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Madonna was the third of eight children born into a large Italian family in Michigan.


In 1992 she signed with Time Warner to create her own record label, Maverick.


She has won numerous MTV Music Awards, five Grammys, and a Golden Globe for her performance in "Evita".


Madonna has brontophobia - a fear of thunder.


Madonna is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most successful female solo artist.


Brother Christopher Ciccone designs restaurant interiors. Renovated a mansion overlooking Hudson River north of New York City in the same West Nyack community that's home to Rosie O'Donnell and director Jonathan Demme.


Her videos "Justify My Love" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" were banned from VH1 & MTV. "Erotica" (1992), though not banned, was only played after midnight on MTV.


Her record company Maverick Records signed a distribution deal with A Band Apart Records, a record company founded by Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender. A Band Apart Records will focus on film soundtracks. (30 July 1997)


Gave birth to baby daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (aka Lola Leon). The father is actor/fitness instructor Carlos Leon. (14 October 1996)


Studied with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and Pearl Lang's Dance Company in Manhattan. (1978)


Unanimously condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs in an October 26, 1993 concert.


Her song, "Vogue", is a tribute to the glamour of classic Hollywood. Celebrities mentioned in the song are Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Bette Davis.


Was supposed to play the lead in Music of the Heart (1999) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin.


High school cheerleader.


Her daughter Lourdes was named as a tribute to Madonna's mother, who wanted to visit Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, appeared in 1858, but died before doing so.


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