In 1978, Madonna Louise Ciccone dropped out of college and moved to NYC. She worked at Dunkin’ Donuts while taking classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and she was soon hired as a company member with Pear Lang Dance Theater.
“It was the first time I’d ever taken a plane, the first time I’d ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I’d ever done.”
Madonna was returning from a rehearsal, when two men held her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her. Madonna:
“The episode was a taste of my weakness, it showed me that I still could not save myself in spite of all the strong-girl show. I could never forget it.”
Madonna became the world’s bestselling female artist and one of the most famous people on the planet. It is my understanding that The Gays love her. I know I do.
Madonna celebrates her 108th birthday today!