FACTBOX-Key facts about pop singer Madonna

Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:05am EDT
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(Reuters) - Speculation that U.S. 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.


-- 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...