Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone), 1958-, American pop singer and actress, b. Bay City, Mich. She trained as a dancer at the Univ. of Michigan before moving to New York City to begin her music and dance career. Her albums Madonna (1983) and Like a Virgin (1984) secured her position as a sexual and pop icon. In 1985 she won critical praise for her part in the Hollywood film Desperately Seeking Susan. Truth or Dare (1991) was a revealing backstage performance film that paved the way for her book Sex (1992), which garnered enormous publicity. She has her own recording company and produces her own films and videos.
orig. Madonna Louise Ciccone

(born Aug. 16, 1958, Bay City, Mich., U.S.) U.S. pop singer, songwriter, and actress. She studied dance at the University of Michigan and later with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. Her first hit single, “Holiday” (1983), forged an upbeat dance club sound that sold 70 million albums by 1991, including Like a Virgin (1984). In music videos and in concert, she captivated fans and scandalized critics with provocatively sexual showmanship. Ever atop the latest trend, she incorporated techno in Music (2000). Her films include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), and Evita (1996). Few female entertainers have attained her levels of power and control in the pop music industry. In 2008 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Madonna is a contraction of the Old Italian phrase ma donna ("my lady").

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