With more than 200 million record sales and an estimated worth of $400 million - making her the Guinness World Records' most successful female recording artist of all time - Madonna has plenty to celebrate as she turns 50. As the ultimate pop icon marks her half century on August 16, we take a look at her incredible 25-year career, starting with one of her earliest stage performances in 1983, the year she shot to fame, aged 25, with her eponymously titled debut album
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Madonna 50th gallery

12 AUGUST 2008