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Madonna

Highest Rated:   87% Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Lowest Rated:   5% Swept Away (2002)
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Birthplace:   Bay City, Michigan
Possessing one of the most distinctive voices in pop music and one of the most distressing résumés on the big screen, Madonna has proven that whatever the role -- screwball seductress, martyred Argentinian first lady, embittered single mom-cum-yoga instructrix -- her abilities as a performer will manage to undermine any production whose credits bear her name. Like Elvis before her, Madonna has proven that no matter how sterling a pop reputation an artist may have, success on the Billboard Top 100 does not translate into similar plaudits at the box office.Born Madonna Ciccone in Bay City, MI, in 1958, Madonna was raised in a strict Roman Catholic household. She attended the University of Michigan as a dance student for a brief period before dropping out to move to New York City in 1977. There, she quickly became a habitué of various downtown gay discos; spurred on by her dance teacher and her deejay pals, she embarked on a singing career. Before releasing her debut album, however, she made a debut of another kind in an all-but-forgotten, micro-budgeted date-rape melodrama entitled A Certain Sacrifice (1979). In an omen of things to come, Madonna later tried to halt the theatrical release of the film after her musical career took off.The artist's proper screen debut came courtesy of Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan. The 1985 release featured Madonna in a supporting role as a funky girl/object of desire around which the film's screwball plot revolved. Her rising star helped to make Susan a minor hit; aided by Seidelman, she was able to capitalize on her effervescent comic charm and her kooky, uber-Soho, Material Girl persona.Unfortunately, Madonna's relationship with volatile young actor Sean Penn led her to accept a role opposite him, both in real life as well as onscreen in Shanghai Surprise (1986). The retro-styled, George Harrison-produced debacle endured a brief and mercilessly lambasted life at the box office; Madonna's marriage to Penn didn't last much longer. Next up for the indefatigable entertainer was Who's That Girl? (1987), a stillborn, flimsy imitation of the Melanie Griffith/Jeff Daniels vehicle Something Wild, released just one year prior. Notable only for its hit title track, the ostensible homage to Howard Hawks starred a pained Griffin Dunne opposite a bubbly, impetuous Madonna, apparently performing in the style of her semi-controversial "Open Your Heart" video. Needless to say, their chemistry did little to ignite box-office fireworks.Madonna's next vehicle was undoubtedly her most high profile to date; cast opposite Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy (1990), she received lavish amounts of pre-film hype, particularly as she was involved at the time with long-in-the-tooth, alpha-stud Beatty. However, the much-anticipated feature failed to make good on the promise that surrounded its production, and Madonna herself came away with only a few choice Steven Sondheim production numbers to her credit. However, the "inspired by the motion picture" soundtrack album did help spark one of the singer's most enduring cause celebres -- "voguing."It took director Alex Keshishian to (literally) strip some of the veneer from the Madonna mystique with his tell-all documentary Truth or Dare the following year. The feature's risqué subject matter -- including the songstress' unabashed fellating of an Evian bottle -- created a ratings stink with the MPAA and revealed some previously unexposed dimensions of Madonna's relationship with Beatty, such as his incessant ridicule of her.Madonna next courted the best reviews of her film career to date playing a feisty baseball player in the 1992 A League of Their Own, in which she starred amongst a talented ensemble cast that included Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and offscreen gal-pal Rosie O'Donnell. Those favorable reviews were soon overshadowed, however, by the maelstrom of negative publicity just a few months later, when she formed a troika of artistic shame with her starring role in t

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Madonna: The MDNA Tour
  • Actor
2013
13% W.E.
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.6M 2012
No Score Yet Madonna: Goddess of Pop
  • Actor
2011
25% Filth and Wisdom
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2008
No Score Yet I Am Because We Are
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2008
68% The Universe of Keith Haring
  • Actor
2008
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Princess Selenia
$15.1M 2007
No Score Yet Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Madonna: Performance Review
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Madonna: Virgin: Interviews
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Madonna: The Confessions Tour
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet I'm Going to Tell You a Secret
  • Actor
2005
13% Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
  • Executive Producer
$23.3M 2004
No Score Yet Madonna: Sex Bomb - Unauthorized
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Madonna: Music Video Box Documentary
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Work of Director Chris Cunningham
  • Actor
2003
39% Agent Cody Banks
  • Executive Producer
$47.3M 2003
23% Who's That Girl?
  • Nikki Finn
2003
No Score Yet Party On Karaoke! - Ladies of Pop
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet SNL: 25 Years of Music (Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music)
  • Actor
2003
58% Die Another Day
  • Verity
$160.3M 2002
5% Swept Away
  • Amber Leighton
$0.6M 2002
No Score Yet Madonna: The Drowned World Tour 2001
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Star
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Star (The Hire)
  • Actor
2001
20% The Next Best Thing
  • Abbie Reynolds
2000
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Elspeth
1996
62% Evita
  • Eva Peron
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Boss 3
1996
43% Blue in the Face
  • Singing Telegram Girl
1995
79% Unzipped
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Madonna: The Girlie Show Live Down Under 1994
  • Actor
1993
29% Dangerous Game
  • Sarah Jennings
1993
78% A League of Their Own
  • Mae Mordabito
1992
6% Body of Evidence
  • Rebecca Carlson
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Marie
1992
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Herself
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1991
64% Dick Tracy
  • Breathless Mahoney
1990
No Score Yet Madonna: The Real Story
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Madonna: Blonde Ambition
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Hortense Hathaway
1989
No Score Yet Stars of the Century
  • Actor
1988
13% Shanghai Surprise
  • Gloria Tatlock
1986
58% Vision Quest
  • Singer at Club
1985
87% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Susan
$27.4M 1985
No Score Yet A Certain Sacrifice
  • Bruna
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Children's Hospital
2010-2016
  • Herself
  • 2012
No Score Yet Rock Center With Brian Williams
2011-2013
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Performer
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
  • 2010
No Score Yet Dateline NBC
1992
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Liz
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Musical Guest
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1993
  • 1985

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