Madonna's album called 'Madonna' included five U.S. hit singles, including 'Like a Virgin', 'Music', 'True Blue', 'Ray of Light', 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' and 'American Life'. Madonna's tryst with the celluloid began with Desperately Seeking Susan that was released in 1985. She graduated with Shanghai Surprise and Body of Evidence in 1986 and 1993 respectively. The critically acclaimed adaptation of 'Evita', the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravaganza won her the Golden Globe Award for 'You Must Love Me'.
She won her teenage fans over with her larger than life defiance and raunchy behavior in videos and stage appearances. Madonna became a teen icon and her international success is pretty much the outcome of the clever promotion gimmicks and intense image creation. The Madonna fever went on to level 100 with the controversial collection of erotic photographs. She had herself exposed to the maximum for the performance in Sex and Erotica. She is credited with a West End stage debut in Up For Grabs. The English Roses was her first children's book. Her fans rejoiced the world over as she was inducted into U.K. Music Hall of Fame!
Madonna's daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, lovingly Lola, was from her affair with her trainer and lover Carlos Leon. Her earlier marriage to actor Sean Penn lasted from 1984 to 1988. Madonna's married the acclaimed British director Guy Ritchie and their son Rocco John Ritchie has an adopted brother David Banda from Malawi. She is the perfect example of how an artist's persona overtakes his or her success, in good time. Her immediate and celebrated instant stardom actually obscured most of her talent. The focus was always her life and lifestyle, her marriages, adopted child and love child, never the musical virtues and appreciation of her music.
Madonna is recognized as probably one of the most acclaimed media personalities. Her music presentations and music-videos and the publicity of her sexuality make her a woman in complete control of her music and image; a brand in herself! Madonna's modeling stance with choreographer Alvin Ailey has paid good dividends and is amply seen in her videos. The multifaceted pop star has modeled her career from her various experiments with disco outfits, breakfast clubs and pop/dance groups, playing the drums for other bands, lead singing and dance/disco-oriented tracks. Among her all-time favorite club dance hits are 'Everybody', 'Physical Attraction', 'Holiday' - written by Jellybean Benitez and 'Lucky Star'. In fact, Holiday went on to become Madonna's first 'Top 40' hit, while 'Borderline' was among the first Top 10!
She is the first female pop star credited with as many as seventeen consecutive Top Ten hits. Madonna's Niles Rodgers album, Like a Virgin, hit number one and sizzled on the charts for a good six weeks. She is an international celebrity today, with millions of records to her credit. Her videos are visual treats with her stylish and sexy personality. 'Material Girl' and 'Crazy for You' literally became an inseparable part of the music gospel. While the movie Desperately Seeking Susan became a box-office hit, her stance at erotic drama, A Certain Sacrifice, also had fans going gaga over the superstar. She set a trend where all the Madonna Wannabes, teenage and adults were willing to shed all inhibitions and do their idol proud.
Her biggest hits in the '80s - 'Live to Tell' and the ambitious 'True Blue' met with massive commercial success. True Blue was a number one on the U.S. and U.K. charts with over five million copies sold in the U.S. alone! The acclaim of 'Papa Don't Preach' ushered in a thriving music career for her and the 1987 number one single 'Open Your Heart' was a chart-topping hit. 'Like a Prayer', her grosser in 1989, was an album that made her a household name, with the perfect fusion of pop, rock, and dance. Other hits include Express Yourself, Cherish, Keep It Together, Vogue, Justify My Love, Rescue Me and This Used to Be My Playground. She is also credited with great experimentalism in 'Take a Bow', 'Bedtime Stories', 'Human Nature', 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' and 'You Must Love Me'.