[PW] Request profile article about Madonna in Vanity Fair 1991

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 11:14:14 PDT 2018

I've been asked to trace a quotation about ambition driven by the fear
of being mediocre. This notion has been uttered by multiple
celebrities and non-celebrities. A biography of Madonna indicates that
she employed an instance in 1991. Perhaps a list member can help me to
verify this citation data and text.

Date: April 1991
Periodical: Vanity Fair
Article: The Misfit
Author: Lynn Hirschberg
Start Page 160, Quote Page 200
Note: This citation data is from "Madonna: A Biography" by Mary Cross

[Begin excerpt]
My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And
that's always pushing me, pushing me.
[End excerpt]

Here is a link to the cover photo for the April 1991 issue of "Vanity Fair"

Webpage says "The Misfit" appears on pages 160-169 and 196-202.

Below is a link to a webpage that seems to contain part of the
interview. The text at the beginning of paragraphs can be used as
guideposts to more easily locate the target quotation.


The goal is to acquire a complete and accurate citation. Scans of
pages showing important information would be very helpful. Key
information: magazine title, issue date, article title, article
author, publisher name, publisher location, table of contents showing
article start page and title, first page of article, page showing
quotation and page number. Scans of the full article are not required
but would be great.

Visual verification of the key data is ok if you are unable to create scans.

With appreciation
Garson O'Toole

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