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Madonna Lousie Veronica Ciccone (Jewish Name: Esther)

Bio By Luke Swearingen

Jodi Plank

on 16 November 2012

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Transcript of Madonna Lousie Veronica Ciccone (Jewish Name: Esther)

Life of a legend MADONNA 1996- Now Madonna was born on August 16, 1958 to devout Catholics Anthony "Tony" and Madonna Ciccone of Bay City, Michigan. The family called her "Noni" to keep confusion down.

Of all six kids in the Ciccone family, Madonna was the most outspoken and attention-seeking, which might be the cause of her mothers premature death when she was only 5 years old.

She attended a local private, catholic school for girls. While the self-titled debut album received critical acclaim and airtime in the clubs, it wasn't until 1985 that Madonna became a true star.-status with Like A Virgin.

After an early-performance of the title song on the MTV Music Awards, Madonna had thousands of screaming fans all over the world. She also had fire from various religious groups, being called blasphemous and trashy for her over-sexualized songs and performances. Always one to push the envelope, she further gained hate, love, and critical success when she released True Blue in '86, featuring such topics as teen pregnancy in "Papa Don't Preach" True controversy however didn't come until 1989, when she released her Like A Prayer Video. Early Begings Young Girl, Big Dream In 1978, Madonna hopped on a train with two suitcases and $30 in her pocket on her way to New York City. After joining several bands, she finally got noticed when her demo "Everybody" was heard by a DJ and played throughout dance-clubs of NYC. When people seen the video, they were outraged by her blunt use of religious iconography, not to mention being named after the virgin Mary. Madonna had previously made a $5 million dollar deal with Pepsi-Cola to feature the song in a commercial, airing right before the video. When Pepsi heard of all the complaints and religious groups threatened to boycott the soda, Pepsi pulled the plug on the marketing deal. Madonna got to keep the $5 million dollars. Blonde Ambition Again in 1990, Madonna continued to stir up emotions with her Blonde Ambition tour. The show, which featured religious and sexual imagery, lead to Madonna almost being arrested and the Pope boycotting her entirely.
The show was also groundbreaking for it's theatrical productions, direction, choreography, and costumes. Most notably the now-iconic cone-bra and gold pigtail as seen to your right -> After the birth of her children, Lola and Rocco, Madonna has softened her image, but not much. In 2003, she kissed Brittney Spears on live television, converted to Kabbalah, and released her most political album to date, American Life.

Later, in 2005, she received flack for singing a song on her tour while perched upon a cross.

And now, in 2012, Madonna is on her ninth tour and still managing to shock crowds everywhere. Still using sex and religion, only now adding stage violence, guns, and strip-tease to the mix, Madonna is working on breaking her own world-record for highest grossing tour by a solo artist. 54 and stronger then ever, Madonna never let the press and media get her down. Famous Quotes I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.
I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon... but I want to stay alive.
I wouldn't have turned out the way I was if I didn't have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against.
Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion
Better to live one year as a tiger, then a hundred as sheep.
I'm smart, ambitious, and I know what I want. If that makes me a b****, okay.
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