BIOGRAPHY: Born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. was the third of six children in a Catholic family. Him mather died of breast cancer when Madonna was five years old. Her father moved the family to Pontiac, Michigan, and he married one of the women hired to care for the Ciccone household. The adjustment was difficult for Madonna as the eldest daughter. As a teenager she discovered her love and talent for dancing, an activity she pursued under the direction and leadership of Christopher Flynn, her private ballet instructor. Madonna worked hard and played hard as well. She graduated early from high school and was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan.
Increasing popularity and criticism In 1987 a movie starring Madonna called Who's That Girl was largely ignored, but the accompanying soundtrack and concert tour were successful. Other films featuring Madonna include Shanghai Surprise (1986), Dick Tracy (1989). “Each work kept the press and critics focused on her”
Money machine She signed a sixty million dollar contract with Time-Warner, which included her own record company (under the Maverick label) and called for her to make videos, films, books, merchandise, and more than six albums.
Discography 1983: MADONNA 1984: LIKE A VIRGIN 1986: TRUE BLUE 1989: LIKE A PRAYER 1992: EROTICA 1994: BEDTIME 1998: RAY OF LIGHT 2000: MUSIC 2003: AMERICAN LIFE 2005: CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR 2008: HARD CANDY