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Twenty years ago this week the Material Girl married Sean Penn. Why? Madonna met the notoriously ill-tempered Hollywood bad boy on the set of the video for "Material Girl" as her star was rising, rising, rising. Penn was a publicity shy actor with a penchant for BEATING UP PHOTOGRAPHERS. This, as anyone could see, was a match made in hell.

But, on August 16, 1985 - Madonna's 27th birthday, the two tied the knot. It was a media circus. The paparazzi went nuts with helicopters swooping over the couple as they exchanged vows on a Malibu mountaintop. Penn fired a gun at the copters, carved obscenities into the sand for them to photograph and screamed at them.

"It was like Vietnam,'' Madonna told the press later.

As was the couples' stormy four year marriage.

After allegations of abuse and plenty of heated public arguments, Madonna filed for divorce a second time in 1989 and the two split up.

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