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From singer to actress to mom, the many reincarnations of Madonna.

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Material grills

ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 21: Madonna visits the Hard Candy Fitness Roma at Colosseo on August 21, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
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Top touring artist

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Madonna poses in the press room during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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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)
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Visiting Malawi

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Family trip

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
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Hello, boys

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Anderson Cooper and Madonna poses backstage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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3 cheers

US singer Madonna performs in the framework of the "MDNA" tour at Atanasio Girardot stadium in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, on November 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Super appearance

Madonna performs during the halftime show in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
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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)
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Golden girl

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
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Surrounded by family

Madonna and her Boyfriend arrive at Heathrow Airport. Madonna's boyfriend is pictured being friendly with the children as he touches down at Heathrow. Pictured: Madonna, Braihim Zaibat, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, Mercy Ritchie and David Banda
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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)
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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
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Bringing hard bodies to the masses

US musician Madonna poses for the photographers during the opening her gym called "Hard Candy Fitness" in Mexico City on November 29, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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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)
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Madonna on marriage

THE MARRIAGE REF -- 100: Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Madonna -- Pictured: (l-r) -- Photo by: Patrick Harbron/NBC
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Cultured bunch

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
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Offering hope

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
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Sweet as can be

U.S. singer Madonna performs during her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, July 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Paying respects

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)
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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.
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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)
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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)
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Madonna and Jesus

NEW YORK - MARCH 1: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Madonna and model Jesus Luz are seen on the streets of Manhattan on March 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
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Tip of the cap

Madonna performs at the Pepsi Center Tuesday night, her first performance ever in Denver, as part of the North American leg of her "Sticky & Sweet Tour" in Denver, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Bill Ross)
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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
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Bringing sexy back, again

Madonna, left, is joined by Justin Timberlake for a duet during her performance to celebrate the release of her new CD "Hard Candy" at Roseland Ballroom, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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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 **
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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)
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Bedtime stories

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.
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True 'Confessions'

LONDON - AUGUST 01: Madonna performs at the first London concert of her "Confessions" world tour at Wembley Arena August 1, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Madonna
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Disco diva

After coming out f a giant disco ball, Madonna sings her new single "Hung Up". at the 12th annual MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at the Atlantic Pavilion on November 3, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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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)
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Great Scot

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.
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Mamma Mia!

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)
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Shining brightly

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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.
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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
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'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
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Hello, God? It's me, Madonna

Madonna in the 1998 music video for" Like a Prayer," her fourth album. The album sparked new controversies due to the title track's video combination of religious and sexual imagery, including Madonna having sex with a black Jesus, burning crosses, and stigmata.
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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)
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Who's that girl?

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Madonna, 1985. (c) Orion Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.
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'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.
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Pop princess

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.
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