With a knack for pushing buttons – and keeping the ever-hungry media fed in the process – it can feel like there’s little we don’t know about Madonna. Since her international breakthrough in early 1984, the “Queen Of Pop” has reinvented herself dozens of times, enjoyed commercial and critical success of an almost unimaginable scale, and, along the way, brought up a family and raised awareness – and considerable sums of money – for causes she cares about. Think you know all there is to know about her? Here are ten Madonna facts that might surprise you.
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1: She was almost a “Kid From ‘Fame’”
In the early 80s, Fame was one of the biggest shows on television. The production, which aired between 1982 and 1987, was a spin-off from the Alan Parker-directed 1980 movie musical of the same name (Parker would later direct Madonna in 1996’s Evita), and it created unlikely pop stars out of the young cast who enjoyed huge international hits such as Starmaker and Hi-Fidelity. In 1982, Madonna auditioned for the role of Danny Amatullo’s love interest. His character, Carlo Imperato, was set to be attracted to a sweet “girl next door” – a role the ever-controversial Madonna wouldn’t necessarily have suited. In the event, she was already on the road, performing club dates in support of her debut single, Everybody, at the time of the camera test.