Who's that girl? 50 Things you don't know about Madonna: as presented by HELLO! Canada Magazine

    Madonna is turning 50 on Saturday-but you knew that already. But did you
    also know her IQ is 140? And that Jaqueline Onassis disapproved when
    she dated son John F. Kennedy Jr.? That she turned down the role of
    Catwoman in Batman Returns?

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - On the eve of the pop star Madonna's milestone
birthday (she was born Aug. 16, 1958), HELLO! Canada presents 50 fascinating
facts about the woman who dared the world to strike a pose. Featuring luscious
photos that span the decades, Hello! Canada divulges little-known truths about
the multi-talented material girl in the issue currently on newsstands.

    From Hello! Canada's exclusive birthday tribute, here's a sampling:

    1.  The Material Girl beat out Meryl Streep for roles in Dick Tracy and
        Evita, the latter earning Madonna a Golden Globe Award. Madonna
        turned down the Michelle Pfeiffer role in The Fabulous Baker Boys,
        the starring role in Showgirls and the part of Catwoman in 1992's

    2.  Madonna's defining 1984 album, Like a Virgin, which sold 12 million
        copies, is listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the
        Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.

    3.  In 2006, scientists named a new species of water bear after Madonna,
        calling it Echiniscus madonnae. Though bizarre, it's quite
        appropriate: just like the pop icon, these microscopic creatures are
        noted for their amazing endurance and survival skills.

    4.  In addition to posing nude in her 1991 book, Sex, Madonna has
        appeared in the buff in the 1985 film A Certain Sacrifice, as well as
        in Playboy and Penthouse magazines, which published nude photos taken
        of the future star in the 1970s when she was a struggling dancer in
        New York.

    5.  Madonna had just $35 in her pocket when she moved to New York City in
        1977 to work as a dancer with choreographer Alvin Ailey. She also
        worked at Dunkin' Donuts.

    6.  Singing is in Madonna's DNA. Gwen Stefani is a far-removed cousin,
        Celine Dion is a French-Canadian descendant and Mark Wahlberg is also
        in her family tree. Recently, Madonna's family history was traced
        back to Hillary Rodham Clinton's ancestry.

    7.  A week before her 50th birthday, Madonna sprained her ankle.

    8.  Even though she derided Toronto as "a fascist state" when forced to
        delete an explicit dance routine from her Blond Ambition stage show,
        years later Madonna told eTalk Daily's Ben Mulroney that the city is
        one of her favourite places in the world to perform.

    9.  Madonna's more high-profile boyfriends have included musicians John
        "Jellybean" Benitez, Lenny Kravitz, Vanilla Ice, artist Jean-Michel
        Basquiat, actor Warren Beatty, NBA star Dennis Rodman and magician
        David Blaine. She also dated John F. Kennedy Jr., but his mother,
        Jackie Onassis, opposed the union because of Madonna's public image.

    10. Madonna may have considered herself an outcast growing up, but she
        was actually on her high-school cheerleading squad.

    About HELLO! Canada

    With 60-plus years of success, 10 editions around the world and a reach
of more than eight million readers in over 100 countries, HELLO! magazine has
been launched in Canada by the country's leading consumer publisher: Rogers
Publishing Limited. The Canadian HELLO! presents respectful, up-close and
intimate information on international and national celebrities known and loved
by Canadians. With unparalleled access to celebrities' homes and lives, HELLO!
publishes spectacular photographs, as well as exciting lifestyle sections
featuring fashion, decor, food and travel. The U.K. edition of HELLO! was
launched in 1988, creating the celebrity magazine marketplace in that country,
and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish magazine HOLA!, which first
debuted in 1944.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Leger, louiseleger@rogers.com, (416)

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