Her mother was at a loss to explain her medical condition, and often began to cry when Madonna questioned her about it.Madonna later acknowledged that she had not grasped the concept of her mother dying.Madonna said of her move to New York, "It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxi cab. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done." She started to work as a backup dancer for other established artists.Madonna claimed that during a late night she was returning from a rehearsal, when a pair of men held her at knifepoint and forced her to perform fellatio.Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children's books, health clubs, and filmmaking.She also contributed in various charities and founded the Raising Malawi organization in 2006.Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Take a Bow", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".
Besides sparking controversy, her works have been praised by music critics.
Madonna turned to her paternal grandmother for solace. Andrew's Catholic Elementary Schools, and West Middle School.
The Ciccone siblings resented housekeepers and invariably rebelled against anyone brought into their home ostensibly to take the place of their beloved mother. I didn't shave my underarms and I didn't wear make-up like normal girls do. I wanted to be somebody." Terrified that her father Tony could be taken from her as well, Madonna was often unable to sleep unless she was near him. Madonna was known for her high grade point average, and achieved notoriety for her unconventional behavior.
After performing as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year.
She followed it with a series of successful albums, including the global bestsellers, Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986), as well as the Grammy Award winners, Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005).