Madonna, early days and career bio


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August 16, 1958 Bay City, Michigan as Madonna Louise Ciccone to Silvio "Tony" Ciccone who was a first generation Italian American, and to mother Madonna Louise, who was French Canadian by descent. Her mother died when Madonna was five years old. 

Madonna in the Early Years

In high school it was already becoming evident that Madonna would not fit neatly into any one pigeonhole: she was a cheerleader with straight-A grades. College didn't prove exciting enough, so in 1977 she dropped out and moved to New York City for a career in dance. That in turn led to a job at Dunkin' Donuts. It looked like she was on her way to becoming an immaterial girl, but in reality it was more like the lull before the storm.Madonna's first album titled Madonna

Her first single was released in 1982, followed by a first album called Madonna the next year. It sold 8 million copies. Taking a chance, she quit Dunkin' Donuts. When her next album Like a Virgin sold 21 million copies she let out a sigh of relief, and knew she made the right choice.

Madonna in Recent Years

Setting a remarkable example of physical endurance, Madonna still goes on long tours with song, dance and profusion of spectacle. In between, she stays invovled with world events, meeting with people like Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and donating $500,000 to victims of the earthquake on April 6, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy. That's probably more than most of us contributed.

Surprisingly after all of that, it seems to be her family affairs that still garner the most public attention. She had daughter Lola with her personal trainer Carlos Leon, then had son Rocco with film director Guy Ritchie, whom she married and then divorced. Yet the most controversial thing she has done seems to swirl around the adoption of a sickly boy from poor conditions in the African country of Malawi. Madonna went to that country in 2006 to help build an orphanage. While there, she became attached to one-year old David and adopted him. No sooner had she left the country than there was an outcry that she had not lived in the country a full year, so she could not adopt. There is an old saying about "no good deed goes unpunished." That seems to be the case here.

Madonna, her children, her family

Madonna, her children, her family

Madonna, her children, her family

It is not known if Madonna intends to respond to the emails from young men all around the world with their "adopt me" offers. Maybe you just never know unless you try.

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