In 1985, Madonna stepped onto
the silver screen in a film called, 'Vision Quest' in which she
made a brief appearance playing a club singer. 'Vision Quest' included
her second number one Billboard hit, 'Crazy For You'. Next came
'Desperately Seeking Susan', which raked in $27 Million in the
US. As to be expected all Madonna's movies are memorable for the
soundtracks, especially 'Desperately Seeking Susan' where she bellowed
out her 'Into The Grove'. 'Angel' which was the flipside (or B
side is it is known in the UK) of 'Like A Virgin' would reach number
5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was recently listed as number 40
on VH-1's Greatest Dance Song List.
When Madonna launched her first full-scale live performance
tour titled, 'The Virgin Tour' she
was blamed for an epidemic of young teenage girls around the
country dressing up in spandex, miniskirts, torn t-shirts and
lacy bras, adorning their arms with black rubber bangles,
teased, bow-tied hair and right down to the 'stressed mole above
her lip, as they tried desperately to emulate 'The Queen of Pop'.
As mentioned earlier, in 1985 some of those skeletons Madonna
had held in the closet now sprang out. Nude black and white photos,
published in both Penthouse and Playboy (which she posed for
art photographers back in New York in the 70's to make money
on which to survive) surfaced causing some slightly embarrassing
moments for her.That same month she would perform at the 'Live
Aid' charity concert.
In August of this same year, 1985, Madonna lost a court battle
against director Stephen Jon Lewicki over the video release
of 'A Certain Sacrifice' a soft-porn movie she starred in during
her early 'not so famous' years in New
York. Not all bad came from this incident for this is when she
met and fell in love with Sean Penn. On 16 August, 1985 she and
Sean were married in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, California.
'True Blue', Madonna's third album (co-produced by Patrick Leonard
and Stephen Bray) was released in 1986 and it marked the first
time in American music history that a female entered the Billboard
Top 200 chart as number 1. On the album was included the hits
'Live and Tell' (the theme from the film 'At Close Range', starring
Sean Penn who was her husband at the time), 'Papa Don't Preach'
and 'Open Your Heart', along with the Billboard Top 10 hits 'True
Blue' and 'La Isla Bonita' with 'True Blue' being more of a musical
and mature album than previous ones, prompting the magazine,
Rolling Stones to declare, 'Singing better than ever, Madonna
stakes her claim as the pop poet of lower-middle-class America'.
Rumours circled round that the pitch of Madonna's voice was altered
on her first two albums to make her sound more like a little
girl. With 'True Blue' it was said her 'true voice' had surfaced.