Madonna talks about thanking her exes for inspiring "W.E."
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES HOLLYWOODTV - Pop icon Madonna thanked her ex-husbands for encouraging her to take up a career in movies, as she arrived in Venice on Thursday for the world premiere of her royal drama "W.E." The 53-year-old icon has been married to actor/director Sean Penn and British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, and has spent much of the last few years behind the camera rather than on the stage. "W.E.," is Madonna's second feature film, which appears at the Venice Film Festival outside the main competition, but the presence of one of the world's biggest celebrities inevitably dominated the attention of the world's press. The film re-tells the story of American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose affair with Britain's King Edward VIII led him to abdicate the throne. It does so through the eyes of another American Wally Winthrop, played by Abbie Cornish, who lives in New York in the 1990s and becomes obsessed with the life of a woman with whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. "I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," Madonna told reporters after a press screening for W.E., "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."
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