VIRGIN TO MOTHER
front page news for nearly two decades, both as a successful
actress and pop star. She has been the first female pop star to have
complete control over her music and image.
Michigan to New York in 1977, with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer
1979 she became part of the New York music scene,
with many bands
establishing herself as the lead singer.
Two club and dance hits in 1982 and 1983 were followed by a third, the
cheerful and friendly Holiday. Madonna's debut album Madonna
followed. Borderline became her first Top Ten hit in March
of 1984, beginning a remarkable string of 17 Top Ten hits.
Mixing New Wave with her own brand of Catholic imagery to create a
unique look, Madonna released her second album, Like A Virgin
at the end of 1984.
During 1985 Madonna became an international celebrity, selling
millions of records on the strength of her stylish, sexy videos
and forceful personality. After Material Girl became a
number two hit, Madonna began her first tour.
Madonna's movie career
took off with
a starring role in Desperately Seeking Susan, which was
released in July 1985 and became a box office hit.
With celebrity came the inevitable interest in her past. An
attempt was made to release the video of A Certain Sacrifice,
low-budget erotic drama she filmed
in 1979. This wasn't the only
secret revealed during the summer of 1985 - both Playboy
and Penthouse published nude photographs of Madonna that
she posed for in 1977. Nevertheless, her popularity continued,
with thousands of teenage girls adopting her sexy appearance,
becoming known as ‘Madonna
In August 1985, she married actor Sean Penn.
While Madonna’s musical career was
her film career took a bad turn with the release of Shanghai
Surprise. Madonna co-starred with her husband Sean Penn, but
the comedy received terrible reviews and was a box office
disaster. Imitating the failure of their screen partnership,
Madonna and Sean Penn's marriage ended in divorce in 1989.
In 1990 Madonna changed more than her hair colour for her massive Blonde
Ambition tour, which ran for the entire year: She reinvented
herself as a screen idol from the forties. This led to her
co-starring role in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy.
Two years later Madonna found a new way to shock her audience and
keep her in the
headlines. In 1992
she released Sex, an expensive, soft-core pornographic book
that featured hundreds of erotic photographs of herself and
several models. Sex received severe critics and enormous
negative publicity, but that didn't stop the accompanying album, Erotica,
from selling over two million copies.
During 1995, Madonna began one of her most
image changes as she tried to win the title role of the film
adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Madonna
presented herself as a sophisticated artiste. The album Something
to Remember was part of her plans. It was
made up of ballads,
designed to appeal to the mature audience that would also be the
target of the film.
It worked, and Madonna won the prized role of Evita Peron. As the film completed, Madonna announced she was
and her daughter, Lourdes, was born late in 1996, just as Evita
was scheduled for release. The movie was greeted with generally
positive reviews and Madonna won the Golden Globe for Best
Actress, but not the Academy Award nomination she wanted so much.
With the birth of Lourdes, Madonna
the new image of a mother. Determined to give her daughter a life
far removed from the excesses of the music and film worlds, she
has fiercely protected Lourdes' privacy. In an extraordinary
display of conventional behaviour, Madonna registered her daughter
for the most old-fashioned school in England, Cheltenham Ladies
College. She finally chose a private school in London, where
Princess Caroline of Monaco was educated.
Time went by and today Madonna has turned into her new Mommie Dearest
role with her daughter Lourdes, her son Rocco and her husband Guy
Ritchie. It seems that the queen
of scandal and sensation
fit for a king.
RAY OF LIGHT
of Light is the first
album in Madonna's catalog, the first time that she genuinely
seems worried about
keeping up with
In some ways, she had good reasons to worry. At the time she
Ray of Light, she hadn't released an album of new material
in four years; during that time, she renovated her image, scoring
her first successful movie role in Evita and becoming a mother.
All this indicated that she was out of touch with contemporary
dance culture, but Madonna decided to hit back
techno producer William Orbit for this CD.
Sonically, it's the most adventurous
record she has made, but it's far from inaccessible, since many of
the songs have strong melodic hooks, whether it's the meditative
opener "Substitute for Love" or the ballad "Frozen".
Madonna had singing lessons for Evita so here she is technically
on record. Combined with the stylish, detached electronic music
the singing helps make Ray of Light the most mature album
in Madonna's catalog. And while that's an easy achievement to
admire, it's not necessarily an easy one to love".
MADONNA "TEACHES" FILM CLASS
The queen of reinvention has
the seemingly impossible yet again.
Film students at New York Hunter University got a big
surprise recently when their professor for the day
turned out to be
former Material Girl herself!
Madonna talked with and answered questions for some 125
students who had just watched a
of Madonna’s new
movie I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.The
pop superstar said
she had "no regrets" over her
controversial career, but she talked about how her life had
changed dramatically since she embraced the Jewish mysticism
of Kabbalah after having children.
celebrity you can
get caught up and seduced into
believing and thinking that what you do is the most
important thing in the world and
get very attached to
I'm guilty of that… but hopefully I’m
becoming less attached. Kabbalah may not be the best thing
for everybody. It has
worked for me.”
New English Digest (Michael
Parks); Stephen Thomas
New York Hunter University Website
front page news: news in
papers and magazines front pages (noticia en primera
off: started (arrancó)
low-budget: not expensive (de bajo presupuesto)
embarrasing: causing shame or embarrassment
wannabes: aspiring young persons (aspirantes,
thriving: growing stronger (consolidándose)
headlines: heading of papers and magazines (titulares)
subtle: difficult to analyse (sutil)
of: composed of (compuesto por, integrado por)
target: objective, goal (objetivo)
it worked: it was successful (funcionó, dio
pregnant: expecting a baby (embarazada)
took on: adopted (adoptó)
grooming: preparing for the future (gestando)
fit: adequate (adecuada)
aware of your appearance of behaviour (recatado)
keeping up: harmonising (armonizar)
released: published, launched (lanzó)
enlisting: appointing, naming (nombrando)
sonically: with reference to sound (con respecto al
precise: accurate, sharp (exacto, preciso)
achieved: reached, fulfilled (alcanzado)
turned out to be: became (resultó ser)
former: previously (antigua)
preview: a screening for a select audience in advance of
release for the general public (pre-estreno)
she had "no regrets" over: she "didn't feel censurable" for (no
sentía culpa por)
celebrity: a widely known person (celebridad, persona
get caught up: become trapped (quedar atrapado/a)
you get very attached: you become very fond of, appreciate (le
I'm guilty of: I'm the one to be blamed for (me siento
worked for me: been successful in my personal case (funcionado
en mi caso)
MAS "EL CINE Y SUS ESTRELLAS"