Madonna: An Intimate Biography

Madonna: An Intimate Biography is a book by American author J. Randy Taraborrelli, chronicling the life of American singer Madonna; the book was released in April 2001 by Sidgwick & Jackson in the United Kingdom, in August 2001 by Simon & Schuster in the United States. Taraborrelli first considered writing the book in 1990, realizing the project might be premature in respect to Madonna's fledgling career, set it aside, he began writing the book in 1996. Other books about Madonna's life and career had been based on published material, but Taraborrelli's biography was the result of research spanning a decade and includes exclusive interviews with Madonna's close friends, business associates, family members, her father, Tony Ciccone; these interviews were conducted by the author himself, as well as, his team of private investigators. Taraborrelli interviewed Madonna over the course of years, drew from his first-hand experiences while writing the book. Madonna: An Intimate Biography received a mixed response from critics.

Some considered it a compelling piece on Madonna's life, while others thought Taraborrelli's writing was unprofessional. The book opens with Madonna's birth, her early years in Michigan, her 1977 move to New York City where she was involved with modern dance, two pop groups and releasing her 1983 debut album, Madonna, her rise to superstardom as a pop icon is chronicled and her cutting edge music videos, first concert tour, film roles, marriage and divorce to Sean Penn are examined. The book investigates her controversial religious imagery and her erotic productions, Erotica and Body of Evidence; the book describes a mellowing in her appearance and provocativeness, among other things, the release of her next several albums, her Golden Globe Award-winning musical film portrayal of Eva Peron, her high-grossing Drowned World Tour. The births of daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, her marriage to second husband Guy Ritchie, are chronicled. American journalist and celebrity biographer John Randall Taraborrelli first met Madonna at a press conference in 1983.

She spoke of her youthful struggles before the release of her debut album, of her belief that she would someday enjoy great success as the "century's biggest star". Taraborrelli thought her brash, petulant, self-indulgent, a mediocre beauty with a voice to match. Taraborrelli was proven wrong, and, in 1990, he considered writing her biography, but put the thought aside, thinking such a venture was premature, he pointed out that "most subjects need time for evolution and personal growths, before their stories are ripe enough to put on paper. Madonna was in an ambitious, self-involved phase during which, nothing mattered more to her than her career." He picked up the writing again in 1994, but felt the same way about her, hoped the time would come when the singer would focus on her personal life, rather than her career. A personal evolution occurred in her life with the birth of daughter Lourdes in 1996, it was that Taraborrelli sensed the time was ripe to begin writing her biography. Taraborrelli decided to focus on the singer's private life.

Many books about the superstar were based on published material, but Taraborrelli had ten years of research to draw upon including interviews with people who had not spoken about Madonna in public and his own interviews with the icon. Taraborrelli and his team of private investigators interviewed Madonna's close friends, business associates, family members including her father Silvio Ciccone. While researching the book, Taraborrelli realized that one of the greatest misconceptions about Madonna was that she was cold and unemotional in her personal relationships, his research found this to be untrue and Taraborrelli cited as an example the icon's 1990 relationship with actor Warren Beatty. Their relationship was perceived as nothing more than promotion for their film, Dick Tracy, Madonna was regarded as opportunistic. Taraborrelli unearthed that Madonna had strong feelings for Beatty; the actor however was not as invested as Madonna, the relationship ended with her heart being broken. The author believed that readers would be surprised by "the many times that Madonna has ended up feeling alone and rejected.

She has built her entire career on an image of indestructibility. But at least in her personal life, again, I make that distinction, because this isn't true in her business life, she is one of the most fragile subjects I've written about... This book is about placing her life into the proper historical context, once again answering the why questions about her." Taraborrelli has written updated versions of the book, released in 2008 and 2018, the latter to commemorate Madonna turning 60 years old. The updated versions had reconstructed thoughts expressed in some areas, based on the author's current perception, he added commentary and stories he found relevant to be added to Madonna's legacy. The book received mixed reviews. Caroline Foulkes wrote in The Birmingham Post: "The thing about this biography is the depths to which Taraborrelli has dug to get information on a famously controlling woman, he relates revealing anecdotes as if they were mere bagatelle, making News of the World style revelations look like kid's stuff.

If Taraborrelli were to include in his list of acknowledgments'thanks to the maid who let me into Madonna's bedroom to raid her underwear drawer', it wouldn't be any great surprise." She felt that "despite the sensationalism, Taraborrelli's writing style lets him down. Too it descends into the kind of mush you expect from an airport novel, with the singer coming across more like a character from

Florida v. Jimeno

Florida v. Jimeno, 500 U. S. 248, was a U. S. Supreme Court case involving the exclusionary rule of evidence under the Fourth Amendment. A police officer pulled over Enio Jimeno for a traffic violation after following him due to information that he may have been involved in a drug deal. Jimeno consented to a search of his car, but nothing more; the officer had informed Jimeno. The officer found cocaine inside. At trial, Jimeno argued that his consent to search his car did not extend to his permission to search within containers and packages; the lower court and the Florida Supreme Court upheld that Jimeno's consent did not cover the officer's efforts and thus ruled in Jimeno's favor. The State of Florida appealed to the United States Supreme Court. In a 7-2 vote, the Court overturned the lower courts' decision and ruled that the officer's search of containers within the car were not considered unreasonable. Since a reasonable person would expect narcotics to be carried in a container, because the officer told Jimeno of his suspicions, the Court ruled that the officer acted within reason.

Jimeno was thus found guilty and the officer was not in violation of the 4th amendment. This case grants law enforcement greater ability to conduct searches, it narrows the definition of unreasonable searches and thus limits the protection citizens can seek against such searches. Evidence cannot be excluded from a case if it is deemed to have been discovered through reasonable means. Text of Florida v. Jimeno, 500 U. S. 248 is available from: Cornell Justia Library of Congress Oyez

Sensation Seekers

Sensation Seekers is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Lois Weber and distributed by Universal Pictures and starring Billie Dove. The film and a trailer survive. Billie Dove as Luena'Egypt' Hagen Huntley Gordon as Ray Sturgis Raymond Bloomer as Reverend Lodge Peggy Montgomery as Margaret Todd Will Gregory as Colonel Emory Todd Helen Gilmore as Mrs. Todd Edith Yorke as Mrs. Hagen Phillips Smalley as Mr. Hagen Cora Williams as Mrs. W. Symme Sidney Arundel as Deacon W. Symme Blackie Thompson as Rabbitt Smythe Nora Cecil as Mrs. Lodge Frances Dale as Tottie Lillian Lawrence as Tibbett Sister Fanchon Frankel as Tibbett Sister Tom Ricketts Walter Brennan as Below Deck Yacht Crewman Eddie Foster Speakeasy Patron Sensation Seekers on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie 9 minute portion of Sensation Seekers available for free download at Internet Archive Several lobby posters: #1, #2, #3 Still at Still at