Born into an average middle-class home near Detroit, Michigan, Madonna soon proved herself anything but typical. Her talent as a dancer earned her a scholarship to the University of Michigan. She soon left college, however, to seek stardom in New York City. After arriving in the city with just a few dollars in her pocket, Madonna became a singer in a rock band. When a DJ heard her demo tape, he sent it to a record company executive, who quickly signed her to a contract. Her first single, "Everybody," shot to the top of the dance charts. More than 25 years later, Madonna has sold more than 200 million albums, starred in a number of hit movies, and is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. Read more about this entertainment icon's life, her successes, and setbacks in Madonna: Entertainer.
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About the Author(s)
Hal Marcovitz is a former newspaper reporter who lives with his family in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. He has written more than 150 books for young readers, including biographies of civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Eleanor Holmes Norton, farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez, and film director Ron Howard. His Chelsea House biography of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was named to Booklist magazine's list of recommended feminist books for young readers.