I wanted to be a nun or a movie star

Madonna was a 20-year-old drummer and virtually unknown in the world of showbiz when she hand-wrote this typically unabashed cover letter to Stephen Lewicki, a first-time filmmaker on the lookout for a woman to play the lead in his erotic thriller, A Certain Sacrifice. It’s a great read and essentially a brief but entertaining look back

EGO-EGO-EGO!!!!

1997: Madonna writes to record producer and longtime collaborator Pat Leonard, and regretfully informs him of her desire to enlist the services of William Orbit to produce the remainder of her latest album, Ray of Light. Her decision to change direction would ultimately prove fruitful, with many critics heralding the finished record as one of

Love, the anti-christ

[Warning: Possibly Offensive Language Ahead] On March 31st of 1994, a highly-charged Madonna appeared as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. Over the course of the now-infamous interview she said the word “fuck” a record thirteen times; called Letterman himself a “sick fuck”; asked the host to smell some underwear she was holding;

I do not feel that Madonna is ready yet

1981: Not believing her to be “ready yet”, then-President of Millenium Records Jimmy Ienner politely turns down an aspiring singer by the name of Madonna after listening to four or her songs; his least favourite of which – Love On The Run – can be heard above. Her debut album was released by Sire Records just two years

Madonna: “I hate actresses”

Judging by the following letter, Madonna wasn’t exactly thrilled when filming A League of Their Own back in 1991. Writing to friend and photographer Steven Meisel – the man with whom Madonna later worked on Sex, the highly controversial book also mentioned in closing – the frustrated entertainer bemoans the lack of “beautiful men” in

Maddonna is utterly ARTLESS

In September of 1995, following years of supposed feuding, Madonna‘s televised chat with Kurt Loder at the VMAs was interrupted by a barely coherent Courtney Love as she launched the contents of her handbag onto the stage. Loder — quickly sensing the potential for carnage — gallantly invited Love up to join them, and the interview quickly