Dick Clark Flashback: Madonna Says She Wants "to Rule the World" in 1984

Celebrity News Apr. 19, 2012 AT 9:17AM

The world lost a true Hollywood visionary Wednesday, when legendary TV host and producer Dick Clark passed away suddenly at age 82 after suffering a massive heart attack.

With years of TV and radio under his belt, Clark became a true household name with the 1972 premiere of his show American Bandstand, which began as a pre-MTV, pre-American Idol showcase for the latest and greatest stars of Top 40 radio.

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Back in early 1984, Clark welcomed an up-and-coming pop singer named Madonna onto the show. With a couple hits under her belt, the midriff-baring singer wasn't a complete unknown to viewers or the in-house audience; later that year, her second album Like a Virgin would make Madonna a bonafide superstar.

Madonna at the American Music Awards January 28, 1985.
Madonna at the American Music Awards January 28, 1985.
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In this classic interview, a giggly, spunky Madonna (who's now 53 and the mother of four kids) coyly tells Clark her plans for the future: "Um, to rule the world."

And she did! Watch this prescient clip now.

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