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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March 2009: Back in Malawi, Madonna holds her adopted Malawian son David Banda at a school she financed in Malawi's capital of Lilongwe, on March 30, 2009. Later that year, Madonna won a legal action and was able to adopt a second child, her daughter Mercy.

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