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Happy birthday, Madonna

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Even if you're not a fan of Madonna's music, chances are you know the words to more than one of her massive hits.

She's one of the most famous people on the planet... and she has been for nearly four decades. Madonna Louise Ciccone turns 59 on August 16, 2017. Her story, as she tells it, is that she moved to New York City with $35 in her pocket back in 1978. Well, today, Forbes lists her as the richest female musician in America.

Ticket sales for her tours alone have topped $1 BILLION. But Madonna's success hardly lies with just her net worth. She's been heralded as the "Queen of Pop" ever since she donned a lace wedding dress with a "BOY TOY"-emblazoned belt and writhed into the hearts of virgins everywhere.

Madonna is a multiple Grammy Award winner. In 1999 her critically acclaimed album "Ray of Light" won for Best Pop Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. The title track "Ray of Light" was nominated for Record of the Year as well.

Beyond music, Madonna has appeared in more than 20 films. In 1997 she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for "Evita."

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Happy Birthday, Madonna!

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