Ten Things You Never Knew About Madonna

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By: Samantha

 After watching Madonna’s long-awaited Superbowl performance, I realized that she is pretty much a mystery to me even though I can recite the lyrics to about 90% of her songs. She is one of America’s greatest musical icons and has transcended time with her ever-evolving image, and yet, no one really knows who is behind those incredible biceps, bleached blonde hair, and gap tooth. With that said, I thought it would be a fun exercise to see what I could dig up on the musical legend. The following are some findings:

  1. Her full name is Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.
  2. She is the oldest of 8 children.
  3. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1963.
  4. Madonna is Italian and was raised Roman Catholic.
  5. Madonna married actor Sean Penn on her birthday in 1985. She divorced him on New Year’s Eve in 1988.
  6. Madonna won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role of Eva Peron in Evita.
  7. Madonna is ranked fourth in the list of best-selling artists of all time, right after Michael Jackson.
  8.  She has been nominated 68 times for an MTV Video Music Award and 28 times for a Grammy Award.
  9.  Madonna does NOT have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was nominated for one, but turned it down.
  10. Madonna has been in 22 films.

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