Madonna At 60: The Life of The Female Pop Legend In 15 Iconic Photos

Posted on August 16 2018 , at 12:02 pm
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Photo composite of Madonna throughout her career

As American Pop icon Madonna turns 6o years old today, we take a look at the star’s career and life in pictures, from her early beginnings studying dance in New York, to her chart success, film career and family life.

The legendary singer over her career has sold more than 300 million records, making her the best-selling female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness World Records.

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1. Madonna, seen below in a photo from her high school yearbook. She grew up in Rochester, Michigan

2. This is from 1977 after she moved to New York where she studied dance and worked as a model.
Madonna reflected in a dressing room mirror in New York in 1979
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A contact sheet of Madonna modelling in New York in 1982
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Madonna modelling shoots 1982 on the left and 1978 on the right
3. Begining her music career, Madonna recorded demos with her boyfriend Stephen Bray. An early rejection letter from 1981 was auctioned in New York City in 2001, in which a music professional states: “I do not feel she is ready yet, but I do hear the basis of a strong artist.”
Madonna's 1981 rejection letter is up for sale at a Sotheby''s auction of Madonna memorabilia July 18, 2001 in New York City


Madonna posing for a photo in New York in 1984


4. Madonna performing at her Virgin Tour which she was supported by the Beastie Boys.
Madonna sings during the U.S. Live Aid concert held to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia
5. Madonna wearing the “conical bra” with which she will long be associated with.Presentational white space
Madonna performs in concert in 1990
6. In 1996, Madonna’s film career was given a boost with her casting in the starring role of Evita, playing Evita Duarte, the wife of Argentine president Juan Peron. She is seen below being directed by Alan Parker in the film.
Madonna and Director Alan Parker on the set of Evita


7. Film director Guy Ritchie, (of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame) became part Madonna’s life in 1998 after they were introduced at a party by Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler. (Styler was an executive producer on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.) The pair eventually got married.
Guy Richie and Madonna at 'The Next Best Thing' premiere in New York City in 2000
8. Madonna and Ritchie during the baptism of their son, Rocco at Dornoch Cathedral in the Highlands on 21 December 2000.
Madonna, Guy Ritchie and baby Rocco seen leaving Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland in 2000


9. Remember that time in 2003 when Madonna locked lips with Britney Spears (pictured) and Christina Aguilera while performing with the two younger singers at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Britney Spears and Madonna kiss during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in 2003 in New York City
10. Also in 2003, Madonna published her children’s book Mr Peabody’s Apples, as is pictured below at a reading in New Jersey.
Madonna reads her new book 'Mr. Peabody's Apples' to students at Montclair Kimberly Academy on November 11, 2003 in Montclair, New Jersey
11. In 2004, Madonna hit the road again with her Re-invention World Tour, taking more than £62.5m in ticket sales, with yoga-inspired dance routines, and a bagpipe version of Papa Don’t Preach.
Madonna performs onstage during her 'Re-Invention' World Tour 2004 in California
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Madonna performs onstage during her 'Re-Invention' World Tour 2004 in California
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Madonna performs onstage during her 'Re-Invention' World Tour 2004 in California
12. Madonna and Ritchie pictured with their son Rocco and her daughter Lourdes in 2007 at the Arthur And The Invisibles premiere in London.
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie and children Rocco and Lourdes at the Arthur And The Invisibles premier in London in 2007
13. At Age 50, Madonna embarked on her Sticky And Sweet world tour, as seen below.
Madonna performs during a concert in Duessldorf as part of her 'Sticky & Sweet' world tour in 2008
14. In 2012, Madonna headlined the Super Bowl where her performance set a new record for the highest viewing audience.
Madonna performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana
15. Her Super Bowl performance also featured artists Nicki Minaj, Redfoo and SkyBlu, at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Madonna and Nicki Minaj perform during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI game halftime show on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
After seven huge world tours, the artist is looking to develop her performance style to suit smaller audiences. She said in an interview on BBC News in 2017: “I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience.



“This is something I’m exploring right now: the idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world, but stays in one place.”

Madonna performs onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

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