“It is better to live a year as a tiger than a hundred as a sheep” (Madonna, 1990’s)
Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone; August 16, 1958) is one of THE legends of American entertainment, and has successfully parlayed her musical career into also being an actress and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world’s top-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Considered to be one of the “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, she is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have also served as a lightning rod for controversy.
Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums that attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.
Although she received generally positive reviews for her role in “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985), her later film appearances were more widely received, seeing critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for “Evita” (1996), but has received harsh feedback for other performances. Her other ventures include: fashion design, writing children’s books, and film directing and producing, and is highly regarded as a a sharp business woman. She doesn’t look too shabby in her various stylish eye wear choices either, does she?