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Madonna (1958-)


Singer, actress, dancer, and musician. Dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, New York, NY, 1979; performer with various popular music groups during early 1980s, including Breakfast Club, Millionaires, Modern Dance, and Emmy; solo performer, 1983—; owner of Maverick Records (a recording label). Actress in films, including (as Bruna) A Certain Sacrifice, Commtron, 1980; (as nightclub performer) Vision Quest (also known as Crazy For You), Warner Bros., 1985; (as title role) Desperately Seeking Susan, Orion, 1985; (as Gloria Tatlock) Shanghai Surprise, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986; (as Nikki Finn) Who's That Girl, Warner Bros., 1987; (as Hortense Hathaway) Bloodhounds of Broadway, Columbia, 1989; (as Breathless Mahoney) Dick Tracy, Buena Vista, 1990; Truth or Dare (documentary; also known as Madonna: Truth or Dare and In Bed with Madonna), Miramax, 1991; (as Mae Mordabito) A League of Their Own, Columbia, 1992; (as Marie) Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992; (as Rebecca Carlson) Body of Evidence, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993; (as Sarah Jennings) Dangerous Game (also known as Snake Eyes), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993; (as singing telegram girl) Madonna Blue in the Face, Miramax, 1995; (as Elspeth) "Strange Brew," Four Rooms, Miramax, 1995; (as Boss Number 3) Girl 6, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1996; (as Eva [Duarte] Peron) Evita, Buena Vista/Hollywood Pictures, 1996; (as Abbie) The Next Best Thing, Lakeshore Entertainment/Paramount Pictures, 2000; (uncredited; as Star) The Hire: Star, 2001; (as Amber) Swept Away, Columbia, 2002; and (uncredited; as Verity) Die Another Day, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002.

Executive producer of films, including Truth or Dare (documentary; also known as Madonna: Truth or Dare and In Bed With Madonna), Miramax, 1991; Agent Cody Banks, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003; and She Rocks, 2004. Producer of and song performer for films, including A League of Their Own, Columbia, 1992; and With Honors, 1994. Producer of the film Chasing Fate, 2005. Song performer for films, including Gummo, Fine Line Features, 1997; The Real Blonde, Paramount, 1997; Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, New Line Cinema, 1999; Karaoke Verite, 1999; Never Been Kissed, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999; The Next Big Thing, Lakeshore Entertainment/Paramount Pictures, 2000; Snatch, Sony Pictures, 2000; Swept Away, Columbia, 2002; and Die Another Day, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002. Song performer for television series, including Wonderland, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 2000, and The Big Arvo, Channel Seven Australia, 2001—. Contributor of a video clip to the film Red Corner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997.

Appeared in videos, including Madonna, WEA, 1984; Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour, WEA, 1985; Madonna Ciao Italia: Live from Italy, WEA, 1988; Like a Prayer, 1989; Blond Ambition World Tour (also known as Blond Ambition), 1990; Justify My Love, 1990; Music, 2000; What It Feels Like for a Girl, 2001; Pepsi More Music: The DVD Volume 1, 2003; The Work of Director Chris Cunningham, 2003; and Star Academy 2: En Concert, 2003. Also appeared in numerous shorter videos.

Appeared in television specials, including American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration, 1985; Disney's D-TV Valentine, 1986; MTV Rewind, Music Television (MTV), 1989; Madonna—Live! Blond Ambition World Tour, Home Box Office (HBO), 1990; Sex in the '90s, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 1990; Rock the Vote, Fox, 1992; HBO's Twentieth Anniversary—We Hardly Believe It Ourselves, HBO, 1992; Madonna—Live Down Under: "The Girlie Show," HBO, 1993; Madonna: Exposed, syndicated, 1993; "Madonna," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1993; (as song performer) Fox on Ice, Fox, 1994; Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life, 1997; Madonna Rising, 1998; (as narrator) "The Camel Dances," Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny, 1998; Tony Bennett: An All-Star Tribute—Live by Request, 1998; Madonna, 1999; Paris Fashion Collections, 1999; Jarl & Madonna, 1999; There's Only One Madonna, 2001; Madonna Live: Drowned World Tour 2001, 2001; The New Royals, 2001; Premiere Bond: Die Another Day, 2002; Friday Night with Ross and Madonna, 2003; MTV Bash: Carson Daly, 2003; and MTV Europe Awards: Ten of the Best Performances, 2003. Also appeared in episodes of Behind the Music, VH1, 1997.

Appeared at televised awards presentations, including The Thirteenth Annual American Music Awards, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC), 1986; MTV's 1989 Video Music Awards, MTV, 1989; MTV's 1990 Video Music Awards, MTV, 1990; The Sixty-third Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1991; The 1993 MTV Music Video Awards, MTV, 1993; The Sixty-sixth Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1994; (as presenter) The 1995 MTV Music Video Awards, MTV, 1995; The 1995 BRIT Awards, ABC, 1995; The American Music Awards, ABC, 1995; The Sixty-eighth Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996; The Sixty-ninth Annual Academy Awards, 1997; The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, 1998; (as presenter) The Fifty-fifth Golden Globe Awards, 1998; (as presenter) GQ Men of the Year Award, 1998; (as presenter) The Eleventh Annual Kids' Choice Awards, 1998; (as presenter) The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards, 1998; The Fifth Annual MTV Europe Music Video Awards, 1998; (as presenter) The Seventieth Annual Academy Awards, 1998; (as presenter) The 1999 MTV Music Video Awards, MTV, 1999; The Forty-first Annual Grammy Awards, 1999; MTV Europe Music Awards 2000, MTV, 2000; The Forty-third Annual Grammy Awards, 2001; 2003 Radio Music Awards, 2003; and MTV Europe Music Awards 2003, MTV, 2003.

Actress in Broadway productions, including (as Karen) Speed-the-Plow, Royale Theatre, New York, NY, 1988.

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