Published On: Jun 02 2011 10:11:55 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 16 2015 07:39:36 AM CDT
Pop queen Madonna was born on Aug. 16, 1958. Here's a look at the pop queen's life and career over the years.
July 1983: Madonna's self-titled debut album was released on July 27, 1983, about a month before her 25th birthday. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, and yielded the hit singles "Holiday," "Borderline" and "Lucky Star."
November 1984: Madonna's second album, "Like a Virgin," solidified the singer's status as a star. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and sold more than 21 million copies worldwide.
January 1985: The video for "Like a Virgin's" second single, "Material Girl," mimicked Marilyn Monroe's performance of the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
March 1985: Madonna made her debut in mainstream movies in 1985, first with a brief appearance in "Vision Quest" and then in the comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" (pictured).
June 1986: "True Blue," Madonna's third studio album, spawned three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach" and "Open Your Heart", and two more top-five singles: "True Blue" and "La Isla Bonita."
August 1986: Madonna followed up "Desperately Seeking Susan" with "Shanghai Surprise," co-starring with her then-husband Sean Penn. The couple filed for divorce in December 1987.
August 1987: Madonna performs on stage during a Rotterdam, Netherlands, stop on her Who's That Girl World Tour on Aug. 26, 1987.
February 1989: Madonna stirred up a firestorm with her video for "Like a Prayer," which featured Catholic symbols such as stigmata and burning crosses, included a dream about making love to a saint and was condemned by the Vatican.
March 1989: "Like a Prayer" was the first single off Madonna's fourth studio album of the same name. The album also featured the hits "Cherish" and "Express Yourself."
August 1989: The black-and-white video for "Cherish," which was shot at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, Calif., premiered on MTV on August 28, 1989.
June 1990: Madonna starred as "Breathless" Mahoney in the film "Dick Tracy," with Warren Beatty playing the title role. The two began a relationship during filming, but it ended before the end of 1990.
March 1990: For a while Madonna had everybody "voguing," thanks to the music video for "Vogue," which was featured on Madonna's Dick Tracy soundtrack, "I'm Breathless."
September 1990: Madonna sits with her then-boyfriend, model Tony Ward, and one of her backup singers, Donna Delory, at the AIDS Project Los Angeles benefit concert on Sept. 7, 1990.
May 1991: The documentary "Truth or Dare" followed Madonna on her controversial "Blond Ambition" tour in 1990.
July 1992: Madonna starred in the movie "A League of Their Own," which told the story of the first female professional baseball league. She recorded the film's theme song, "This Used to Be My Playground," which became a Hot 100 No. 1 hit.
October 1992: Madonna's fifth studio album, "Erotica," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Its title track peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
January 1993: The provocative imagery that had become her trademark continued with the erotic thriller "Body of Evidence," a film co-starring Willem Dafoe and containing scenes of sadomasochism and bondage.
September 1993: Madonna performs on stage at Wembley Stadium during The Girlie Show World Tour's stop in London.
October 1994: Madonna's sixth studio album, "Bedtime Stories," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and produced four singles, including "Secret" and "Take a Bow."
December 1994: The video for "Take a Bow" was a lavish period piece casting Madonna as a Spanish bullfighter's neglected lover.
December 1996: Madonna landed the lead role in "Evita," telling the story of Eva Peron, Argentina's first lady from 1946 to her death at age 33 in 1952.
March 1998: Madonna's seventh studio album, "Ray of Light," was honored with four Grammy Awards, and listed as one of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
September 2000: Madonna's eighth studio album, "Music," became her first No. 1 album in 11 years since "Like a Prayer." It produced three singles: "Music," "Don't Tell Me" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl."
January 2001: Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, arrive at the premiere of the movie "Snatch" on Jan. 18, 2001, in Hollywood, California.
October 2002: Madonna starred in "Swept Away," alongside Adriano Giannini. The movie was directed by Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie.
April 2003: The movie wasn't the only thing Madonna and Ritchie produced together. The two also have a son, Rocco John Ritchie, who was born Aug. 11, 2000. Ritchie is seen here with his son on April 22, 2003, in New York City.
April 2003: Madonna released her ninth studio album, "American Life," which was based on her observations of American society, and received mixed reviews.
August 2003: Remember this kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards Show? Following the kiss, Madonna also planted a kiss on fellow performer Christina Aguilera.
November 2005: Her 10th studio album, the dance-infused "Confessions on a Dance Floor," won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
April 2006: Madonna performs at the Coachella Music Festival on April 30, 2006, in Indio, California.
March 2008: Madonna poses with Iggy Pop and Justin Timberlake in the press room during her induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on March 10, 2008.
April 2008: Madonna's 11th studio album, "Hard Candy," featured the Justin Timberlake-collaboration "4 Minutes." The song was Madonna's 37th Hot 100 top-10 hit, pushing her past Elvis Presley as the artist with the most top-10 hits.
May 2008: Actress Sharon Stone (R) joins Madonna at the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2008 event during the 61st Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2008.
July 2008: After Madonna was tied to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the tabloids, Boston Red Sox fans tease Rodriguez by holding up pictures of the singer behind him as he stands in the on-deck circle at Fenway Park on July 25, 2008.
October 2008: Madonna and director Guy Ritchie, married for eight years, announced their divorce on Oct. 15, 2008. The photo here is from the 61st Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2008.
November 2008: Five years after their infamous kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears joins Madonna during her Sticky and Sweet Tour at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
December 2009: Lourdes Leon, Madonna's daughter (born on Oct. 14, 1996) is used to the limelight. Here, she arrives with her mom at the premiere of the film "Nine" in New York on Dec. 15, 2009.
April 2010: Madonna also has two adopted children, son David Banda and daughter Mercy James, both from Malawi, where she partially funded an orphanage. In this photo, Madonna arrives with Mercy James and Lourdes to visit a childcare center in Lilongwe, Malawi, on April 8, 2010.
September 2011: Madonna arrives at the premiere of the movie "W.E." during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12, 2011. The movie was Madonna's second time directing a film, following 2008's "Filth and Wisdom."
January 2012: Madonna poses with her award for best original song for "Masterpiece" from the movie "W.E." backstage at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15, 2012.
February 2012: Cee Lo Green performs "Like a Prayer" with Madonna during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI.
March 2012: Madonna's 12th studio album, "MDNA," was released March 26.
August 2012: Madonna performs at the MDNA North America Tour Opener at the Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
January 2014: Madonna and her son David Banda arrive at the 56th Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
January 2014: Mary Lambert and Madonna perform "Same Love" with Macklemore (far left) and Ryan Lewis (far right) at the 2014 Grammys on Jan. 26, 2014. During the song more than 30 couples were married in the aisles among the stars watching in the Staples Center.
February 2015: Madonna attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the STAPLES Center on Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.
March 2015: Madonna's 13th studio album, "Rebel Heart," will be released on March 10, 2015. The album's release date was moved up after a series of leaks, including 13 unfinished demos, hit the Internet in late 2014, leading the singer to compare the incident to "artist rape."
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