​Madonna is not only one of the most famous Italian-American singers, she is also one of the most well-known and successful female artists in the world. Furthermore, she is also a mother and an actress. Here are some facts you may not know about this singer.

  1. Madonna was born on August 16, 1958, in Michigan.
  2. She was the third of six children. Her brothers are Martin, Anthony and Christopher. Her sisters are called Paul and Melanie.
  3. Madonna’s mother is French-Canadian and her father is Italian.
  4. Her mother was also called Madonna so, as a child, Madonna was given the nickname ‘Little Noni’.
  5. Madonna is extremely clever. She was a straight ‘A’ student at school and has an IQ of 140.
  6. In 1976, Madonna attended Michigan University on a dance scholarship.
  7. In 1977, she dropped out of college and moved to New York as she dreamed of fame. She had just $35 in her pocket.
  8. ‘Borderline’ was Madonna’s first Top Ten hit in 1984.
  9. In his book, ‘Life With My Sister Madonna’, Christopher Ciccone revealed that Madonna lost her virginity in a Cadillac.
  10. She is only 5 feet tall.
  11. Her first movie appearance was in 1985. She played a cameo role as a club singer in a film called ‘Vision’.
  12. One of her most controversial singles was ‘Just Like a Prayer’ due to its connection with religious beliefs. As a result of this single, her sponsorship from Pepsi Cola was cancelled.
  13. Madonna’s 80s style is iconic. Her signature look was created by Maripol, a jewelry designer and stylist.
  14. The star married Sean Penn in 1985 on her 27th birthday. The couple had met during filming for the ‘Material Girl’ video.
  15. In 1986, Madonna and Sean Penn starred opposite each other in a movie called ‘Shanghai Surprise’. The movie cost a staggering $17 million to make. Unfortunately, it was a box office flop and grossed only $2 million.
  16. Her role in Evita was more successful as in 1997, she was awarded the coveted Best Actress Golden Globe Award.
  17. Madonna is a vegetarian and has been since the age of 15.
  18. Madonna has a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon with Leon Carlos. She also has a son, Rocco, with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. She later extended her family by adopting.
  19. In 2003, Madonna published her first children’s book, ‘The English Roses’. She went on to publish a further ten books.
  20. According to Forbes, Madonna has an estimated net worth of $500 million.
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