Madonna

Madonna

  • Birthday: 1958-08-16
  • Place of birth: Bay City, Michigan, USA
  • Also know as: Madonna Louise Ciccone

Biography

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone) is a recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums in which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes". Critics have praised Madonna for her diverse musical productions while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for religious controversy. Her career was further enhanced by film appearances that began in 1979, despite mixed commentary. She won critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in Evita (1996), but has received harsh feedback for other film roles. Madonna's other ventures include being a fashion designer, children's book author, film director and producer. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, and in 2007, she signed an unprecedented US $120 million contract with Live Nation. Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States, behind Barbra Streisand, with 64 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the Billboard chart. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. On May 4, 2024, with a free concert which was live streamed at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in front of 1.6 million people, Madonna broke the record for the most attended stand-alone concert by any artist, and the all-time highest attended concert by a female artist.

Filmography

Four Rooms

1995

As Elspeth

The Next Best Thing

2000

As Abbie Reynolds

Body of Evidence

1993

As Rebeca Carlson

A League of Their Own

1992

As Mae Mordabito (CF)

Blue in the Face

1995

As Singing Telegram

Evita

1996

As Eva Perón

Who's That Girl

1987

As Nikki Finn

Swept Away

2002

As Amber Leighton

Live 8

2005

As Self

Die Another Day

2002

As Verity

Live Aid

1985

As Self

Madonna: The Confessions Tour

2006

As Self - Lead Vocals & Guitar

Dangerous Game

1993

As Sarah Jennings

Bloodhounds of Broadway

1989

As Hortense Hathaway

Shanghai Surprise

1986

As Gloria Tatlock

Hope for Haiti Now

2010

As Self

Madonna: Live at Paris Olympia

2012

As Self - Performer

Madonna: MDNA World Tour

2013

As Self - Guitar and Vocals

A Certain Sacrifice

1985

As Bruna

Madonna Exposed

1993

As Self (archive footage)

Shadows and Fog

1991

As Marie

Sex

1992

As Herself

I Am Because We Are

2008

As Self / Narrator (voice)

Star

2001

As Star

The Egg

1974

As The Egg Girl

Arthur and the Invisibles

2006

As Princess Selenia (voice)

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour

2016

As Self - Guitar, Ukulele & Vocals

Strike a Pose

2016

As Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Torrance Rises

1999

As Self

Basquiat: Rage to Riches

2017

As Self (archive footage)

The Undefeated

2011

As Self (archive footage)

Britney: For the Record

2008

As Self (uncredited)

Dick Tracy

1990

As Breathless Mahoney

Vision Quest

1985

As Singer

Secret Project Revolution

2013

As Self / Narrator (voice)

Girl 6

1996

As Boss #3

Are All Men Pedophiles?

2013

As Herself (archive footage)

Bert Stern: Original Madman

2011

As Self (archive footage)

The Material Boy

2015

As Herself (archive footage)

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

2018

As Self (archive footage)

Warren Beatty - Mister Hollywood

2015

As Self (archive footage)

The Universe of Keith Haring

2008

As Self (archive footage)

Electric Blue 27

1988

As Herself (segment "Celebrity Nude")

Madonna and the Breakfast Club

2019

As Self (archive footage)

Debbie Harry: Atomic Blondie

2018

As Self (archive footage)

Music Videos That Defined the 00’s

2019

As Self (archive footage)

Uncle Howard

2017

As Self (archive footage)

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert

2020

As Self (archive footage)

Madonna: Goddess of Pop

2012

As Self (archive footage)

Madonna: Madame X

2021

As Self - Performer

Britney Spears: In The Zone

2003

As Self (archive footage)

Madonna at the BBC

2021

As Self

The Righteous Babes

1998

As Self (archive footage)

Fathers and Songs: Music for Father's Day

2013

As Self (archive footage)

Demokratie unter Druck – Europa vor der Wahl

2019

As Self - Singer (archive footage)

Kylie Minogue V The Bee Gees

2022

As Self (archive footage)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, artiste absolu

2022

As Self (Archive footage)

Beastie Boys Story

2020

As Self (archive footage)

In France with Madonna

2022

As Self (archive footage)

Rodman: For Better or Worse

2019

As Self (archive footage)

The A-Z of Eurovision

2020

As Self - Performer (Archive Footage)

The Greatest Night in Pop

2024

As Self (archive footage)

Propaganda

2013

As Self (archive footage)

Madonna: Move to the Music

2021

As Self (archive footage)

Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution

2024

As Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

Junket Whore

1998

As Self

Production

Madonna: Truth or Dare

1991

As Executive Producer

Agent Cody Banks

2003

As Executive Producer

Filth and Wisdom

2008

As Director

Filth and Wisdom

2008

As Screenplay

30 Days Until I'm Famous

2004

As Executive Producer

W.E.

2011

As Writer

W.E.

2011

As Director

W.E.

2011

As Producer

I Am Because We Are

2008

As Executive Producer

I Am Because We Are

2008

As Writer

Secret Project Revolution

2013

As Director

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

2004

As Executive Producer

Die Another Day

2002

As Theme Song Performance

I'm Going to Tell You a Secret

2005

As Executive Producer

Madonna: Madame X

2021

As Writer

Madonna: Madame X

2021

As Producer

With Honors

1994

As Theme Song Performance

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special

1991

As Executive Producer

Sex

1992

As Executive Producer

Beautiful Stranger

2023

As Songs

Who's That Girl

0000

As Writer

Who's That Girl

0000

As Director

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