This Material Girl Likes to Cherish Leather
She burst into fame in the early 1980s with singles such as "Like a Virgin," Into the Groove," and "Papa Don't Preach," and since then has capitalized on her fame in numerous different areas.
Madonna, originally from Bay City, Michigan, is of Italian and French-Canadian descent. She came out of the New York club scene and eventually found a record producer, Mark Kamins, who found her a record deal with Sire Records.
Her first few singles were club hits, then reached a broader audience with "Holiday." Her album "Madonna" was her true breakthrough in 1984, with numerous singles that peaked high on the charts.
Reaching a career singing peak with the controversial album "Like a Prayer," Madonna branched out into film. Madonna was a music video pioneer, so she had some acting experience even before her first film.
She had a big hit with "Desperately Seeking Susan," but "Shanghai Surprise" was a major failure. She tried her hand at erotic romance in "Body of Evidence" without much success. Years later, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for "Evita." Later efforts in "Swept Away" (2002) and "Die Another Day" (2002) were not as well received. She appears to have given up her film career in recent years, focusing instead on making short films to promote her music.
Many of Madonna's tours are legendary. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Madonna is a major brand name for her, and she is a major worldwide celebrity.
Madonna is as famous for her high-profile relationships as anything else. She famously was married to Sean Penn in the 1980s, a relationship that ended amid weird allegations of Penn tying her up.
Another relationship, with backup dancer Carlos Leon, led to her daughter. More recently, Madonna was married to British director Guy Ritchie, but that marriage did not last, either. They have had famous battles over their two sons, Rocco and David.
Madonna always has been a style icon. She helped popularize the trend toward vintage clothing that incorporated fetishistic aspects.
Madonna always has worn a lot of leather, mostly black leather jackets, boots and occasionally caps, and every so often makes a point of being photographed in full-out leather dominatrix gear.
When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.
I think that everyone should get married at least once, so you can see what a silly, outdated institution it is.
A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want.
I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.
I love meetings with suits. I live for meetings with suits. I love them because I know they had a really boring week and I walk in there with my orange velvet leggings and drop popcorn in my cleavage and then fish it out and eat it I like that. I know I'm entertaining them and I know that they know.
People who have nothing better to do than talk about my hair color have no lives.
Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair.
Fame can be very disruptive. It can be like a drug. It gives you the feeling that you're happy, it gives you the feeling of self-importance, it gives you the feeling of fulfillment... but it can distract you from what is really important.
A lot of people thought that I was a black artist before they saw my videos, because a lot of my music is more R&B oriented, and I think that I'm a white artist doing R&B music, getting played on pop stations. And I think that the kind of records I make are really changing people's ideas of splitting up and categorizing artists and I think that's opening ways for black and white artists as well.
What I would like to ultimately achieve, I already told Dick Clark once on American Bandstand (1952). So I'll repeat it again, and annoy everyone who was annoyed before when I said it: I want to conquer the world.
When I was growing up, I was religious, in a passionate, adolescent way. Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favorite idol of all.
If you take everything I do at face value, you're going to be horrified. Or intimidated. Or insulted. Or bored.
It is a struggle to balance my career with my children. I'm always going, 'Oh God, I'm a crap mother'. I want to get home and put my kids to bed. And then sometimes, if I'm spending a lot of time with my children, I think, 'Oh God, I just want to be an artist.'
I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon - but I want to stay alive!
Being blonde is definitely a different state of mind. I can't really put my finger on it, but the artifice of being blonde has some incredible sort of sexual connotation. Men really respond to it. I love blonde hair but it really does something different to you. I feel more grounded when I have dark hair, and I feel more ethereal when I have light hair. It's unexplainable. I also feel more Italian when my hair is dark.
I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room.
Women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start.