Musician + Singer + Songwriter + Actress + Author
Born Aug 16, 1958

Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, dancer, and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's best-selling female recording artist in history by Guinness World Records.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Madonna.


1958 Birth Madonna was born to Catholic parents Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone (b. 1931) and Madonna Louise Fortin (c. 1933 – December 1, 1963) in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. … Read More
Upon being confirmed in the Catholic Church in 1966, she adopted Veronica as a confirmation name. … Read More


1978 19 Years Old In 1978, she dropped out of college and relocated to New York City. … Read More


1979 - 1982 5 More Events
Madonna was criticized for her performance of "Like a Virgin" at the first 1984 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). … Read More
They married on her birthday in 1985.
1986 27 Years Old In June 1986, Madonna released her third studio album, True Blue, which was inspired by and dedicated to Sean Penn. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Madonna embarked on the Who's That Girl World Tour in July 1987, which continued until September. … Read More


1989 30 Years Old In January 1989, Madonna signed an endorsement deal with soft-drink manufacturer, Pepsi. … Read More
…  While shooting the film, Madonna began a relationship with Beatty, which dissolved by the end of 1990.
1992 - 1994 5 More Events
In the 1996 musical, Evita, Madonna played the title role of Eva Perón. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Her relationship with Carlos Leon ended in May 1997; she declared that they were "better off as best friends." … Read More
1998 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The 1998 edition of Guinness Book of World Records documented that "no female artist has sold more records than Madonna around the world".


In 1999, Madonna signed to play a violin teacher in the film Music of the Heart but left the project, citing "creative differences" with director Wes Craven.
2000 - 2002 4 More Events
Following Die Another Day, Madonna collaborated with fashion photographer Steven Klein in 2003 for an exhibition installation named X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS. … Read More
In mid-2004 Madonna embarked on the Re-Invention World Tour in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
In January 2005, Madonna performed a cover version of the John Lennon song "Imagine" at Tsunami Aid.
Madonna embarked on the Confessions Tour in May 2006, which had a global audience of 1.2 million and grossed over $193.7 million, becoming the highest-grossing tour to that date for a female artist. … Read More
On March 10, 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. … Read More


2009 - 2010 4 More Events
…  In February 2012, Madonna performed at Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, visualized by Cirque Du Soleil and Jamie King and featured special guests LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green. … Read More
By 2013, Madonna's Raising Malawi organization built ten schools to educate 4,000 children in Malawi at a value of $400,000.
Madonna extended her business ventures and in February 2014 the singer premiered MDNA Skin, a range of skin care products, in Tokyo, Japan.
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