Madonna Louise Ciccone (known simply as "Madonna"), born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958 (age 62), 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 was married for seven years to British film director Guy Ritchie and together they had six houses in London and a country home at Ashcombe. They are currently separated, with unclear possibilities for divorce.
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 a black Jesus Christ which comes to life during the course of the video. Her Truth or Dare "documentary" and an accompanying book provocatively titled "Sex" both were flagrant displays of her deviant sexual exploits and were harshly criticized by pro-family groups.