Father: Silvio Ciccone, an engineer
Mother: Madonna (Fortin) Ciccone
Marriages: Guy Ritchie (December 22, 2000-November 21, 2008, divorced); Sean Penn (August 16, 1985-September 14, 1989, divorced)
Children: adopted: Mercy, Stella and Esther (twins); adopted with Guy Ritchie: David; with Guy Ritchie: Rocco; with Carlos Leon: Lourdes
Education: Attended University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, 1976-1978
Early 1980s – Performs in New York dance clubs with bands including the Millionaires, Modern Dance and Emmy.
1982 – Signs a contract with Sire Records, an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records.
July 1983 – Her self-titled debut album is released. It features such hits as “Borderline,” “Lucky Star” and “Burning Up.”
1984 – Madonna performs the song, “Like a Virgin,” in a wedding dress, on the first MTV Video Music Awards. The provocative performance helps propel the song to the top of the Billboard singles chart. It’s her first #1 single.
1985 – Stars in the film, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and launches her first major concert tour.
1988 – Makes her Broadway acting debut in the David Mamet play, “Speed-the-Plow.”
1990 – MTV bans her sexually explicit video “Justify My Love.”
May 10, 1991 – “Truth or Dare,” a documentary about Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour, is released.
April 1992 – Time Warner signs her to a multimedia deal that includes albums, books and videos. With the deal, Madonna launches her own record label, Maverick Records. Reportedly, the contract is worth $60 million.
1992 – Madonna’s photo book titled “Sex” is published, and within a week, it tops the New York Times bestseller list.
1992-2004 – Head of Maverick Records.
March 1994 – Appears on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The expletive-laced interview garners high ratings but also prompts viewers to write letters of complaint to the FCC. Rolling Stone magazine later ranks it as one of Letterman’s most iconic TV moments.
February 24, 1999 – Wins three Grammy Awards, for Best Dance Recording for “Ray of Light,” Best Pop Album for “Ray of Light ” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Ray of Light.”
February 23, 2000 – Wins a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for “Beautiful Stranger,” from the soundtrack of “Austin Powers – The Spy who Shagged Me.”
August 16, 2005 – Falls off a horse at her home outside London, suffering three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand.
October 2006 – Madonna and Ritchie begin the process of adopting a baby boy named David Banda from Malawi, despite laws that forbid non-residents from adopting Malawian children. Children’s rights groups attempt to block the adoption, but Madonna and Ritchie are eventually allowed to adopt the child.
February 11, 2007 – Wins a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album for “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
February 10, 2008 – Wins a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for “The Confessions Tour.”