred former MTV personality Julie Brown. It also showed her softer side as she confronted family members and visited the grave of her mother. Truth or Dare was retitled In Bed with Madonna for its UK release.
In it her personality and private life were explored in intimate detail: the star came across as extremely ambitious, demanding, forthright, sexy and smart. In 1991 Madonna starred in a hit documentary film, Truth or Dare, which chronicled her "Blond Ambition Tour". Sure! and "Justify Satisfy" by D-Melo. The tracks failed to generate much public interest. "To My Donna" by Young Black Teenagers, "Al Will Justify Your Love" by Al B.
The rap community was less forgiving and responded by releasing three "answer records" to Madonna in defense of Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee. Madonna claimed that she was unaware of any deliberate copying and Chavez was later granted a percentage of the song's royalties. The track sampled the Public Enemy instrumental "Security Of The First World". Additional controversy developed when Prince protégé Ingrid Chavez claimed partial songwriting credit for the lyrics of "Justify My Love".
In spite of the controversy and the video's still-standing American TV ban, the "Justify My Love" CD single went on to sell over a million copies (platinum) and the video single has sold over 400,000 copies, qualifying it as quadruple platinum. In response, the video was sold stand-alone on videotape, the first "video single" ever released. The sexual content of the song, coupled with an erotically charged music video, caused MTV, who had been so instrumental in Madonna's early success, to ban it. The latter was co-written by singer Lenny Kravitz.
She included fifteen of her biggest hits and two new songs, both top ten hits, "Rescue Me" and "Justify My Love". The album was dedicated to the Pope, her "divine inspiration". She also released her first greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection towards the end of 1990. The film's soundtrack spawned the huge hit "Vogue", which popularized a dance trend in which people in clubs struck poses like fashion models, and the top ten single "Hanky Panky".
She earned some good reviews for the role though critics pointed out that it continued her tradition of performing well when portraying characters quite similar to herself (in this case, a demanding and powerful vamp). In 1990 she starred as Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy alongside Warren Beatty, whom she also briefly dated. She has responded to these charges by declaring herself to be "an artist", and therefore free to practice her craft in whichever manner she chooses. Her critics have accused her of deliberately manufacturing controversy in order to market herself and thereby sell more albums.
Madonna's career has been continually marked by controversial episodes in which she has outraged various orthodox segments of society. The album was critically well-received and even earned Madonna some credibility as a rock musician: "Till Death Do Us Part" and "Act of Contrition" both featured confessional lyrics and grungy guitar played by Madonna herself, a budding guitarist. Martin sang backing vocals on the Madonna song "Cherish". Madonna wrote the song "Possesive Love" with Patrick Leonard during this period, and it was later recorded by Marilyn Martin on her debut album.
It also featured a duet with singer Prince entitled "Love Song". A single and animated music video for the track "Dear Jessie" was released in Europe and became another top ten hit. The album produced three further American top ten hits — "Express Yourself", "Cherish", and "Keep It Together" — although "Oh Father" only made the top twenty. As the single soared to number one around the world, Madonna thanked them for the publicity.
The video, which also featured burning crosses, was denounced by the Vatican for its "blasphemous" mixture of eroticism and Catholic symbolism, and sparked such controversy that Pepsi Cola, who had paid Madonna 5 million dollars for a commercial endorsement, pulled out of their contract, though Madonna kept her fee. This experience motivates her to identify the real perpetrator, and the falsely accused black man, who resembles the statue, is released. Martin de Porres comes to life and passionately kisses her. She goes into a church where a statue of St.
A black man is falsely accused of the crime and is jailed. The video for the song featured Madonna portraying an apparent streetwalker who witnesses a violent rape and murder. Returning once more to provocative religious imagery, the title track compared the experience of lovemaking to praying. She traded in her closely shorn platinum coif for long, curly black hair and an almost wholesome look for her album Like a Prayer.
Then, in 1989, Madonna once again changed her image. On September 14, 1989 she divorced husband Sean Penn, citing spousal abuse. Critics began to peg Madonna as a thing of the past; her career seemed to be fading fast. She also appeared as Hortense in a film called Bloodhounds of Broadway, which was harshly dismissed by many reviewers.
It failed to sell as well as her previous efforts. That year she also released an album of dance remixes of some of her earlier material entitled You Can Dance. In 1987 Madonna embarked on the "Who's That Girl World Tour" and began her longtime association with backing vocalists and dancers Donna DeLory and Niki Haris. Nevertheless, the soundtrack spawned three hits: the title track, "Causing a Commotion", and "The Look Of Love".
and a minor success in the rest of the world. This coincided with her performance in the film Who's That Girl, which was also a flop in the U.S. She began to pale her face and highlight her beauty spot, replacing her punky bleached blonde hair with a glamorous platinum blonde look reminiscent of her hero Marilyn Monroe. At this point Madonna transformed her image, something that would become a trademark for years to come.
Although the photos were potentially devastating to her career, she shrugged them off (her unfazed response — "So what?" — was immortalized on a Ciccone Youth record sleeve) and they only served to fuel her popularity. They were published in both Penthouse and Playboy magazines. The photos were taken during the early 1980s when she posed for art photographers as a way to make money. Around this time, a number of black and white nude photos of Madonna surfaced. It does not appear on True Blue.
The song "Each Time You Break My Heart" which was written during the recording sessions for this album was donated to actor/model Nick Kamen to record on his debut record. This included the hits "Open Your Heart" (accompanied by a video in which she played a stripper who befriends a young boy), "True Blue" (which was the song chosen for an MTV amateur video-making contest), "Live to Tell", "Where's the Party", "La Isla Bonita" (accompanied by a video in which she played a Spanish woman, the first introduction to the public of her apparent fetish for Latino culture) and "Papa Don't Preach", an anthem about keeping a baby conceived out of wedlock. She co-produced the album with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. Later in the year Madonna released her third hit album, True Blue.
The couple soon earned a reputation for hostility towards the media, thanks to Penn's frequently violent outbursts against the paparazzi. She appeared with him in the 1986 flop Shanghai Surprise, which was unanimously panned by critics. On her 27th birthday (August 16, 1985) Madonna married actor Sean Penn. Her acting generally received negative reviews for the following seven years.
(The role seemed designed chiefly to introduce more top ten hits, namely "Crazy For You" and "Gambler".) She also played a supporting role alongside Rosanna Arquette in the hit film Desperately Seeking Susan, for which she received good reviews. In 1985 she made a brief appearance in the film Vision Quest playing a club singer. Madonna's rapid ascent into the firmament of pop stardom paved the way for her transition to Hollywood. (The "Material Girl" moniker would stay with her for some time.).
The album spawned three Top 10 hits: "Angel" (#5), "Dress You Up" (#5), and "Material Girl" (#2). She aroused further controversy when she appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards singing "Like a Virgin" in a combination wedding dress/bustier, writhing on the floor and revealing her underwear. The album's provocative subject matter (especially the title track) was praised by reviewers and fans. In 1984 she followed her debut with Like a Virgin.
The hit club track "Burning Up" was remixed for release in the UK by DJ Rusty Egan (formerly of the new romantic group Visage). The album was a smash hit, and catapulted Madonna into instant stardom. Former boyfriend/producer and remixer DJ John Jellybean Benitez was instrumental at this time of her career. Other hit singles included "Borderline", "Lucky Star", and "Everybody". In 1983 her self-titled debut album Madonna was released, and the first hit "Holiday" topped the charts around the world.
Her bleached blonde hair (with black roots), sexy lace gloves, lingerie on the outside and "Boy Toy" belt buckle were soon all the rage in malls and schoolyards across America. A playful and sexy combination of punk and pop culture, Madonna became a quick fixture on the network. Thanks to the advent of MTV, however, her label was able to aggressively market Madonna's image. This led many listeners to believe that she was, in fact, black.
Her first single "Everybody" produced by Mark Kamins was released without her photo on the jacket. Five years later, Madonna's version finally surfaced on the B-side of the "True Blue" single, though it has never appeared on any of her albums. Her demo song, "Ain't No Big Deal", was written by frequent Madonna collaborator Stephen Bray, and was shelved for several years since it had just been recorded and released by the Epic Records group Barracuda. Madonna scored her first recording deal in 1982 while sitting on the corner of the bed of an ailing Sire Records music executive.
She eventually penned a number of songs that brought her local fame in gay dance clubs such as Danceteria. She appeared in a short film called A Certain Sacrifice and joined several punk-pop bands including Breakfast Club and Emmy. She received a dance scholarship and attended the University of Michigan for two years but quit and moved to the Corona, Queens district of New York in 1978 to pursue dance and acting professionally. She took classes in piano and ballet, and was an active participant in a variety of artistic activities at school.
Madonna lost her mother to cancer when she was five years old. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan, USA, she was raised in a large Italian American and French Canadian (both were devout Catholic) family in the Detroit suburb of Rochester. She has had a long career that has been marked by success and controversy. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (born August 16, 1958), simply known by the stage name Madonna, is a pop singer considered by many to be the queen of popular music.
2005 Lotsa de Casha. 2004 The Adventures of Abdi. 2004 Yakov and the Seven Thieves. 2003 Mr Peabody's Apples.
2003 The English Roses. 1994 Girlie Show. 1992 Sex. 2005 Hello, Sucker.
2002 Swept Away. 2002 Die Another Day. 2001 Star. 2000 The Next Best Thing.
1996 Evita. 1996 Girl 6. 1995 Blue In The Face. 1995 Four Rooms.
1993 Body Of Evidence. 1993 Dangerous Game. 1992 Shadows And Fog. 1992 A League Of Their Own.
1991 Truth or Dare. 1990 Dick Tracy. 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway. 1987 Who's That Girl?.
1986 Shanghai Surprise. 1985 Vision Quest. 1985 Desperately Seeking Susan. 1979 A Certain Sacrifice.
2004 Re-Invention World Tour. 2001 Drowned World Tour. 1994 The Girlie Show. 1990 Blond Ambition Tour.
1987 Who's That Girl Tour. 1985 The Virgin Tour. 1982 "Everybody". 1983 "Burning Up".
1983 "Holiday" #16 US; #6 UK (1984 release), #2 UK (1985 re-entry). 1984 "Borderline" #10 US; #2 UK (1986 release). 1984 "Lucky Star" #4 US; #14 UK. 1984 "Like a Virgin" #1 US; #3 UK.
1985 "Material Girl" #2 US; #3 UK. 1985 "Crazy for You" #1 US; #2 UK. 1985 "Angel" #5 US; #5 UK. 1985 "Into the Groove" (non-US release) #1 UK.
1985 "Dress You Up" #5 US; #5 UK. 1985 "Gambler" (from soundtrack) #4 UK. 1985 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Japan-only release). 1986 "Live to Tell" #1 US; #2 UK.
1986 "Papa Don't Preach" #1 US; #1 UK. 1986 "True Blue" #3 US; #1 UK. 1986 "Open Your Heart" #1 US; #4 UK. 1986 "La Isla Bonita" #4 US; #1 UK.
1987 "Who's That Girl" #1 US; #1 UK. 1987 "Causing a Commotion" #2 US; #4 UK. 1987 "The Look Of Love" (non-US release) #9 UK. 1987 "Spotlight" (Japan-only release).
1989 "Like a Prayer" #1 US; #1 UK. 1989 "Express Yourself" #2 US; #5 UK. 1989 "Cherish" #2 US; #3 UK. 1989 "Oh Father" (US-only release) #20 US.
1989 "Dear Jessie" (non-US release) #5 UK. 1990 "Keep It Together" (US-only release) #8 US. 1990 "Vogue" #1 US; #1 UK. 1990 "Hanky Panky" #10 US; #2 UK.
1990 "Justify My Love" #1 US; #2 UK. 1991 "Crazy for You" (UK release) #2 UK. 1991 "Holiday" (UK release) #5 UK. 1991 "Rescue Me" #9 US; #3 UK.
1992 "This Used to be My Playground" #1 US; #3 UK. 1993 "Erotica" #3 US; #3 UK. 1993 "Deeper and Deeper" #7 US; #6 UK. 1993 "Bad Girl" #36 US; #10 UK.
1993 "Fever" (non-US release) #6 UK. 1993 "Rain" #14 US; #7 UK. 1993 "Bye Bye Baby" (non-US release). 1994 "I'll Remember" #2 US; #7 UK.
1994 "Secret" #3 US; #5 UK. 1994 "Take a Bow" #1 US; #16 UK. 1995 "Bedtime Story" #42 UK; #4 UK. 1995 "Human Nature" #46 US; #8 UK.
1995 "You'll See" #6 US; #5 UK. 1995 "Veras" (Latin promo release). 1995 "Oh Father" (non-US release) #16 UK. 1996 "One More Chance" #11 UK.
1996 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Remix). 1996 "You Must Love Me" #18 US; #10 UK. 1996 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" #8 US; #3 UK. 1997 "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (non-US release) #7 UK.
1997 "Buenos Aires" (club promo only release). 1998 "Frozen" #2 US; #1 UK. 1998 "Ray of Light" #5 US; #2 UK. 1998 "Drowned World/Substitute For Love" (non-US release) #10 UK.
1998 "The Power of Good-Bye" #11 US; #6 UK. 1999 "Nothing Really Matters" #7 UK. 1999 "Beautiful Stranger" #19 US; #2 UK. 2000 "American Pie" #29 US; #1 UK.
2000 "Music" #1 US; #1 UK. 2000 "Don't Tell Me" #4 US; #4 UK. 2001 "What It Feels Like For A Girl" #23 US; #7 UK. 2001 "Impressive Instant" (club promo only release).
2001 "GHV2 Megamix" (club promo only release). 2002 "Die Another Day" #8 US; #3 UK. 2003 "American Life" #37 US; #2 UK. 2003 "Hollywood" #2 UK.
2003 "Me Against The Music" (from Britney Spears' In The Zone) #35 US, #2 UK. 2003 "Nobody Knows Me" (club promo only release). 2003 "Nothing Fails" (US release). 2003 "Love Profusion" #11 UK.
(None of these albums were counted as "Madonna releases" and don't affect her sales or chart history.). 1998 In The Beginning (contains the same tracks as Pre-Madonna). 1996 Pre-Madonna [no singles]. 1989 The Early Years [no singles].
2002 Music from the MGM Motion Picture "Die Another Day" ("Die Another Day"). 2000 Music from the Motion Picture "The Next Best Thing" ("American Pie", "Time Stood Still"). 1999 Music from the Motion Picture "Austin Powers — The Spy Who Shagged Me" ("Beautiful Stranger"). 1996 Evita — The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack #2 US, #1 UK, US sales: 5,000,000.
1994 Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack "With Honors" ("I'll Remember"). 1992 A League Of Their Own ( "This Used To Be My Playground"). 1990 I'm Breathless — Music From And Inspired By The Film "Dick Tracy" #2 US, #2 UK, US sales: 2,200,000. 1987 Who's That Girl — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack #7 US, #4 UK, US sales: 1,400,000.
1985 Vision Quest ("Gambler", "Crazy For You"). featuring the unreleased track "Your Honesty", the live "Like A Virgin"/"Hollywood" medley from the MTV VMA's in 2003, and rock and roll versions of American Life singles) #115 US. 2003 Remixed & Revisited (E.P. 2001 GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2 #7 US, #2 UK, US sales: 1,300,000.
1995 Something To Remember #6 US, #3 UK, US sales: 3,200,000. 1990 The Immaculate Collection #2 US, #1 UK, US sales: 10,500,000. 1987 You Can Dance #14 US, #5 UK, US sales: 1,800,000. 2003 American Life #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 1,000,000.
2000 Music #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 3,300,000. 1998 Ray Of Light #2 US, #1 UK, US sales: 4,500,000. 1994 Bedtime Stories #3 US, #2 UK, US sales: 2,800,000. 1992 Erotica #2 US, #2 UK, US sales: 2,200,000.
1989 Like A Prayer #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 4,200,000. 1986 True Blue #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 8,000,000. 1984 Like A Virgin #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 10,100,000. 1983 Madonna [released outside America as: The First Album] #8 US, #6 UK, US sales: 5,100,000.
On an episode of ABC's Life of Luxury Madonna was named the richest female singer in the world with an estimated $613 million net worth. It made $50,047,179 at the domestic box office and $91,000,000 overseas for an impressive world wide box office total of $141,047,179. Madonna's Evita was the highest grossing movie-musical of the 1990's. Records, more money than any other recording artist's record label.
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On MTV's hit show Celebrity Deathmatch Madonna fought (and defeated) Michael Jackson in a battle royale between the "King and Queen of Pop". Her father, Silvio (aka Tony), operates the award-winning Ciccone Vineyard & Winery (http://www.cicconevineyards.com/) in Suttons Bay, Michigan, her native state. Revealed that Sean Penn was the greatest love of her life in the documentary Truth or Dare. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was apparently the first choice but decided against it.
Designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul and Linda, was Matron of Honor at Madonna's second wedding. Has an IQ of 140. Was offered Meryl Streep's role in Music of the Heart, Michelle Pfeiffer's role in The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Sharon Stone's role in Casino but turned them down; they were all nominated for Oscars for these roles. Has been condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs.
Performed with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe. Her own record label, Maverick Records, was responsible for the success of such stars as Alanis Morissette, Deftones, Me'shell Ndegeocello and Michelle Branch. Is distantly related to Canadian superstar Céline Dion. He designed the furniture in former President Bill Clinton's Harlem office.
This was a reference to her brother, whose nickname is also "Pope". He was also heavily involved in the staging of Madonna's 1990 ("Blond Ambition") and 1993 ("The Girlie Show") world tours and appears in the "Blond Ambition" tour documentary Truth or Dare. She dedicated her first greatest hits collection The Immaculate Collection to "the Pope, my divine inspiration". Brother Christopher Ciccone is an interior designer to the stars. One anagram of the letters in "Madonna Louise Ciccone" is "occasional nude income".
Her confirmation name was Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna is commonly referred to as the "Queen of Pop".