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Now a certified sensation, Madonna embarked on a sold-out tour; appeared in the modestly entertaining feature films Vision Quest and Desperately Seeking Susan (both 1985); married actor Sean Penn; and made her theatrical debut opposite him in a 1986 production of David Rabe's Goose and Tom-Tom. The media-magnetic couple wed in 1985 on Madonna's birthday, August 16 in Malibu, California. The partnership produced the truly dreadful film Shanghai Surprise (1986) and zillions of tabloid headlines, and ended in divorce less than four years later.

Controversy not entirely unwanted controversy became Madonna's next companion. The title track to her 1989 album Like a Prayer reaped tremendous publicity by virtue of its highly contested music video, which featured a slip-clad Madonna dancing before burning crosses, kissing an African-American saint, and displaying spontaneous stigmata. The resulting outcry from religious groups prompted Pepsi to cancel its sponsorship of her tour and to pull the plug on a TV commercial starring the kinky video vixen. And what lesson did Madonna take away from this escapade? Scandal sells. She went on to employ similar promotional techniques to boost ticket sales for her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, box- office figures for the documentary Truth or Dare (1991), and sales of the X-rated Sex book and the similarly-themed album Erotica (1992).

In 1992, Madonna cemented her superstardom with a seven-year, $60- million deal with Time Warner. Under the pact, Madonna became head of her own label, Maverick, which she formed with longtime manager Freddy DeMann. Initially dismissed as a vanity studio, Maverick has succeeded beyond even the Material Girl's most ambitious dreams, thanks largely to the label's best-selling artists, Alanis Morissette and the English techno band Prodigy. After the uproar surrounding Sex subsided, Madonna, realizing she was seriously overexposed, slipped out of the limelight and into a handful of low-key film roles in such indie fare as Blue in the Face and Four Rooms (both 1995). When she reemerged, she embodied two new personae: mother-to-be and serious actress. On October 14, 1996, she and then- boyfriend Carlos Leon welcomed daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon whom mama Madonna calls Lola into the world. In addition, the lambasted star of such filmic flops as Who's That Girl? (1987) and Body of Evidence (1993) appeared as the titular heroine of Evita (1996). It was a role she seemed born to play. At least the Hollywood Foreign Press Association thought so it honored Madonna with a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Ever the shape-shifting provocateur, Madonna has built her career by aggressively strip-mining pop culture, donning a spectrum of usually shocking, always rebellious cultural personae like so many costume changes in her quest for self-realization. But in the wake of Lourdes' birth, a singularly sedate, subdued, and spiritually-centered woman emerged: a hardworking and privacy-guarding mom devoted to raising her kid, managing her empire, and selecting her artistic projects very carefully.

Nowhere was Madonna's newfound state of meditative reserve and self- awareness more readily in evidence than on her 1998 release Ray of Light, a moody, introspective (yet danceable!) album she created with the express intent of affecting people "in a quieter way," as she related to one interviewer. She waited a full year after winning the Golden Globe for her Evita turn before signing to play Velma Kelly to Goldie Hawn's Roxie Hart in Chicago, a film based on the hit 1975 Kander and Ebb Broadway musical of the same name. Never one to limit her media boundaries, the continually morphing pop icon is hard at work establishing two new Maverick divisions which she will head: Mad Guy Television and Mad Guy Films.

Madonna (2003) Madonna - Drowned World Tour 2001 DVD Buy this DVD
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Collection Madonna - The Immaculate Collection (1990) DVD Buy this DVD
Books Madonna: In Her Own Words by Mick St. Michael, Mick St Michael Buy this book (August 2000)
Ultimate Who's That Girl: The Ultimate Madonna Trivia Book Buy this book (December 2001)

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