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From singer to actress to mom, the many reincarnations of Madonna.
What a punk
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Brahim Zaibat, Madonna and designer Riccardo Tisci attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)— Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images North America
US Pop Star Madonna (2nd L) sits with her biological and adopted children (L to R) David Banda, Lourdes, Mercy James, and Rocco at Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna's Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with US organization BuildOn, during the visit of Madonna on April 2, 2013 in the region of Kasungu, central Malawi. Madonna, said to be the single largest international philanthropic donor to Malawi, also supports childcare in the country which is home to nearly a million children orphaned by AIDS. She arrived in Malawi on March 31 with the two children she adopted from the small landlocked African country. AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRAAMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images— Amos Gumulira / AFP
Interview with NBC
AUGUST 13, 2013: With a career spanning thirty plus years, theres only one name to know Madonna. The Material Girl, The Queen of Pop turns 55 years old on August 16th. Lets take a look back at where shes been, while she looks forward to whats next! THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4192 -- Pictured: Singer Madonna during an interview on January 30, 2012 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)— Nbc / NBCUniversal
epa03061561 US singer Madonna poses with her Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for 'Masterpiece' in the Press Room at the 69th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, 15 January 2012. EPA/PAUL BUCK— Paul Buck / EPA
A friend signs off
US television talk show personality Oprah Winfrey (C) speaks with US actor Tom Hanks (L) and US pop singer Madonna (R) on stage during the taping of the third to last Oprah Winfrey Show at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Winfrey is wrapping up production of her wildly popular daytime television program after a 25-year run. AFP PHOTO / Peter Wynn Thompson (Photo credit should read PETER WYNN THOMPSON/AFP/Getty Images)— Peter Wynn Thompson / AFP
Dressed to party
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Lourdes Leon (L) and Madonna arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lourdes Leon;Madonna— Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images North America
The quality of Mercy
U.S. pop star Madonna holds her adopted Malawian child Mercy James during a visit to Gumulira village, about 80 km (50 miles) from the Malawian capital Lilongwe, April 5, 2010. Madonna is in the country on a charity tour and will visit the site of her girls' academy tomorrow. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (MALAWI - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)— Mike Hutchings / X00388
epa02032251 US singer Madonna (L) is seen along her own daughter, Lourdes Maria (C), and her boyfriend, Jesus Luz (2-R), holding Madonna's adopted daughter from Malawi, while they watch the samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense on the special group parade at the Marques de Sapucai samba track in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 February 2010. EPA/MARCELO SAYAO— Marcelo Sayao / EFE
epa02001385 In this handout photo provided by MTV, US singer Madonna performs at the 'Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief' event in New York City, USA, on 22 January 2010. A powerful earthquake hit Haiti on 12 January 2010, leaving thousands dead and many displaced. EPA/KEVIN MAZUR / HOPE FOR HAITI NOW CAPTION CORRECTION: CORRECTING LOCATION / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES— Kevin Mazur / Hope For Haiti Now / MTV via Getty images
US singer Madonna surrounded by her bodyguards, leaves the Marseille Marignane Airport, southern France, Sunday July 19, 2009. Madonna visited some of the eight workers who were injured in the accident in which two workers were killed while preparing a stage for her concert in Marseille, which was then cancelled. The next stop on her tour is in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)— Claude Paris / AP
Welcome to the family
Pop star Madonna holds the child named Mercy, whom she hopes to adopt, in this undated publicity photo taken in Malawi and released to Reuters April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Tom Munro/Warner Brothers Records/Handout (MALAWI ENTERTAINMENT IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) QUALITY FROM SOURCE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.— Tom Munro / X80001
Visiting the children
TO GO WITH AFP STORY FILES - A picture taken on March 30, 2009 shows US pop diva Madonna with her son, Malawian adoptee, David Banda (L) at the Mphandula Child Care Centre - built by Madonna's charity, Raising Malawi - in Lilongwe. Madonna won her battle to adopt a young daughter from Malawi on June 12, 2009 when the country's highest court ruled that a three-year-old girl called Mercy could become part of the US singer's family. AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRA (Photo credit should read AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images)— Amos Gumulira / AFP
Return to Malawi
Pop star Madonna is watched by local children during a visit to Chinkhota village near Lilongwe, Malawi Sunday, March 29, 2009. Madonna arrived in Malawi Sunday in a bid to adopt a girl, according to a local social welfare offical. The girl would become the second child the pop star has adopted from the impoverished African country. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)— Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP
United before the fall
epa01352946 US singer Madonna (L) and British director Guy Ritchie arrive at the festival palace for the gala screening of US director Steven Soderbergh's film 'Che' running in competition at the 61st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, 21 May 2008, in Cannes, France. EPA/CHRISTOPHE KARABA— Christophe Karaba / EPA
Madonna and children
In this undated handout photo provided by Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg, Madonna is shown with her daughter Lourdes, 9, left, son Rocco, 6, right and David Banda, 13-months, who she plans to adopt with her husband director Guy Ritchie. Madonna said that David is healthy and thriving in her London home, in an interview that aired Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The child was taken to London last week after Malawi's High Court granted Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, an interim adoption order. (AP Photo/Shavawn Rissman) ** NO SALES **— Shavawn Rissman / LIZ ROSENBERG
Mother of 'Reinvention'
Madonna, center, performs 'The re-Invention Tour' with dancers at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, June 16, 2004 in New York. You can see a red string on her arm - Madonna didn't play any Friday night gigs on her 're-Invention World Tour' - because the teaching of the Kabbalah forbids it. She has pledged to respect the Jewish practice of Shabbat by dining with her close family every Friday rather than working.(AP Photo/Chad Rachman)— Chad Rachman / AP
Singer Madonna holds a copy of her latest children's book "Lotsa de Casha" after reading to children from Public School 191 in Manhattan at Borders Bookstore June 7, 2005 in New York City. "Lotsa de Casha" is the last of five children's books by Madonna.— Frank Micelotta / Getty Images North America
Sealed with a kiss
Britney Spears, left, and Madonna kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003. In honor of MTV's 20th annual event, the two pop princesses sang "Like A Virgin" in white wedding dresses similar to what Madonna wore on the inaugural show in 1984. They danced and gyrated and rolled on the floor, just like Madonna did--and then they were joined by Madonna herself. The three sang Madonna's current hit, "Hollywood," and then startled the audience when Madonna open-mouth kissed both Aguilera and Spears. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)— Julie Jacobson / AP
Madonna jams on a guitar while wearing a Scottish kilt durint the Drowned World Tour 2001 as she performs before a sold out audience at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida, August 14, 2001. The 2001 Drowned World Tour was Madonna's first world-tour in eight years, following her 1993 The Girlie Show Tour. Madonna married in Scotland in a secret ceremony Dec. 2000.— Colin Braley / © Reuters Photographer / Reuters
Pop star Madonna waves to the crowd as Guy Ritchie holds their son Rocco after his baptism at Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch, Scotland Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000. On December 22, 2000, Madonna married British director Guy Ritchie, whom she had met in 1999 through mutual friends Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. Madonna gave birth to her son, Rocco John Ritchie, on August 11, 2000.(AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)— Martin Cleaver / AP
Don't cry for me, Argentina
Madonna stars as Eva Perón in the film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita, 1996. Madonna had campaigned for the role for nearly ten years and in December 1994, she wrote a four page, handwritten letter to director Alan Parker explaining that she would be perfect to play the role. Parker agreed and to prepare for the film Madonna took voice lessons to extend her range and researched the life of her character. She was pregnant while filming (i think she found out while on set??) On October 14, 1996 she gave birth to a daughter, Lourdes Maria (Lola) Ciccone Leon with Carlos Leon, who was her personal trainer and lover.—
PARIS, FRANCE: U.S. pop star Madonna performs 28 September 1993 during her "Girlie Show" in Bercy Omnisport Palace in Paris. (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images) Even though Madonna proclaimed after her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour that she would never go on tour again, it only took her three years until she hit the road again with The Girlie Show Tour 1993. The Girlie Show was mounted in support of Madonna's critically-panned 1992 album, Erotica— Bertrand Guay / AFP
'Truth or Dare'
Pop star Madonna sings to a full house at Rotterdam's Fayanoord Stadium July 24, 1990 as part of The Blond Ambition Tour. The singer's then-largest tour incorporated as central themes sex and Catholicism, a combination which engendered controversy. The show's risque overtone caused problems. In Toronto, police were alerted that the show might possibly contain lewd and obscene content (particularly a simulated masturbation scene) and threatened charges unless parts of the show were changed. The show went on unaltered, however, and no charges were made. Reuters/Jerry Lampen— Jerry Lampen / © Jerry Lampen / Reuters
The marrying kind
Sean Penn and his wife, singer Madonna, stop April 17, 1986 to chat with reporters prior to the screening of Penn's new movie "At Close Range" in Los Angeles.While filming the music video for her single "Material Girl" in 1985, Madonna began dating actor Sean Penn. The two were married later that year on Madonna's twenty-seventh birthday; the marriage lasted less than four years. Of her marriage to Penn, Madonna told Tatler, "I was completely obsessed with my career and not ready to be generous in any shape or form." (AP photo/Craig Mathew)— Craig Mathew / AP
'Like a Virgin'
Madonna, LIKE A VIRGIN, 1985 (wearing famous Boy Toy belt). Like a Virgin" is the first number-one single from American singer Madonna, topping the charts at the end of 1984, and the beginning of 1985. Madonna became popular with teenagers due to her sexy appearance, and it wasn't long before teenage girls were dressing up as her.—
Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) at 7 years old, first communion, spring 1966. Madonna Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan. She is the third of six children born to Silvio "Tony" P. Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin. She was raised in a Catholic family in the Detroit suburbs. Madonna's mother died of breast cancer at age thirty on December 1, 1963, and Madonna has frequently discussed the impact her mother's death had on her life and career, calling it "one of the hardest things I've faced in my life.—