Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Ritchie was born in Bay City, Michigan, and is one of eight children in a large Italian family. She demonstrated an early love for music and dance, winning a scholarship to the University of Michigan and working with Martha Graham and the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop in New York.
Madonna was signed to Sire Records in 1982 and over the last 20 year has sold two hundred million albums worldwide with a run of over 25 Top Ten singles.
Madonna‚Äôs film career includes the hits Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, A League of Their Own, and the acclaimed documentary Truth or Dare. Her starring role in the film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‚Äôs musical, Evita, won her a Golden Globe award.
Madonna has also appeared in the highly regarded Broadway production of David Mamet‚Äôs Speed-the-Plow, and made her West End stage debut in spring 2002 in a sold-out run of the play Up For Grabs.
Her series of five books for children, launched in 2003 with The English Roses, has sold more than 1.5 million copies in 44 languages in 100 countries.
Madonna lives with her husband, movie director Guy R
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Books:The English Roses, Too Good to be True, November 2006