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Madonna Tribute: 12 Fascinating Facts!

To celebrate the release of Madonna's 12th album, "MDNA," "Extra" brings you 12 fun facts about Madge -- from being fired from Dunkin' Donuts to selling millions of albums!

12 Fascinating Facts about Madonna

You Won't Find Her in this Color!

She hates orange.

Madonna Wine

Madonna's father, Tony Ciccone, recently decided to advance his winery business by releasing Madonna Wine, which is available in five varieties: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. Prices range from $25 to $40 per bottle.

Madonna the Cheerleader

Madonna grew up in suburban Detroit, where she was a straight-A student and cheerleader at Rochester Adams High School. She then attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, but dropped out in 1977 and moved to New York to pursue a career in show business.


Madonna has been a vegetarian since she was 15.

Literary Ambition

Madonna's first children's book, "The English Roses," was published in 2003. She has since published a total of 10 books.

Hoping for No Rain!

She suffers from brontophobia -- the fear of thunder.

Celebrity Relatives

Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion and Mark Wahlberg are distant relatives of Madonna, according to a recent ancestry study.

Big Star with No Star

She was selected in 1990 to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but turned down the offer. Walk of Fame spokeswoman Ana Martinez-Holler states that in order to receive a star, Madonna would have to be "resubmitted for a nomination," adding, "Since she is not interested, I highly doubt she will give a nominator the permission to do so."

Childhood Dreams

When she was little, Madonna dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer.

Fired from Dunkin' Donuts

She worked in New York City at Dunkin' Donuts while she was struggling to make it as a dancer in the Big Apple. She was reportedly fired after squirting jam in a customer's face.

World Record

The Guinness Book of World Records has Madonna listed as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.

Bridal Party

Gwyneth Paltrow was Maid of Honor at her Scottish wedding in 2000.