Madonna Louise Ciccone (known simply as "Madonna") (b. Bay City, Michigan, August 16, 1958) is an American singer known for her immodest style of dress, songs, music videos and books. She has also been associated with extremely sacrilegious material such as videos featuring her simulating immoral acts with statues.
She has had starring roles in a number of films including Desparately Seeking Susan, Evita, Dick Tracy and Shanghai Surprise, in the last with her then husband Sean Penn. Overall her movie success did not live up to the success of her singing career and was dropped after her last films were poorly viewed. She is now married to British film director Guy Ritchie and has six houses in London and a stately country home at Ashcombe.
Madonna is an extremely controversial figure for her "risqué" attitudes towards religion and sexuality. This is perhaps best exemplified in the music videos for her songs "Erotica," featuring implied homosexuality and other abhorrent sexual practices, and "Like a Prayer" which implies a sexual relationship between Madonna and a sculpture of Jesus Christ which comes to life during the course of the video.
- London Daily Mail