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  • Faith: Unknown
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  August 16, 1958
  • Accomplishments:  Grammy Winner, Actress
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Madonna is the top-selling female vocalist of all-time

The most successful female recording artist of all time (according to Guinness World Records), Madonna Louise Ciccone was born and raised a Catholic—even attending Catholic school as a child. "The Material Girl" was named after her mother, who was most likely named after the biblical Virgin Mary. As a young adult Madonna moved to New York City to pursue a dance/music career but instead fell into singing. Her lacey—sometimes racy—outfits and sexy dance moves while performing were in stark contrast to the crosses she'd wear as jewelry and her virginal, pure name. And, of course, Madonna continually addressed religious themes in her music, often mixing them with sexuality. After about 15 years of angering the Catholic Church, in the late '90s Madonna began studying

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