She had shocked, then almost lost her audiences. Now the Queen of Burlesque just wants to be a clown.

There she stood, a vision of tawdriness: blond hair, black skirt, red bra over taut white flesh. She was that odd-lot remnant of the '80s, a Madonna wannabe. But most of the other fans at the Toronto SkyDome last week for the North American opening of the singer's Girlie Show tour were dressed in civvies. For them, the star was only something to stare at. She is not a role model, not after a decade in the spotlight. These days, does anyone wanna be Madonna? Does anyone even wanna see Madonna? Not on the movie screen. Body of Evidence, in which...

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