Born: August 16, 1958, Bay City, Michigan, USA
Height: 5' 4"
Husband: Guy Ritchie (December 22, 2000 - present)
Children: Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (b. 10.14.96) (Father: Carlos Leon) Rocco Ritchie (b. 8.11.00)
"I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want... if that makes me a bitch - okay!"
When hardass parents snap
Madonna, famous for being the most strict parent ever, (She forbids her 12 year-old from watching PG movies) decided to throw caution to the wind this week.
Madonna is not so perfect after all. Turns out she took a lesson from Britney Spears' Guide to Parenting and was caught riding in her Escalade with her 17-month-old son David on her lap. A source says:
"There was no car seat," "She sat in the middle row, and they left with David on her lap." Reps for the legendary singer/children's book author tell Us that "proper security measures are always taken for Madonna's children."
Madonna began with aspirations to be a ballerina. She moved from Michigan to New York in 1977 and began studying under acclaimed choreographer Alvin Ailey. After performing in a number of pop/dance outfits including the Patrick Hernandez Revue, The Breakfast Club and Emmy, she was signed to Sire in 1982 as a solo performer.
Her first single, "Everybody," became a club and dance hit at the end of 1982; her second single, 1983's "Physical Attraction," was another club hit. In June 1983 she had her third club hit with the bubbly "Holiday," which was written by Jellybean Benitez. Madonna's eponymous debut album was released in the fall of 1983; "Holiday" became her first Top 40 hit the following month. "Borderline" became her first Top 10 hit in March 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 consecutive Top 10 hits. While her single "Lucky Star" was climbing to No. 4, Madonna began working on her first starring role in a feature film, Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan.
Madonna's second album, Like a Virgin, started a frenzy in the United States, fueled by a slew of sexy videos and scores of young minions aping her style called "Madonna wannabes." Her image exploded, selling millions of records on the back of hits like, "Material Girl" and "Crazy For You." In August 1987 she wed actor Sean Penn, however, the brief, tumultuous marriage ended in 1989.
At the beginning of 1987, she had her fifth No.1 single with "Open Your Heart," her third No.1 song from the album True Blue alone. Like a Prayer, released in the spring of 1989, was her most ambitious album, incorporating elements of pop, rock and dance.
Her work in film also continued to be successful. Madonna landed a co-starring role in Warren Beatty's 1990 remake of Dick Tracy. Truth or Dare, a documentary of the Blonde Ambition tour, was released to positive reviews and strong ticket sales at the end of 1991 and in 1992 Madonna had a feature role in A League of Their Own, the box office blockbuster directed by Penny Marshall.
Later that year, Madonna put out her seventh album, the controversial Erotica, which accompanied her first book, Sex. The album sold more than two million copies. Bedtime Stories, released in 1994, was a more subdued affair than Erotica. The album produced the Babyface collaboration "Take a Bow," which spent seven weeks at No. 1.
In 1995 Madonna began lobbying for the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. She won the coveted role of Evita Peron and received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her work in the film. The Evita soundtrack featured a dance remix of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and the newly-written "You Must Love Me," which both became hits.
Something to Remember, a collection of Madonna's hit ballads plus three new tracks, was released in November 1995 to critical raves.
In 1996 Madonna gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Lourdes. But she proved that maternity did not slow her down with the release of Ray of Light in early 1998. The album featured 13-tracks of electronica-influenced dance music mixed by British DJ William Orbit.
2000 turned out to be a banner year for Madonna. In August, she announced the birth of her son, Rocco Ritchie, fathered by her current flame, English film director Guy Ritchie. The next month, "Music," the debut single from her album of the same name (released in late September), became her 12th number one single in the U.S. On December 22, Ritchie and Madonna married at Skibo Castle in Scotland.