She persuades a DJ to play her tape at the Danceteria club. This single shattering event becomes the defining moment of young Madonna's life and the catalyst in her search for the unconditional love she would no longer receive from the mother she adored. Aged 20 she is flown to Paris to pursue her new career. She survives on a diet of popcorn and part time jobs at Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King, the Russian Tea Rooms and nude modelling for art and photography students. As the family grows, Madonna looks for ways of grabbing her father's attention, throwing herself into her schoolwork to stand out from her brothers and sisters. Now accustomed to a routine of school, homework, household chores, looking after her younger siblings, taking piano lessons and going to church, Madonna persuades her father to let her take ballet lessons.
Her first televised live performance on MTV's first Music Awards show on September 16 brings a swell of media and public interest.
The child who became a star
As a result, the pair are persuaded to promote her more vigorously and extend her recording contract. The press refer to them as "wannabes". Back in New York she dates part-time musician Dan Gilroy and moves into the converted synagogue he shares with his brother, Ed. In November, as Everybody reaches the top of the dance charts, Madonna is invited to Seymour Stein's hospital bed where he signs her to an album deal to capitalise on the success of her first single. Instead, she tells friends she is "going to be a rock star". Madonna's working relationship with Steve Bray continues and they co-write her second album Like A Virgin.