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Madonna Interview : Star Hits Confidential

Madonna - Star Hits Confidential / 1986

Name: Madonna Ciccone. It’s my real name. It’s very Italian. But everyone was telling me when I was in Italy that it’s sacreligious. People go “Madonna Mia,” and when they screamed my name it sounded like they were cursing about something. It’s very confusing.

Born: In Detroit. What year was I born? Why do I have to tell everybody that all the time? Just read it in another magazine. (Madonna was born August 16, 1958 – Field and Stream Magazine Ed.)

Nicknames: My father called me Nonny, I think that’s how I said my name when I was little.

Jobs: Before this blasphemous job? I worked at Burger King and McDonalds and I was a lifeguard at a swimming pool, and I scooped ice cream, and I was a painters’ model. I took off all my clothes, and they pretended to draw my body artistically. Those are all the legal jobs I had.

School: I went to three different Catholic schools, uniforms and nuns hitting you over the head with staplers and like that. To my superiors I seemed like a vey very good girl. I used to be the hall monitor and report people who weren’t behaving and I used that situation to torture people – just make up things that they didn’t really do. My mother died when I was really young so the nuns always forgave me and I knew it so I milked it for everything I could.

First Record Bought: The very first ones I used to listen to were twist records. My father and mother had a lot of twist records. I did the limbo to Chubby Chucker records – you know, you go under a broom. And I listened to Johnny Mathis and Harry Belafonte and Sam Cooke. I got more into pop music when I was older – not The Beatles really. I moved into things like “The Letter” by The Box Tops and “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies. I love that record! And “Incense and Peppermints” and “Quinn The Eskimo.” And then there was the Motown thing.

Madonna - Star Hits Confidential / 1986

What’s Wrong With Disco Music? There’s no image to connect the music with so it fades back into nothing after it’s been on the radio for weeks.

First Car: When I was 16 I got a red ’66 Mustang. I crashed it though. When I moved to New York I never drove. But you have to in Los Angeles.

Pet Peeve: I hate polite conversation… when people stand around and go “Hi how are you?” I hate word that don’t have any reason or meaning.

Favorite Foreign Film: That changes. I saw Entre Nous, and that’s a brilliant movie. I love all of Fassbinder’s movies, especially The Marriage of Maria Braun.

Dream Co-Star: It’s a toss-up between Vince Spano – he’s such a dreambot – or Sam Shepard. Think that’s a good choice?

What Do You Worry About? I worry about worrying too much basically. I worry too much about caring for what other people think and hurting other people. I do that a lot, and I don’t do it intentionally. Also I worry about not living up to my expectations. It’s helped make me a very determined individual, but on the other hand it’s made me too much of a maniac about things and too hard on myself too.

What Do You Think Of Ronald Regan? I don’t think about him very much, but I think he’s a pretty good actor.I think he’s just a puppet for all the people in his Cabinet. I think that everybody else makes the decisions and he’s the guy that gets up there and hopefully doesn’t get shot.

Is Working in Film Demanding? Hell, yeah! It’s a real drag getting up at 8 a.m. and not having to work until after lunch and then you work for two hours and then you don’t work again until after five. There’s so much sitting around it drives you crazy!

What Really Makes You Crazy? When people smoke. Especially in elevators and really closed-in spaces. When I’m recording and people light up I say “Put that cigarette out RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” It’s so rude!

What Makes You Laugh? People’s idiosyncracies and expressions, but not jokes so much.

What Do You Like To Drink? Campari and grapefruit juice.

My Most Treasured Possession: A picture of my mother when she was young. In the picture she’s riding on a horse and smiling and laughing. She didn’t give it to me. When I moved to New York I stole it from my father.

Do You Read Your Horoscope? Yeah, well, no. If I happen to read the New York Post that day, but I don’t seek it out of anything. I do believe in it, but I don’t really follow it. I think it’s a bona fide science. I know there’s a lot of people bullshitting about it, but I think there really is something to say for it.

Do You Believe in Reincarnation? I believe that some people have really old souls. In my next life, I don’t know, I’d like to be something immoral, but you never know. Maybe I’ll be back to something crawling on the ground like lizard.

© Star Hits


4 responses to “Madonna Interview : Star Hits Confidential”

  1. paninarot says:

    Thanks for bringing this interview. Some juicy notes in here… Lifeguard at a swimming pool? And she had already seen Fassbinder – smart girl!

  2. day4night says:

    adore her 80s rudeness