FACTBOX: Key facts about pop singer Madonna
(Reuters) - Speculation that pop singer Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie plan to divorce grew on Wednesday after a report in a British newspaper said the couple would announce the split "imminently."
Here are some facts about Madonna, one of the most successful pop stars of all time:
-- Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958, the third of eight children in a devout Italian Catholic family.
* MUSIC/FILM CAREER:
-- Her breakthrough came in 1984 when she signed a record deal and made her first two big hits "Like a Virgin" and "Holiday." She was on her way.
-- In 1985 she married Hollywood wild boy Sean Penn and landed one of her most memorable screen roles in "Desperately Seeking Susan."
-- Madonna convinced director Alan Parker to give her the biographical role of Eva Peron in the musical film "Evita" that won her a Golden Globe Award. She has so far appeared in about 20 films.
-- The Recording Industry Association of America has described her as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States with 63 million certified album sales. Continued...