Madonna's Interesting Facts

1 Her first concert was in April of 1985 in Seattle, Washington. Her first concert in Canada that same year was in Toronto, Ontario.
2 Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Evita (1996). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
3 Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the actor's branch since 1999.
4 Agreed to speak at the Turner Prize 2001 (won by Martin Creed's room with the lights going on and off), but on condition that she was introduced as "Mrs Ritchie". She was introduced as Madonna, anyway. She said "It's 'Mrs Ritchie' actually" and finished her comments by saying "And for all those who want to put style over substance I say 'Rock on Mother*******!'" Someone in the audience whooped. Matthew Collins then apologized profusely for this incidence of swearing on live TV. A censor beep was used but not in time.
5 As she said in her MDNA tour(2012), she is a big fan of Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville.
6 Aunt of Levon and Lulu Henry, children of her sister Melanie and Joe Henry.
7 After having shot her new video "Sorry" for the second single from her successful album "Confessions on a dance-floor" she's planning to do a world-wide tour in summer. [January 2006]
8 Ending her sold out Re-Invention Tour; and launching dolls, tea sets and umbrellas based on her book "The English Roses". [September 2004]
9 Release of the book, "Life with My Sister Madonna" by Christopher Ciccone and Wendy Leigh. [July 2008]
10 Released her new album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" [October 2005]
11 Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon launched their fashion line, "Material Girl". [August 2010]
12 Touring with her "Sticky & Sweet Tour". Appeared at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA in November 2008. [November 2008]
13 Release of the book, "Madonna: Like An Icon" by Lucy O'Brien.
14 Was replaced by Meryl Streep in the film Music of the Heart.
15 Moved back to New York after an eight-year residence in London, England.
16 In April 2013, said she was selling "Trois Femmes a la Table Rouge" painting by Fernand Leger, which she bought in 1990 for $3.4 million, hoping it would fetch $5-7 million, so proceeds would benefit girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.
17 Had planned to deliver both daughter Lourdes Leon and son Rocco Ritchie naturally but ultimately delivered them via emergency Caesarean sections.
18 Has her look-alike puppet in the French Show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
19 Close friend of Debi Mazar.
20 Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her son Rocco Ritchie in order to begin performing in her fifth concert tour, "Drowned World Tour".
21 Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her daughter Lourdes Leon in order to begin recording her seventh studio album "Ray of Light".
22 Was 4 months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes Leon when she completed filming on Evita (1996).
23 For her 1992 erotic hardcover book - "Sex" - she was photographed by Steven Meisel.
24 James Foley, who directed both Madonna (Who's That Girl (1987)) and Sean Penn (At Close Range (1986)), served as best man at the couple's wedding (August 1985).
25 When the singer attempted to purchase a $1.2m apartment at Manhattan's famous San Remo high-rise on Central Park West, the residents' committee declined the singer's application. The media surmised that Madonna's celebrity pop status would have surely precipitated an endless draw for devoted fans and paparazzi, a predicament the residents were determined to avoid. Ultimately, Madonna moved into a nearby apartment at One West 64th Street, adjacent to the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
26 In the music video "Papa Don't Preach" (1986), Madonna's father is played by Danny Aiello.
27 She studied dance with the legendary Martha Graham.
28 Adopted a girl from Malawi, Chifundo Mercy James (born 2005) (June 12, 2009).
29 Her longtime publicist is Liz Rosenberg.
30 Had a falling out with deejay and former friend Junior Vasquez in 1996, after he released a single titled "If Madonna Calls," which included audio of a message that she left on his answering machine. The single, which was believe to be in retaliation for Madonna not showing up to one of his club events ended their friendship and professional relationship on bad terms. Madonna's blacklisting of Vasquez was confirmed by her longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg, who in a June 2003 news story in New York Magazine said "I can assure you that Madonna will never work with Junior again.".
31 She was one of the first celebrities who paid her tribute to Michael Jackson after his death.
32 Intimate telephone conversations between Madonna and Warren Beatty were edited out of her documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), when Beatty threatened legal action, as he did not know he was being recorded.
33 The costumes she wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier (including the controversial cone bras).
34 Madonna and Guy Ritchie's $1.3 million wedding took place at Scotland's Skibo Castle, where the couple booked all 21 rooms of the estate for guests.
35 Godfather of her son David is Rupert Everett.
36 After months of speculation, she and Guy Ritchie announced their separation. [October 2008]
37 Is a fan of Chris Isaak.
38 She and husband Guy Ritchie adopted a boy from Malawi, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie (born September 24th 2005). They filed the adoption papers on October 10, 2006 and the adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008.
39 Her 2008 song "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake and Tim Mosley (aka Timbaland) made her the female artist with the most Top 10 singles and the most number 1 hits (13) in the UK.
40 Supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 electoral campaign.
41 Thanked by Alanis Morissette in the liner notes of her album "Jagged Little Pill".
42 Inducted (by Justin Timberlake) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008. Other inductees are John Mellencamp (by Billy Joel), The Dave Clark Five (by Tom Hanks), Leonard Cohen (by Lou Reed) and The Ventures.
43 Good friends with Mary Lambert, Herb Ritts, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and David Fincher.
44 In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $72 million.
45 Her mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, was born on 11 July 1933 and died at the age of 30 on 1 December 1963. She was the mother of Anthony Ciccone (1956), Martin Ciccone (1957), Madonna (1958), Paula Ciccone (1959), Christopher Ciccone (1960), Melanie (1962). After his first wife's death, Silvio Ciccone married Joan Gustaffson (now Joan Ciccone (born in 1943), who gave birth to Mario (1968) and Jennifer (1969).
46 Four music videos that made it on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments: "Justify My Love" was #1, "Erotica" was #16, "Take a Bow" was #27, and "Open Your Heart" was #37.
47 Her 1989 album "Like A Prayer" ranked #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.
48 Six music videos that ranked on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos: "Like A Prayer" was #2, "Justify My Love" was #7, "Ray Of Light" was #40, "Material Girl" was #54, "Like A Virgin" was #61, and "Borderline" was #84.
49 Matthew Vaughn was Best Man at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.
50 Godparents of her son Rocco are Trudie Styler and Sting.
51 Provided the idea of doing a parody of "Like a Virgin" for Weird Al. "Like a Surgeon" was her original idea. Madonna's friend who worked at Weird Al's record company passed the message.
52 A fan of the book "Gone with the Wind".
53 Attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, the same high school attended by Karen Moncrieff, Joe Henry and David Geister.
54 Distantly related to Mark Wahlberg.
55 Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]
56 Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
57 14th September 1984: Nominated for MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and gives a memorable performance of "Like A Virgin" at the ceremony.
58 1982: Signs a deal with Sire Records.
59 14th January 1984: Performs "Holiday" on "Bandstand" (1952). It is her first national TV performance.
60 On her 1989 "Like A Prayer" album, she wrote a song about her failed marriage to Sean Penn called "Till Death Do Us Part".
61 Andy Warhol was among the guests at her wedding to Sean Penn.
62 On Oprah (October 25,2006) Madonna stated that the adoption of David is not official until one year from now. A child service worker needs to check if David is fed and taken care of properly. Then after a year, Madonna may or may not be David's adoptive mom.
63 Has stated that movie stars such as Carole Lombard, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Judy Holliday, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Rita Hayworth, and Dita Parlo are her idols.
64 Estimated in 2006 to have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
65 (October 12, 2006) A judge in Malawi has approved an official application filed by Madonna, confirming claims she has adopted a one-year-old boy named David. David was born September 24th 2005. Judge Andrew Nyirenda issued an interim order allowing the singer and husband Guy Ritchie to take custody of David at a high court in Lilongwe.
66 Appears in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the female singer with the highest annual earnings.
67 Had stated that Deborah Harry from Blondie and Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders were her main musical influences.
68 Ranked #1 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
69 Although her "Confessions Tour", which started on 21 May 2006, is expected to become the most successful tour by a female artist in history, it also sparked heavy criticism because she used religious symbols such as the crucifix in one part of the show.
70 1990: Allowed French TV host Michel Drucker to interview her in her L.A. home in 1990.
71 Childhood friend of Moira McFarland-Messana from Michigan.
72 1986: Wrote the song "Each Time You Break My Heart" for Nick Kamen.
73 Her version of "American Pie" was played for the first time at a John Galiano fashion show in 1999.
74 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV's 2006 TRL Awards (25 February 2006).
75 Former sister-in-law of Chris Penn and Michael Penn
76 Former daughter-in-law of Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan
77 Her personal stylist is Shavawn Marie Gordon (2005).
78 Her father and stepmother, Silvio Ciccone & Joan Ciccone, own and operate the award- winning Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City.
79 Was first introduced to her husband Guy Ritchie by Sting & Trudie Styler at their Country Estate. Sting was later made godfather of their first born son Rocco Ritchie.
80 Owns a house in Miami
81 Introduced the songs that won Oscars for Broadway "rivals" Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
82 Nicknames her daughter Lourdes "Lola".
83 The first song she ever wrote before she became famous was a song called "Tell the Truth".
84 Has two songs with the same title on two different albums: "Forbidden Love" which was included in her "Bedtime Stories" album; and "Forbidden Love" which was a track on her "Confessions on a Dance Floor" album. Although both songs have the same title, they are two totally different tracks.
85 Won two prizes at the 2006 Echo Awards for "Best Female Artist international" and "Hit of the Year" for "Hung Up" (12 March 2006).
86 "Hung Up" jumped seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 2005. Consequently the pop icon matches Elvis Presley's tally for top 10 hits - 36, the most for any artist in the rock era.
87 Motherhood has inspired her to write a number of critically-acclaimed children's books: "The Adventures of Abdi", "The English Roses", "Lotsa de Casha", "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and "Yakov and the Seven Thieves". All have become international best-sellers and earned her praise for the morals woven into the stories.
88 Her role in "Speed The Plow" on Broadway was taken over by Felicity Huffman.
89 Along with Pia Zadora, Sylvester Stallone, Pauly Shore and Demi Moore, one of the few people who have "won" back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. She "won" Worst Actress of 1987 for her performance in the film Shanghai Surprise (1986) and, then again, the next year she "won" Worst Actress of 1988 for her performance in the film Who's That Girl (1987).
90 Briefly hospitalized on her 47th birthday after breaking her hand and collar bone, and cracking three ribs after falling off a horse on her country estate.
91 Fell off a horse on her country estate in England, sustaining numerous injuries. [August 16, 2005]
92 Favorite Designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Betsy Johnson, Gianni Versace, Stella McCartney, Maripol.
93 Is a distant cousin of Gwen Stefani. Gwen's great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the same last name with Madonna.
94 Is a big fan of Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.
95 Is spoofed in Eminem's music video "Just lose it"
96 Good friends with singer Britney Spears
97 One of the very few friends she has kept from the old days is her former makeup artist, Debi Mazar, who is now an actress.
98 Voted #35 on Playboy's "100 sexiest women" of the 20th Century (Jan 2000).
99 Nude pictures of her taken years earlier, when she was a starving dancer, ran in Penthouse magazine. Due to the success of that issue, she posed nude again in the coffee table book "Sex" which became an instant best seller.
100 Is the only person to "win" the awards for Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple at the Razzie Awards all in the same year. She "won" Worst Supporting Actress in the film Die Another Day (2002). She shared the Worst Screen Couple award with Adriano Giannini in Swept Away (2002). And she tied for Worst Actress in Swept Away (2002) with Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002).
101 Was Prince's first choice for the role of the Kid's angelic muse Aura in his movie musical Graffiti Bridge (1990). She turned it down, brazenly telling him "the screenplay was awful." When it was finally released in theaters, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb.
102 Turned down the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
103 Re-Invention Tour was the #1 world tour of 2004 grossing over $125 million. 55 of 56 shows were sold-out. (Billboard Boxscore)
104 Her son, Rocco Ritchie, with Ritchie, was born by emergency C-section - 3 weeks early. [11 August 2000]
105 Was born at Bay City Mercy Hospital in Bay City, Michigan.
106 Once had two pets named Chiquita (chichuahua) and Pepito (bull terrier).
107 Her grandparents are named Elsie Fortin and Willard Fortin (1904-1959).
108 Has a great-aunt named Bambina De Giulio.
109 Had lived in Pontiac, Michigan before living in Rochester Hills from 6th grade until she moved away to college.
110 A fan of the film Grey Gardens (1975), and La Dolce vita (1960).
111 She was voted the 36th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
112 Her song "La Isla Bonita" (1986) was inspired by a visit she made to San Pedro, Ambergris Cay, Belize, with her then-husband Sean Penn
113 24th July 1985: The fourth and final single from "Like A Virgin", "Dress You Up" shimmied to #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100, Australiam Canada and the UK. It stayed on the US chart for 16 weeks and was certified silver in the UK. Other chart activity includes: #6 in Europe and Japan. #18 in France. #20 in Germany. "Dress You Up" was also used as a cartoon music video for DTV (a 'Walt Disney' version of MTV for kids). However, the song became the subject of controversy when the Parents Music Resource Center's Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, called "Dress You Up" "vulgar music" after hearing her daughter Karenna listen to the song (along with "Darling Nikki" by 'Prince (I)'); and soon the PMRC listed "Dress You Up" as #8 on their "Filthy Fifteen" list, for the perceived sexual content in the song's lyrics, leading to the creation of the "Parental Advisory" labels. The single's music video was her first "live" clip, taken from "The Virgin Tour Live" VHS and directed by Daniel Kleinman. The 12" maxi-single featured: "Dress You Up (Album Version)", "Dress You Up (12" Formal Mix)", "Dress You Up (Casual Instrumental Mix)" and "Shoo Bee Doo (Album Version)".
114 1986: "Borderline" re-issued as a single in the UK where it peaked at #2 (54 places higher than its original release) and be certified Silver. It also peaked at #21 on Europe charts for two weeks.
115 April 1985: Her first ever concert tour "The Virgin Tour" opens in Seattle, WA with the Beastie Boys as the supporting act. In June 1985 the tour ends with performances at Radio City Music Show in New York. On 11th January 1986, the show is released on home video as "The Virgin Tour: Live". Directed by Daniel Kleinman, it peaked at #1 on the Billboard home video chart, where it stayed for 49 weeks. The release includes 10 of the 13 songs performed at the show. It unfortunately leaves out "Angel", "Burning Up" and "Borderline".
116 Siblings: Martin Ciccone (1957), Anthony Ciccone (1956), Christopher Ciccone (1960), Paula Ciccone (1959), Melanie (1962), Mario (1969) and Jennifer (1968).
117 She has posed nude at least three times in her career: briefly in A Certain Sacrifice (1985), in some nude photos taken before she became famous in the late 1970s which eventually ran in Penthouse magazine and in the 1992 photo and interview book "Sex" which became a worldwide best seller.
118 She is a fan of Carole Lombard, Betty Grable and Katharine Hepburn.
119 In 2003, three different action figures were made of her likeness based on her character, Susan, from the movie Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).
120 Parodied by Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live (1975).
121 Is good friends with Björk, who also wrote the song 'Bedtime Story' for her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories.
122 Won Best Chart Act at the 2004 Dancestar USA Awards, in Bayfront Park, Miami. (9th March 2004)
123 Her 1985 hit "Into The Groove" was ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, while "Vogue" placed in the top 10 at #4.
124 "The Immaculate Collection" voted #1 on Blender magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time List. (Januray 2002)
125 Voted #3 on the reader-voted Favorite Female List for Rolling Stone Magazine's 2001 Music Awards list, following Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez (January 2002).
126 Won Best Solo Dance Artist at the 17th International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. (March 2002)
127 Ranked #6 in Life's 100 Greatest Rockers List (March 2002).
128 Received a career award at the 2004 French NRJ Awards (January 2004).
129 Her wedding dress for her 2000 wedding to director Guy Ritchie was designed by her friend Stella McCartney.
130 Ranked #8 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
131 December 2003 - announced she was starting a merchandising line of dolls, apparel, home decor, etc. as a tie-in to her best-selling children's book, "The English Roses".
132 Purchased a mini mansion for daughter Lourdes in 2003. Produced by Posh Tots, a mini-mansion ranges in price from US$6,500 to US$125,000, and can even be installed with cable TV and running water.
133 Her mother and her two uncles were buried at Calvary Cemetery in Bay City, Michigan.
134 Her parents were married at Visitation Catholic Church in Bay City, Michigan on July 2, 1955.
135 Attended West Junior High in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the 8th grade.
136 Attended St. Andrew's Elementary School (now Holy Family Regional).
137 Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "You Were Right" by Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy.
138 Madonna and Céline Dion share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor named Zacharie Cloutier. Also related to Camilla Parker-Bowles and Ellen DeGeneres.
139 Featured on the sleeve of the album, "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors", by former Marillion singer, Fish. She is also mentioned in his song, "Big Wedge".
140 Her song 'Little star' is dedicated to her daughter, Lourdes (aka Lourdes Leon).
141 Has a personal collection of paintings by Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
142 In November 2000, she held a live concert at the Brixton Academy in London which was broadcast over the Internet. A record nine million people watched the event, making it the largest live webcast of all time.
143 She started fashion trends in 1984 with her unique look using rosaries and crosses as jewelry and black rubber typewriter bands as bracelets. Legions of adolescent girls mimicked her look and a Madonna clothing store was opened in New York. Again in 2001, another huge fashion trend was set off by the "Material Mom", this time with western wear - cowboy hats and mud-splattered jeans.
144 In October 2000, Madonna won her fight against a cybersquatter using the domain name to operate a pornography website. The UN World Intellectual Property Organization found that site operator Dan Parisi "lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name." Parisi claims that he was in the process of handing over the rights to the domain name to a US hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation, which has the domain name, when the case started.
145 Sister-in-law of Joe Henry who write for "Don't Tell Me" and "Jump" from Madonna's albums "Music"(2003) and "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (2005) respectively.
146 Her father is Italian, her mother was French-Canadian.
147 Her grandparents are Michelina and Gaetano Ciccone.
148 Gwyneth Paltrow was the Maid of Honor at her wedding to Guy Ritchie.
149 Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
150 She campaigned for the role of Frida Kahlo, as did Jennifer Lopez, and tried to get a film made for numerous years. She had hoped to actually star with Marlon Brando as Diego Rivera, but due to her lack of box office draw at the time, the film idea went nowhere. After Evita (1996), she and Salma Hayek were both interested in films about the artist. Hayek's film won favor and was greenlit.
151 As of 2001, her albums have sold 153 million copies worldwide.
152 A September 2000 Rolling Stone article estimated her worth as $650 million. Since then, she has released the album "Music", which sold 12 million copies, has had a 47-date sold-out worldwide tour, completed a movie, and released a greatest hits compilation.
153 Her first film, A Certain Sacrifice (1985), was released in 1985, after she became a star, but was actually shot in two parts, the first in 1979, and the other, in 1981.
154 Appeared in a stage play in 1986 called "Goose And Tom-Tom" with then-husband Sean Penn.
155 Appeared in a filmed stage play in 1980 called "In Artificial Light", in which she wrote her own part.
156 Her film Shanghai Surprise (1986) was a box-office disaster, costing $17 million and grossing only $2.
157 Did a Japanese commercial for Panasonic in 1987.
158 Appeared in a 1988 stage play with Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna called "Speed-The-Plow".
159 On January 25, 1989, Madonna had a $5 million contract with Pepsi to promote their product as well as cross-promote her new album, "Like a Prayer". However, on March 3, when the video for the first single, "Like a Prayer", was released, it caused international controversy, with images of burning crosses, murder, and racism, and Pepsi soon retracted their contract, after March 2, when the 2-minute commercial was only viewed once, during The Cosby Show (1984). The single later soared to Number 1 on the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. She later thanked Pepsi for creating such controversy.
160 Named one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991', and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
161 Born on Saturday at 7:05 AM EDT.
162 Bought mansion in the Hollywood Hills originally built for Rudolph Valentino.
163 Her birthday is also the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
164 Has a reported IQ of 140.
165 Her infamous 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) had her saying the "f" word 13 times.
166 Resides in Marylebone, London and a country estate in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.
167 Graduated from Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, in 1976. Won a scholarship to study modern dance and drama for 3 semesters at the University of Michigan. Other alumni of Rochester Adams High School include her brother-in-law Joe Henry, Karen Moncrieff, David Geister.
168 Owner of Maverick Records label (1992-2004).
169 In his 38th annual Worst Dressed List published in January 1998, Mr. Blackwell wrote about her questionable taste in clothing the previous year, "Let's be blunt, yesterday's Evita is today's Velveeta."
170 Was good friends with Gwyneth Paltrow before she declined her invitation to join her Kabbalah study group in London. A similar thing happened to her friendship with Debi Mazar, who didn't like Madonna's participation in the Kabbalah.
171 Turned down the role of Cristal Conners in Showgirls (1995).
172 Turned down the lead in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).
173 Wanted to play the role of Ginger in Casino (1995), but the role was given to Sharon Stone instead.
174 Her daughter Lourdes was named as a tribute to Madonna's mother, who wanted to visit Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, appeared in 1858, but died before doing so.
175 High school cheerleader.
176 Was supposed to play the lead in Music of the Heart (1999) but dropped out two weeks before filming was set to begin.
177 Her song, "Vogue", is a tribute to the glamour of classic Hollywood. Celebrities mentioned in the song are Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, and Bette Davis.
178 Unanimously condemned by the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for pulling a Puerto Rican flag between her legs in an October 26, 1993 concert.
179 Studied with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and Pearl Lang's Dance Company in Manhattan.
180 Gave birth to baby daughter named Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (aka Lourdes Leon). The father is actor/fitness instructor Carlos Leon. [October 1996]
181 Her record company Maverick Records signed a distribution deal with A Band Apart Records, a record company founded by Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender. A Band Apart Records will focus on film soundtracks. [July 1997]
182 Her videos "Justify My Love" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" were banned from VH1 & MTV. "Erotica" (1992), though not banned, was only played after midnight on MTV.
183 Brother Christopher Ciccone designs restaurant interiors. Renovated a mansion overlooking Hudson River north of New York City in the same West Nyack community that's home to Rosie O'Donnell and director Jonathan Demme.
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