Madonna

Singer, Actor, Dancer
In 1983, when TV host Dick Clark asked the then 25-year-old pop music newcomer Madonna where she wanted to be in 20 years, she replied cockily that she wanted to "rule the world. " It actually took something closer to a ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1958 in Bay City, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (100)

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Going To Tell You A Secret 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

20/20 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Super Bowl XLVI 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Marriage Ref 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Universe of Keith Haring 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I Am Because We Are 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Selenia (Actor)

The 2005 MTV Europe Music Video Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual TRL Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Stardom With Missy Elliott 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Bash 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna Speaks 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna: On Stage & On the Record 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Snoop to the Extreme 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Herself)

Swept Away 2002 (Movie)

Amber Leighton (Actor)

Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Popstars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Dance Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna's Music 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Abbie (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Paris Fashion Collections 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna Rising 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Evita 1996 (Movie)

Eva 'Evita' Peron (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Boss No 3 (Actor)

The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Singing Telegram Girl (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Elspeth (Actor)

The 1995 BRIT Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna -- Live Down Under: "The Girlie Show" 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

Rebecca Carlson (Actor)

Dangerous Game 1993 (Movie)

Sarah Jennings (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Mae Mordabito (Actor)

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Dance Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Sex in the '90s 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Truth Or Dare 1991 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Breathless Mahoney (Actor)

Madonna -- Live! Blond Ambition World Tour 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Hortense Hathaway (Actor)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

Nikki Finn (Actor)

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Shanghai Surprise 1986 (Movie)

Gloria Tatlock (Actor)

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

(special appearance) (Actor)

A Certain Sacrifice 1978 (Movie)

Bruna (Actor)

Madonna (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna: Exposed (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer
Music (56)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

("Masterpiece") (Song)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

("Masterpiece") (Song Performer)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Ray Of Light") (Song Performer)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Ray Of Light") (Song)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

("Secret Garden") (Song Performer)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

("Secret Garden") (Song)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

("4 Minutes") (Song Performer)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

("4 Minutes") (Song)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song Performer)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song Performer)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

("Ray of Light") (Song Performer)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

("Ray of Light") (Song)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Crazy For You") (Song Performer)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Crossroads 2002 (Movie)

("Open Your Heart") (Song Performer)

Crossroads 2002 (Movie)

(Song)

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

("Die Another Day") (Song Performer)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

("Lucky Star") (Song)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

("Lucky Star") (Song Performer)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

("American Pie") (Song Performer)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Wonderland 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("Beautiful Stranger") (Song Performer)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

("El Paraiso Rico") (Song)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

("Like a Prayer") (Song Performer)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

("Like a Prayer") (Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("Lucky Star" "The Power of Good-Bye" "Express Yourself") (Song Performer)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

("Hanky Panky") (Song Performer)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Gummo 1997 (Movie)

("Like a Prayer") (Song Performer)

Gummo 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Fox on Ice 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song Performer

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

("I'll Remember (theme from 'With Honors')") (Song Performer)

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

song perfomer("This Used To Be My Playground") (Song Performer)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

("Cherish") (Song Performer)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

("Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" "More" "What Can You Lose") (Song Performer)

MTV Rewind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

("I Surrender, Dear" "The Mooch") (Song Performer)

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

("Lucky Star") (Song Performer)

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

("Who's That Girl" "The Look of Love" "Causing a Commotion" "Can't Stop") (Song Performer)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

songs (Song)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

("Live to Tell") (Song Performer)

Disney's D-TV Valentine 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

("Into the Groove") (Song Performer)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

("Gambler" "Crazy For You") (Song Performer)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

("Gambler") (Song)

Remembering Marilyn (TV Show)

Song Performer
Producer (6)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Am Because We Are 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Agent Cody Banks: Destination London 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thirty Days Until I'm Famous 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Truth Or Dare 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (3)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Am Because We Are 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

In 1983, when TV host Dick Clark asked the then 25-year-old pop music newcomer Madonna where she wanted to be in 20 years, she replied cockily that she wanted to "rule the world. " It actually took something closer to a year and a half. A master of reinvention throughout her over a quarter of a century long career, Madonna evolved from unknown New York club kid to Grammy-winning singer, Golden Globe-winning actress, and one-woman empire - all without compromising her fearless approach to social commentary and talent for creating a media frenzy. At the outset, her in-your-face attitude and overt sexuality that teen girls admired and imitated drew ire from religious and conservative groups, and her later outspoken stance on politics, gay rights issues, and her own spiritual path continued to prove the adage "no publicity is bad publicity." From her peak album sales of the 1980s, beginning with the iconic Like a Virgin (1984) LP, Madonna went on to a dominatrix-themed phase which included the graphic photo book Sex and the album Erotica (1992), both of which led to a temporary dip in popularity. Later dance club-oriented releases like Grammy-winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2004) sold significantly better, though nothing could match the success of her early years as an apt symbol of the indulgent 1980s. The Material Girl remained unchallenged in the touring arena, however, consistently drawing sell-out crowds to her lavish productions. Her singles and album sales qualified Madonna as the top-selling female artist in America, and even as she entered her fifties, she remained an international music and fashion icon, full of surprises onscreen, on stage, and in the news.

Relationships

Vanilla Ice Actor

Companion
Dated for eight months c. 1990-91; had nine-year age gap Appeared together in a pictorial for Madonna's 1992 book Sex

Jim Albright

Companion
Began dating in 1991 Ended relationship in 1994

David Banda

Son
With husband Guy Ritchie, took custody of a motherless one year-old boy from Malawi on Oct. 12, 2006, after filing adoption papers Adoption finalized in May 2008

Jean-Michel Basquiat Actor

Companion
Had three-month relationship in 1982

Warren Beatty Actor

Companion
Met in 1989 while filming "Dick Tracy" (1990) He appeared in her documentary "Truth or Dare" (1991) Ended relationship in 1990

Jellybean Benitez Actor

Companion
Met in late 1982 Together until 1985

Sandra Bernhard Actor

Companion
Became friends in the late 1980s; Bernhard appeared in Madonna's 1991 documentary "Truth or Dare"; although they appeared publicly on "dates" they never confirmed a relationship with the press; in his biography Madonna, Andrew Morton asserted that the pop star privately acknowledged a sexual relationship with Bernhard

Andy Byrd

Companion
Had a brief relationship in 1998; reportedly reconciled late in the year According to some reports Madonna's song "Beautiful Stranger" was written about Byrd

Ingrid Casares

Companion
Had brief relationship in the early 1990s

Sylvio Ciccone

Father
Worked for Chrysler/General Motors

Madonna Ciccone

Mother
French-Canadian Died of breast cancer in 1963 when Madonna was five

Joan Ciccone

Step-Mother
Met Madonna's father Sylvio while working as the Ciccone family's housekeeper after his wife's death

Anthony Ciccone

Brother

Christopher Ciccone

Brother

Martin Ciccone

Brother
Born c. 1957; reportedly struggled with substance abuse and was estranged from his sister

Paula Ciccone

Sister

Mario Ciccone

Half-Brother
Born c. 1970; son of Sylvio and Joan Ciccone; worked in promotions at Maverick Records

Jennifer Ciccone

Half-Sister
Daughter of Sylvio and Joan Ciccone

Lourdes Ciccone Leon

Daughter
Born Oct. 14, 1996; father, Carlos Leon

Dan Gilroy

Companion
Dated in the late 1970s and early 1980s; together formed short-lived garage band called the Breakfast Club

Melanie Henry

Sister
Younger; married to singer Joe Henry; worked at Opal Records

Chifundo James

Daughter
Adopted the three-year-old in June 2009 after Malawi's high court ruled in favor of the adoption after a lower court had ruled the adoption did not meet local law, which requires applicants to have lived in the country for 18 months before being granted permission

John F Kennedy Jr. Actor

Companion
Had brief relationship in 1987 when she was separated from Sean Penn

Carlos Leon Actor

Companion
Met in September 1994; father of Madonna's daughter Lourdes Separated in May 1997

Jesus Luz

Companion
Reportedly began dating shortly after her split from Guy Ritchie in 2008 No longer together

Sean Penn Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 16, 1985 Co-starred in "Shanghai Surprise" (1986) Divorced Sept. 14, 1989

Guy Ritchie Actor

Husband
Began dating 1999 after being introduced by Trudie Styler and Sting Married Dec. 22, 2000 in Scotland Amidst rumors of growing estrangement, announced plans to divorce October 2008 Divorce finalized Nov. 21, 2008

Rocco Ritchie

Son
Born prematurely, Aug. 11, 2000; father, Guy Ritchie

Dennis Rodman

Companion
Dated briefly in 1994

Timor Steffens

Companion
Began dating. Broke up

Brahim Zaibat

Companion
Began dating in 2011

EDUCATION

Adams High School

Rochester , Michigan 1976
Was a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
Attended on a dance scholarship; left at the end of her sophomore year and moved to New York City to pursue a dance career

Milestones

2012

Released 12th studio album, MDNA, featuring the single "Give Me All Your Lovin'." Performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI.

2011

Directed second feature "W.E."; also co-wrote screenplay with Alek Keshishian

2010

Released her third live album Sticky & Sweet Tour; her first release under Live Nation

2009

Released her third greatest hits album Celebration with the new songs "Celebration" and "Revolver"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for "Celebration"

2008

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (March 10)

2008

Earned two Grammy nominations for her album Hard Candy, including one for her collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the song "4 Minutes"

2008

Wrote and produced the documentary "I Am Because We Are," about the orphans in Malawi

2008

Released the album Hard Candy

2008

Made directorial debut with "Filth and Wisdom," a film that revolves around a Ukrainian immigrant who finances his dreams of rock glory by moonlighting as a cross-dressing dominatrix

2007

Sold Maverick Record label to Warner Music Group 12 years after she founded it

2006

First appearance at a music festival, performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA

2005

Released the dance-oriented album Confessions On a Dance Floor; began touring in the U.S. and then internationally in May of 2006; received three Grammy nominations

2004

Headlined the 14-city "Re-Invention Tour," which featured songs from her entire career

2004

Voiced Princess Selenia in the animated feature directed by Luc Besson, "Arthur and the Invisibles"

2004

Executive produced "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London"

2003

Was selected as the GAP spokesperson

2003

Executive produced the action feature "Agent Cody Banks"

2002

Made London stage acting debut in "Up for Grabs"

2002

Composed and performed the title song for the James Bond film "Die Another Day"; song was nominated for two Grammy awards

2002

Starred in a remake of Lina Wertmuller's "Swept Away"; feature directed by husband Guy Ritchie

2001

Debuted controversial music video "What It Feels Like for a Girl"; video directed by husband Guy Ritchie

2001

Released second greatest hits package GHV2

2001

Directed by husband Guy Ritchie in "Star," one of five short film advertisements for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com

2000

Starred opposite Rupert Everett in "The Next Best Thing"

1999

Co-wrote "Beautiful Stranger" for the soundtrack of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

1997

Entered into recording distribution agreement for her Maverick Records label with Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino's newly formed A Band Apart Records

1996

Portrayed the role of Eva Peron in the film musical "Evita"; the soundtrack album contained three of her singles

1994

Was the subject of an unauthorized TV-movie biopic "Madonna: Innocence Lost" (Fox)

1993

First film released by Maverick (with Miramax), "Farewell My Concubine"

1992

Released the book Sex; a volume consisting of erotic photographs and erotic literature by Madonna

1992

Announced a seven-year agreement with Time Warner for Madonna to form her own multi-media entertainment company, Maverick; the company would be run by Madonna and her long-time manager Freddy DeMann

1991

Signed a new recording contract with Time Warner; Madonna was to receive an approximate $25 million advance for each of her next seven records and her royalty was to be raised to 20 percent

1991

Subject of Alek Keshishian's documentary feature "Truth or Dare" (behind-the-scenes record of her Blond Ambition concert tour)

1990

Released first greatest hits album The Immaculate Collection

1988

Broadway debut in "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet

1987

First film made through her production company (Siren), "Siesta"; film directed by Mary Lambert, who directed early Madonna videos; Madonna did not appear in film

1986

Made stage acting debut in invitation-only performance of David Rabe's play "Goose and Tom-Tom," co-starring Sean Penn

1985

Feature film acting debut as title character of "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1985

Wrote and performed song "Gambler" for feature film "Vision Quest"; also appeared in film as bar band singer

1984

First No. 1 hit on the pop singles chart, "Like a Virgin"

1984

First hit single, "Holiday"; song reached top 20 (peaked at No. 16)

1984

First top 10 hit, "Borderline" (peaked at No. 10)

1983

Released first album, Madonna

1979

Appeared in the independent film "A Certain Sacrifice"

1979

Accepted into Alvin Ailey's third company; abandoned Ailey for lessons with ex-Martha Graham choreographer Pearl Lang

1978

Moved to New York to pursue career in dance

1964

Moved with family to Pontiac, MI at age six following mother's death

Formed MADGUY Productions

Demonstration tape "Everybody" played at Danceteria by friendly DJ Mark Kamins; Kamins introduced her to Sire Records executive Seymour Stein, who signed her to a recording contract

Met musician Dan Gilroy who taught her to play guitar, keyboards and drums

Studied dance in teen years; acted in school plays

Went to Paris and studied with a vocal coach and dance instructor

After returning to New York, performed with several bands including The Breakfast Club and Emmy (her nickname)

Auditioned as singer-dancer with French disco singer Patrick Hernandez

Bonus Trivia

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In his 2001 biography Madonna, Andrew Morton claimed that Madonna was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in 1978 in NYC and that she had two abortions.

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In June 2004, Madonna adopted the Hebrew name of Esther, which stemmed in part from her adherence to the study of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah.

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"She will do anything, say anything, wear anything, mock anything, degrade anything to draw attention to herself and make a soiled buck. She is the quintessential symbol of the age: greedy, self-indulgent, sacrilegious, shameless, hollow." – columnist Ray on Madonna in The New York Post, May 3, 1991

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"It's better to live one year as a tiger than 100 as a sheep." – Madonna quoted in Spin, January 1996

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"I came to the realization that a strong female is frightening to everybody, because all societies are male-dominated, black societies, poor people, rich people, any racial group, they're all dominated by men. A strong female is going to threaten everybody across the board. I know the majority of Americans think I walk around my house, jodhpurs on and a whip. That I eat men for breakfast and send out my limousine driver to pick up bushels of young men and women, and I let everybody else make my business decisions for me. Even really successful, intelligent men are so f*ck*ng scared of me, and buy into the hype." – Madonna quoted in Spin magazine, January 1996

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"Kabbalah has made me a better human being. I have a successful marriage. That doesn't mean I don't have my ups and downs, but I have an open and honest relationship, and we work things out. Guy [Ritchie] and I understand that we've embarked on a journey together. There's no way our relationship would work if we didn't both think the same way. I can't just write a silly pop song anymore. I feel the need to share what I've learned. I don't want to be boring and preachy. I still want to have fun. But I know there's a way to inspire and entertain people at the same time. I'm writing children's books that contain spiritual messages. I never would have done that before." – Madonna on how studing Kabbalah has changed her life, in People magazine's 30th Anniversary Special, April 12, 2004

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Madonna debuted her 90-minute documentary "I Am Because We Are" at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008. The movie focused on Malawi and its orphans.

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"I worry about everything, if I'm exposing my children to the right things, if I said the right thing in an interview, I'm a worrywort. I'm really a lot like everybody else." – Madonna quoted in People magazine, Dec. 6, 2004

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"I'm constantly changing and growing, and hopefully my work will always reflect that. Some things people will be able to relate to and they'll be popular and accessible, and other things they won't, but I'm not going to let that stop me. I didn't get into this business because I wanted people to like me instantly and be my best friend." – Madonna to CNN.com, Nov. 15, 2005

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In 2010, Madonna released the "Material Girl" clothing line, which she designed with her daughter Lourdes.

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"I wasn't a hippie or a stoner. So I ended up being the weirdo. I was interested in classical ballet and music, so the kids were quite mean if you were different. I was one of those people that people were mean to. When that happened, instead of being a doormat, I decided to emphasize my differences." – Madonna on her high school years, to Vanity Fair, May 2008

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In Aug. 2010, the apparel manufacturer LA Triumph filed a lawsuit against Madonna over the rights to use the "Material Girl" name for the juniors clothing line that she designed with daughter Lourdes. LA Triumph claimed that it had been marketing clothes under the "Material Girl" brand since 1997.

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"You have to get to a point where you care as little about getting smoke blown up your ass as you do when you become a whipping boy in the press because ultimately they both add up to sh*t. You just have to keep doing your work, and hope and pray somebody's dialing into your frequency." – Madonna to Vanity Fair magazine, May 2008

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Tracks from Madonna's 13 studio album Rebel Heart were leaked on the internet in late 2014, to the vocal displeasure of the singer, who claimed that the leaked tracks were early rough mixes of songs that had been either abandoned or significantly reworked.

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