Madonna's mother, an x-ray technician and former dancer, was of French Canadian descent.
After their marriage in 1955, the couple moved to Pontiac, Michigan, to be close to Tony's job as a defense engineer.
Gilroy introduced Madonna to the head of a vaudeville review in Paris, and she spent some time in France working as a showgirl.During this trip she fell in love with the combination of singing and performing.Friend Stephen Bray, a musician in her band, wrote her first hit, "Everybody," and Madonna used her brash business style to get the recordings to New York music producer Mark Kamins. Using the success of the song as leverage, Madonna convinced Sire to produce the full-length album in 1983.Kamins then helped Madonna score a record deal with Sire Records. The album was a slow but steady success, and included the hit singles "Borderline," "Lucky Star" and "Holiday." Soon, girls all over the country were imitating Madonna's distinct sense of fashion, which included fishnet stockings, lace lingerie, fingerless gloves and large crucifix necklaces."Holiday" also earned the singer an appearance on Dick Clark's , which hit No.
1 on the Billboard Chart and went platinum within a month.When she returned to the States in 1980, she joined Gilroy's band as its drummer and later became lead singer.Madonna formed several different bands of her own over the next few years, including Madonna & The Sky, The Millionaires and Emmy.In January 2008, she was named the world's wealthiest female musician by Singer, performer and actress Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958, to parents Silvio "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Fortin.Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, was the first of his family to go to college, where he earned a degree in engineering.Madonna not only co-starred in the Penny Marshall baseball drama A League of Their Own, but she also helped out with the soundtrack, landing her tenth No.