Madonna through the years

Published On: Jun 02 2011 10:11:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 18 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

With Madonna turning 56 over the weekend, join us for a look at the singer's life and career, on stage and off, over the years.

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April 2010: Madonna also has two adopted children, son David Banda and daughter Mercy James, both from Malawi, where she partially funded an orphanage. In this photo, Madonna arrives with Mercy James and Lourdes to visit a childcare center in Lilongwe, Malawi, on April 8, 2010.

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