Celebrity Then And Now
Name: Madonna
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1982-Present
Currently Known For: Continued Singing Career
Networth: $560 MillionFamous For: Like a Virgin, Vogue, Like a Prayer
Name Madonna
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1982-Present
Currently Known For Continued Singing Career
Networth $560 Million
Famous For Like a Virgin, Vogue, Like a Prayer

A lot of people in their late teens or early 20s move away from their hometown to the big city and try to make it big, but many never make it. Then, there are some that become icons in entertainment, including Madonna Ciccone.

Growing up in the Detroit suburbs, Madonna lost her mother to cancer when she was just five years old, and it caused her to be a bit rebellious at first. As she grew up, though, Madonna became a model student that even received a scholarship to the University of Michigan for dancing, but decided that she didn’t want to finish college.

Instead, she headed to New York City in the late 1970s with hardly any money with her, and was able to secure a spot as a backup performer for Patrick Hernandez on his tour. In 1980, she and then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy would form a band called the Breakfast Club that lasted very briefly, then formed Emmy with her new flame, Stephen Bray.

It wasn’t long until Madonna was going solo with her act, and a producer from Sire Records discovered her and was able to get her a deal with the label. Not many people remember Madonna’s first couple of singles since they were more dance-focused. They would excel on the Billboard dance charts, but not quite the mainstream charts.

It was Madonna’s third single, “Holiday” that established Madonna as a mainstream star, and her debut self-titled album was released in 1983 that had hits such as “Lucky Star” and “Borderline”. Already a star, Madonna would become an overnight icon in the mid 1980s after releasing the “Like a Virgin” album that contained the smash hit song of the same name, as well as “Material Girl”.

People couldn’t get enough Madonna as within just a few years she had been almost penniless and living in abandoned buildings and low-rent apartments to being a pop culture legend. Madonna’s image changed drastically at this time, and even she’s not quite sure why. “I guess the music I started to write had more of a seductive quality, and I unconsciously morphed into that,” she said. “It also had to do with the fact that I was doing more photo shoots. I was being styled and dressed. Before that, I was doing everything myself...It’s just evolution and what I’m interested in.”

1985 would be yet another big year for Madonna as she branched out into acting, appearing the films “Vision Quest” and “Desperately Seeking Susan”. Not only that, but she continued dominating the mainstream charts with hits such as “Into the Groove” and started a relationship with actor Sean Penn, marrying on August 16 of that year.

There were seven months of dating before the two were married. Madonna said that “It was a really romantic thing. We were madly in love with each other, and we decided quite soon after seeing each other that we were going to get married - and then we got married.”

Even after her relationship with Penn ended in 1987 (with the divorce being finalized in 1989), Madonna still continued to be at the top of her game as five of her songs from the 1986 album “True Blue” reached the top five of the charts. She would take a couple of years off after that and came back big time in 1989 with “Like a Prayer”, with both the song and album being massively successful.

There really hasn’t been more than a few year stretch throughout Madonna’s career where she hasn’t made big waves on the charts and being a pop culture phenomenon in general. Her personal life has continued to be a big point of interest, as well, as she was involved in a relationship with Carlos Leon during the mid 1990s, and was then married to director Guy Ritchie from 2000 to 2008. Turning 60 years old in 2018, Madonna has a total of six children, with four of them being adopted. Her two birth children are Rocco Ritchie and Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. In 2017, Madonna adopted a pair of twins (Estere and Stella) from Malawi, saying ‘I thought, ‘What am I waiting for? Just do it.’”

Even as she enters her 60s, Madonna has no plans on slowing down, and is active in business, philanthropy and, of course, music. 2018 came with the promise from the Queen of Pop herself that her 14th album was in the works, and even a pair of films. You have to stay busy to remain on top, and Madonna has done just that for well over 30 years now. “Art keeps me alive,” she said. “I’ve obviously been devastated or heartbroken all my life since my mother’s death. I’ve had so many challenges throughout my career...The only way I’ve been able to survive the betrayal of lovers, family members and society is to be able to create as an artist.”

“I’ll stop doing everything that I do when I don’t want to do it anymore. I’ll stop when I run out of ideas. I’ll stop when you f***ing kill me. How about that?”