Madonna is one of the most famous and influential entertainers in history. Her career has spanned 30 years and ranges from music, acting, and entrepreneurship. Her birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone and she was born August 16th, 1958 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. From an early age, Madonna got attention from her teachers and peers for wearing unusual clothing and exhibitionism.
She was a straight a student in high school and a cheerleader. After high school, Madonna received a scholarship to study dance at the University of Michigan. She left the university in 1977 in order to pursue a dancing career in New York City. She arrived with just $35 and supported herself by working at a Dunkin' Donuts while performing with dance troupes. Madonna was in a couple rock bands before setting off as a solo artist.
After signing a deal for a single with Sire Records, her debut "Everybody" became a hit. This led to a record contract and she became a sensation. During the 80s, Madonna not only infiltrated the music charts, but also the world of style with her fishnets and bleached hair.
She also starred in several films such as "Desperately Seeking Susan" and proved herself a capable actress as well as singer. Madonna retained an image as a sexual icon until the late 1990s when she began to present a more serious side of herself. She played the role of Eva Peron in the 1996 musical "Evita" to critical acclaim. From 1985 to 1989, Madonna was married to Sean Penn. In 2000, she married Guy Ritchie and they had two children together before divorcing in 2008. Now that Madonna is in her 52s, she is still gaining attention for her great appearance and business intelligence as she constantly redefines herself in the entertainment industry.