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Great Singer, Terrible Actress

2. Beginner's Luck: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

This film remains Madonna’s best to date. It is also 27 years old. Madge gave a terrific performance as a tramp, a role rendered even hipper thanks to her chic insouciance on screen, a quality she rapidly lost as her (musical) star shone brighter. This comedy of mistaken identities opened to rave reviews and was a massive box office success. It also made Rosanna Arquette an indie favourite for a short while. Then two box office turkeys spoilt the party for Madonna: Who’s That Girl? and Shanghai Surprise came around, the latter with hubby Sean Penn in tow...


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