Happy Birthday, Madonna: We Shine A Ray Of Light On 1958 (PHOTOS)

Whether she’s performing on the stage, cavorting across our screens in a music video, collaborating with teenage daughter Lourdes or simply inspiring the latest crop of hopeful heirs to the pop throne, Madonna always knows how to get our attention. And today the Material Girl turns 53! Planet Pop was a much simpler, cone-bra-free place when Madonna Louise Ciccone vogued her way into the world on August 16, 1958. Get into the groove of our gallery to catch a glimpse at what American life was like that year.

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