Queen of the Island, she created the Island with her voice. Her name became a sensation, and she became an era, which led the world to ‘Take A Bow’ before her. ‘The Material Girl’ and ‘Queen Of POP,’ we are celebrating her name. Madonna Louise Ciccone, the American singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman; we call her as Madonna! Let’s give a ‘Ray Of Light’ to some facts about her:
1. Madonna Of Bay City
Madonna was born on November 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan. She caused a controversy calling her town “Little smelly town in northern Michigan” in national television. But this was just half the truth, followed up saying that she has got great affection for her town.
2. Like Mother Like Daughter
Madonna is one of the six children of her parents. She was named after her mother ‘Madonna Louise’ who died of breast cancer when little Madonna was five. To differ her with her mother, the family called her ‘Little Nonnie.’
3. A Brilliant Student
Madonna was a straight-A student, and she got a dance scholarship from ‘The University of Michigan.’ She says she used to get good grades because she wanted to get out of her town and be somebody.
4. Her $35 Story
When Madonna was 18, she left Detroit and moved to New York with just $35 in her pocket. That is what she says.
5. Dismissed From Job
Before earning fame, she used to make extra cash by selling ‘Dunkin Donuts’ in New York’s Time Square. But the job did not last for long as she was dismissed for squirting doughnut jelly at the customer. Once, she also posed in nude photography for art students for $30.
6. Not Enough For A Star
When Madonna moved to New York, she had to face years of struggle. She decided to audition for the musical theatre, where she heard the pay was good. She had no training singing. So, she was rejected from every audition.
7. From Band To Going Solo
After several attempts, she finally got selected as a backup dancer and singer for French disco artist Patrick Hernandez in 1979. She formed ‘Breakfast club’ with Dan Gilroy. Throughout the year, she made several bands including Madonna & The Sky, The Millionaires and Emmy until someone from Sire Records heard her and gave her, her first solo break.
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8. Song That Never Would Have Happened
Her first single was ‘Everybody’ that came out on October 6, 1982. ‘Holiday’ was her first single that hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Madonna found out that a song she had recorded called “Ain’t No Big Deal” had already gone to disco act Barracuda, so the track was no longer an option. Holiday picked from scrap became the replacement.
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9. Advertisement That Barely Aired
Madonna once made an advertisement with Coca Cola, that barely aired. It was time when the music video of ‘Like A Prayer’ was released that was shot in catholic church. The scenes were too explicit, for a church and hurt the religious sentiments of the people. The advertisement had to be stopped. She still got $5 million for her work.
10. The Inspirer Of 80s Look
She has the credit of inspiring 80s fashion with her unique look. Thick lace tops, lots of bracelets, fishnets, crucifixes were the work of Maripol, an artist, film producer, and a stylist.
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11. Madonna As An Actor
Her appearance in an obscure indie art film A Certain Sacrifice from 1979 was unpromising. Her movie debut marks in 1985’s ‘Vision Quest,’ in which she had a cameo as a club singer. Her first starring movie was ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985. She has won the award for the Best Actress performance in Golden Globe for Evita in 1996. She has been credited in more than 100 movies and Tv shows.
12. Best! So Comes The Worst
Winning award for the worst actor is not enough. She also has won the Razzies (Golden Raspberry Award) for the worst actress.
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13. Madonna Not In Walk Of Fame
In 1990, Madonna was nominated for star walk of fame, but she turned it down.
14. Marriage Is Always A Chaos
Dealing with marriage is not always that easy. She had been wife of Sean Penn from 1985 to 1989 and Guy Richie from 2000 to 2008. Apart from that, she has dated numerous personalities.
15. Madonna And Happy Mother
She is the proud mother of six children. Her biological daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, and adopted children David and Mercy and twins Esterre and Stella.
16. A Strict Vegan
Madonna is a strict vegetarian since the age of 15. In an interview, she said that she fights her cravings to eat unhealthy food. She avoids oily and too cheesy.
17. Author Madonna
Despite being an actor and singer, Madonna is also an author of notable books. Most famous being ‘English Roses’, children book and most popular one being ‘Erotica.’
18. I Worship You
Madonna was believed to be Jewish by the religious practices she does. She is a Catholic by birth; she expressed her belief to be rather of an Israelite than a Jewish. She believes that what she practices is deeper than religion and that embodies all the religion including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
19. Name Is Mine
For years, a porn company was using madonna.com as its domain name. Madonna had to file a lawsuit against the company to get her name back.
20. Neat Freak Madonna
Madonna is a neat freak. So neat freak that once she appointed the DNA team, to completely remove all her DNA from the room.
21. Vogue Woman
Vogue by Madonna is the last minute song that was never meant to single but ended up being the most iconic song of the diva. Apart from that, the speciality of the song is that it features the name of 16 Hollywood icons. What’s most fascinating is that all of the Icons in the song she mentions are dead.
22. The Celeb Gene Pool
Madonna is said to have been sharing the same gene pool with Celine Dion and Hillary Clinton.
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23. Pope And Madonna
Madonna is a religious person and so does she respect Pope Francis. In a concert, she once even dedicated “Like A Virgin” to Pope. But it seems that the Pope doesn’t like the lady; he asked Christians not to attend her Blond Ambition Tour. He ended up cancelling one her of the tours in Rome.
24. Music Video That Wasn’t Broadcasted
Some of Madonna’s music videos struck so much of controversies for its contents that they were banned by MTV. Some of them include What It Feels Like For a Girl, Erotica, Justify My Love, and Like a Prayer.
25. AKA Madonna
Madonna is often named as M, Mo, Maddy and even Nonnie. Out of which she hates the name called ‘Madge,’ which people widely call her as. In an interview, she blurted out to not to call her by that name as her ex-husband used to call her that. It makes her feel “boring and middle-aged.” She even gave herself a Hebrew name “Esther.”
26. Achievements Of The Queen
Leaving her controversies aside, she has had the most successful careers of all female artists. She has been inducted in Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame 3 times. She has won 7 Grammy Awards, 20 Music Videos Awards include one Video Vanguard Award in 1986 becoming the first female artist to win that.
27. Queen Goes In Guinness Book
Madonna holds a total of ten records in Guinness Book Of World Records including best selling female artist and most successful female solo artist.
28. $590 Million Girl
Madonna’s net worth in 2018 calculated as $590 in 2018 in the list of World’s Richest Self-Made Woman.
29. Her Name Will Live Forever In Organism
Echiniscus Madonnae or Water Bear is named in honour of Madonna. It is a species of water-dwelling organism. It can live in the worst conditions without water or food. Sounds similar to somebody’s character.