Today in Madonna History: December 1, 1963

On December 1 1963, Madonna’s Mother, Madonna Fortin Ciccone died of breast cancer at the age of 30 in Pontiac, Michigan. Madonna was born in Bay City Michigan on July 11 1933 to Willard William Fortin and Elise Mae Fortin.

Madonna Fortin married Silvio Ciccone on July 2 1955 in Bay City, Michigan. Together, Madonna and Silvio had six children: Anthony, Martin, Madonna, Paula, Christopher and Melanie.

These are the lyrics for Promise To Try, written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard for the Like A Prayer album:

Little girl don’t you forget her face
Laughing away your tears
When she was the one who felt all the pain
Little girl never forget her eyes
Keep them alive inside
I promise to try, it’s not the same
Keep your head held high, ride like the wind
Never look behind, life isn’t fair
That’s what you said, so I try not to care
Little girl don’t run away so fast
I think you forgot to kiss, kiss her goodbye
Will she see me cry when I stumble and fall
Does she hear my voice in the night when I call
Wipe away all your tears, it’s gonna be all right
I fought to be so strong, I guess you knew
I was afraid you’d go away, too
Little girl you’ve got to forget the past
And learn to forgive me
I promise to try, but it feels like a lie
Don’t let memory play games with your mind
She’s a faded smile frozen in time
I’m still hanging on, but I’m doing it wrong
Can’t kiss her goodbye, but I promise to try

Today in Madonna History: August 11, 2000

On August 11 2000, Madonna gave birth to a 5-lb, 9-oz boy, Rocco Ritchie, at 11:59 am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles, CA.

Today in Madonna History: May 10, 2015

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On May 10 2015, Madonna tweeted a lovely tweet to all the Mothers of the world:

“Respect!!!! To the Mothers of the world!!! Happy Mothers Day! 😇👿🙏🏻💘💘!”

Today in Madonna History: December 27, 2014

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On December 28 2014, Madonna and her children went to Gstaad, Switzerland for a skiing holiday in the mountains.

Today in Madonna History: December 1, 1986

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On December 1 1986, Madonna appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine, with photos by Bruce Weber. Madonna is photographed alone, as well as with her many brothers and sisters.

The headline: That Fabulous Couple: Madonna and the Camera.

Quote from Life Magazine:

“Her greatest role, is the one she was born to play: Madonna.”

Today in Madonna History: June 19, 2013

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On June 19 2013, Madonna talked to Access Hollywood about working with Lourdes and Rocco during the MDNA World Tour: 

“It was amazing to work with both of them,” she said of Lourdes, who helped out in the tour’s wardrobe department, and Rocco, who danced with his mother on stage.

“I think working and earning a living is always a good experience for a child,” she continued.

“They got to travel the world and had to deal with all the ups and downs of doing shows outdoors. Rain, extreme heat, torrential downpours, hail, freezing cold,” she explained. “So pushing through any kind of limitations and having the attitude of the show must go on, no matter what was good training.”

Today in Madonna History: June 12, 2008

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On June 12 2008, Simon & Schuster announced that Madonna’s younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, would be writing a memoir about his famous sister.

“Ciccone’s extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister-the most famous woman in the world,” the company said in a press release.

The publishing house ordered a first printing of 350,000 copies of Life With My Sister, to be released on July 15, 2008.

When asked, Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said there would be no comment “at this time.”

Have you read Christopher’s book on Madonna? What did you think?

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