Madonna

16 Aug 1958

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone ; August 16, 1958) is an American recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums in which she found immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes". Critics have praised Madonna for her diverse musical productions while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for religious controversy.

Her career was further enhanced by film appearances that began in 1979, despite mixed commentary. She won critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in Evita (1996), but has received harsh feedback for other film roles. Madonna's other ventures include being a fashion designer, children's book author, film director and producer. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, and in 2007, she signed an unprecedented US $120 million contract with Live Nation.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States, behind Barbra Streisand, with 64 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the Billboard chart. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry.

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Filmography (24 titles)

(movie, 2013)
···Madonna: MDNA World Tour
Genre: Music
With: Madonna
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 2011)
···W.E.
Genre: Drama, Romance
By: Madonna
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2011)
···W.E.
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
By: Madonna
Role: Director
(movie, 2010)
···Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 2008)
···Filth and Wisdom
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
By: Madonna
Role: Director
(movie, 2006)
···Arthur et les Minimoys
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Princess Selenia (english voice))
(movie, 2003)
···Agent Cody Banks
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Role: Producer
(movie, 2003)
···In the Zone
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 2002)
···Die Another Day
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Verity)
(movie, 2002)
···Swept Away
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Amber Leighton)
(movie, 2000)
···The Next Best Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Abbie Reynolds)
(movie, 1996)
···Evita
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Role: Actor (as Eva PerĂ³n)
(movie, 1996)
···Girl 6
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Boss #3)
(movie, 1995)
···Blue in the Face
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Singing Telegram)
(movie, 1993)
···Body of Evidence
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rebeca Carlson)
(movie, 1993)
···Dangerous Game
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sarah Jennings)
(movie, 1992)
···A League of Their Own
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Mae Mordabito)
(movie, 1991)
···Shadows and Fog
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Marie)
(movie, 1990)
···Dick Tracy
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Breathless Mahoney)
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Herself)
(movie, 1989)
···Bloodhounds of Broadway
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Hortense Hathaway)
(movie, 1987)
···Who's That Girl
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Nikki Finn)
(movie, 1985)
···Desperately Seeking Susan
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Susan)