50 Facts For Madonna's 50th Birthday
Madonna's birthday took place on 16th August, with her turning 50-years-old in 2008. In celebration, here are 50 facts and bits of trivia about the singer:
1. Madonna has appeared in 22 movies.
2. Madonna was named as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th Century by The Recording Industry Association of America, also being the second best-selling female artist in the US after selling 63 million albums.
3. In 1986, Madonna made her theatrical debut alongside her husband Sean Penn in 'Goose + Tom Tom', as well as appearing with him onscreen in 'Shanghai Surprise' in the same year.
4. Wine, with five varieties from Pinot Grigio to Chardonnay, ranging from around 25 to 50 USD per bottle.
5. Worldwide, Madonna has sold 200 million records, making her Guinness World Records' most successful female artist in the world.
6. Madonna has five siblings, and is the daughter of Silvio Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin.
7. Madonna served as a drummer for New York pop band Breakfast Club, along with ex-boyfriends Dan Gilroy and Stephen Bray, and 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson.
8. Madonna's father had two children before marrying her mother, giving her a stepbrother and stepsister.
9. Madonna's album, 'Like a Virgin', was voted by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to be one of the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time, before Madonna herself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
10. Madonna is also the inspiration for Celebrity Cellars' collectible wine 'Madonna - Confessions of a Dance Floor'.
11. To date, Madonna has released 68 singles.
12. Sting is the godfather to Rocco - the song of Madonna and Guy Ritchie.
13. Madonna and Sean Penn separated from one-another on New Year's Eve, 1988.
14. Since moving to the UK, Madonna has become the most successful female artist in the country with more number one singles than any female UK solo artist.
15. Madonna has had a species of tardigrade (waterbear) named after her.
16. Madonna's father, Tony Ciccone, owns a wine business and has named a new brand of Madonna
17. Madonna debuted on London's West End in 2002 on 'Up For Grabs'
18. Madonna has written 10 books of children's literature, with 'The English Roses' being published in 2003.
19. When the UK Music Hall of fame began in 2004, Madonna was among the inaugural inductees along with Elvis, Bob Marley, U2 and The Beatles.
20. Madonna is the only artist to have performed at Live Aid (1985), Live 8 (2005) and Live Earth (2007).
21. People magazine voted Madonna amongst their '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991' and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.
22. Madonna created a clothing line for H&M in March, 2007.
23. Madonna was approached about having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, but showed no interest.
24. While at Rochester Adams High School, Madonna was a cheerleader.
25. Madonna was paid 5 million USD for a Pepsi commercial, even though it never aired because of its controversial religious overtones.
26. Madonna is friends with Sting and his wife Trudie Styler - the latter introduced her to current husband Guy Ritchie.
27. Madonna has a condition called brontophobia, which is a fear of thunder.
28. Before Michelle Pfeiffer was cast, Madonna was considered for the role of Catwoman in 1992's 'Batman Returns'.
29. Madonna has won nine Razzie Awards for either Worst Actress or Worst Supporting Actress.
30. Madonna is supposedly distantly linked to Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion and Mark Wahlberg.
31. Madonna originally auditioned for a part in 'The Bodyguard' before Whitney Houston landed the role.
32. Madonna's least favourite colour is orange.
33. In the 1996 movie 'Four Rooms', Madonna played a lesbian witch.
34. Madonna originally wanted to be a ballet dancer.
35. Madonna's first solo tour was supported by The Beastie Boys.
36. In 2002, Madonna was voted Number 1 as VH1's '100 Sexiest Artists'.
37. Madonna was offered the leading role in both 'Showgirls' and 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' but turned down the roles.
38. Madonna is 5 feet and 44 inches tall.
39. Madonna has won 5 of the 18 Grammy Awards that she has been nominated for.
40. Madonna has been a vegetarian since the age of 15.
41. In 1999, Madonna was named as one of 'People Magazine''s worst-dressed people.
42. Madonna's 1992 book 'Sex' featured naked pictures of the star, and was so popular it completely sold out in 48 hours and required a re-print.
43. Madonna's album 'True Blood' was entirely dedicated to Sean Penn, her husband at the time.
44. Madonna's wedding in 2000 included Gwyneth Paltrow as her Maid of Honour.
45. Four of Madonna's music videos were directed by David Fincher.
46. MTV banned the videos for 'What it Feels Like For a Girl' and 'Justify My Love'.
47. Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, with her grandparents coming from Pacentro, Italy. Pacentro build a 13-foot statue of Madonna in 1988.
48. Madonna received a Golden Globe Award in 1997 for her role in 'Evita', beating Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Debbie Reynolds and Barbra Streisand.
49. Before making a name for herself, Madonna subsidised her income by working at a New York City Dunkin' Donuts, before being fired for squirting jam in a customer's face.
50. Madonna released her first single, 'Everybody', on 24th April 1982.