NEW YORK -- Madonna routinely ate out of garbage cans while she clawed for a show-business break in her early New York days.
Madonna was unhappily seeing a shrink just weeks after her 1985 marriage to wild-man actor Sean Penn.
Madonna went on an out-of-control drunk earlier this year after a fortune teller told her she would never have children.
Madonna was once dumped by an artist boyfriend who complained she wasn't sexually "inventive" enough.
Madonna used to dream of being a nun, but she always insisted on wearing pants to church anyway.
Driving Miss Madonna on her dizzying ride through megastardom has been nothing but one torment after another, says a flashy new unauthorized biography -- leaked to the Daily News a week before it's scheduled to hit bookstores.