• Birth

    Madonna was born to her parents Silvio "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Fortin in Bay City, Michigan.
  • Madonna's Mother Died

    Madonna's Mother Died
    Madonna's mother died of breast cancer which she was diagnosed with while she was pregnant with Madonna's youngest sister. Madonna was only 5 years old at this time.
  • Scholarship

    Madonna was a straight-A student, cheerleader and disciplined dancer. She also graduated a semester before her peers. She was offered a full scholarship to the University of Michigan's dance program.
  • Six week scholarship and rare opportunity

    Six week scholarship and rare opportunity
    Madonna was awarded a six-week scholarship to study with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. This was followed by a rare opportunity to perform with choreographer Pearl Lang in 1978.
  • Gilroy's Band

    Gilroy's Band
    Madonna joined Dan Gilroy's band as a drummer and later became its lead singer.
  • Became a Solo Singer

    Became a Solo Singer
    Madonna hired manager Camille Barbone of Gotham Records. She hired her to help get her singing career on track.
  • No. 1 on the Dance Charts

    No. 1 on the Dance Charts
    Madonna's friend Stephen Bray wrote her first hit, "Everybody". "Everybody hit No. 1 on the dance charts in 1982.
  • Madonna Got Married

    Madonna Got Married
  • Co-Starred in a Film

    Co-Starred in a Film
    Madonna co-starred in her first film with her husband Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise.
  • She Got Married...Again

    She Got Married...Again
    Madonna got married to British director, Guy Ritchie. ❤
  • American Music Awards

    Madonna won the Michael Jackson International Artist of the Year award at the American Music Awards.
  • Most Powerful Celebrities

    Madonna is ranked 8th on the Forbes "Most Powerful Celebrities" list.
  • Won a Grammy

    She won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album for "True Confessions on a Dance Floor."
  • Won a Grammy

    Madonna won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music video "The Confessions".
  • Quotes

    “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” “If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you're always going to be disappointed.”