Happy birthday, University of Michigan alum Madonna Louise Ciccone!

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Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on this day in Bay City, Mich. in 1958. She is best known as a singing recording artist under just the name of Madonna. Her relationship to her home state can best be characterized as ambivalent, but we still love her.
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Madonna attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance.
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After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records (an auxiliary label of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982.
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She released her self-titled debut album the following year.

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