Lady Madonna was born in Bay City, (near Detroit), Michigan on the 16th of August 1958. Her full birth name, Madonna Louise Ciccone, reflects her patrilineal Italian ancestry (of which she proudly identifies with). As an eldest daughter who lost her mother very early in life, (when she was only five), she quickly learnt how to take control of events around her. Childhood was good, peaceful, but not full of rosy tales. In her late teens, she affirmed her future-designs as an entertainer by enrolling (as a dancer) with the then Breakfast Club, (a relatively successful New York City-based pop outfit).
With patience, determination, and unfathomed perseverance, fortune smiled on her in the early 1980s, when she first proclaimed herself with a self-titled album, "Madonna", in 1983. A series of other consolidating top-hits followed: heralding what would turnout to be an evergreen career in showbiz.
Madonna no doubt remains one of the most consistent female artists of all time: her evocative and often controversial dispositions notwithstanding. She has won virtually every award that mattered in music. Her preferred style includes uncanny ways of blending erotism and religion. She is (what I will call) a wide angle performer. Still, the success that has so defined her musical career has almost remained elusive in her acting roles. Many people blame ‘misplaced flair of sexuality' for that. Others (including me) claim that she acts well, but want her to focus solely on churning-out perennial hits: as we (her spoilt fans) have grown accustomed to. The reality may not be farfetched from either boundary. But the choice is hers alone!
Madonna's private/domestic life is everything but private. Yes, both the tabloids and the paparazzis hunt her day and night. Some mainstream media pursue her too. She is their (unwilling but remarkably understanding) meal ticket. They will do anything to perturb her. And, this sort of overexposure can haunt and hurt severely. It strains normal countenance. It also contributed to her failed attempt to hasten the adoption of her second child from Malawi. Meanwhile, her motherhood qualities remain unquestionable. Even her worst critics acknowledge her unyielding dedication to all her children. Yes, she may jump around the stage all night, (sporting only bra and panties), but her morning often dawns with a new leaf. It's always time to exhibit love and devotion to her family. She is not perfect; (and so are we). But, she deserves kudos for steadfastly trying to make-up any lost ground. Call her maMadonna, if you like!
Widely known as ‘Material Girl', let it be known that Madonna is silently generous. She anonymously supports uncountable charities (in various capacities) all around the globe. This has been a latent side of her life. Of course, she thinks wildly, looks wildly, and acts wildly whenever it mattered in her trade. But deep in the inner recess of her soul, lies one of the sanest and smartest minds the entertainment industry has ever produced. Lady Madonna basks in all weather. She thrives in every stage. And above all, she makes singing seem effortless. She truly worth her weight in gold!
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Born near Detroit, Madonna Ciccone was the eldest daughter of eight children. Exhibiting a flair for showbiz at a young age, she signed up for artistic outlets such as school shows, the cheerleading squad, piano lessons, and ballet classes. Her dancing skills earned her a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan but in 1978, she grew impatient for stardom, dropped out, and moved to New York.
A series of low-wage jobs ensued before Madonna landed some short-lived gigs with the acclaimed dance troupes of Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham. Her attention eventually wavered away from dance to music and she joined a succession of small-time bands. During the early eighties, she first tried her hand at writing songs and gradually learned to play guitar and piano. Landing gigs singing at local dance clubs, she attracted considerable attention for her boogie-inducing tunes and her enthusiastic, naughty stage presence. In 1982, a star DJ gave Madonna her big break: he created a club-scene hit from one of her demo singles, "Everybody," introduced the budding performer to Warner Bros. executives and was promptly signed.
Madonna's debut album was released in 1983 and tracks from it became must-plays in New York's nightclubs. The record's first single, "Holiday," made the leap from dance-floor turntables to airplay by inner-city radio stations and into America's Top 20 chart. In quick succession, "Lucky Star" and "Borderline" ...