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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and radio. After joining the L.A. Lakers cheerleaders, she became head cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months, eventually dropping out of college to dance and choreograph full-time. She was recruited by The Jacksons to choreograph their 1984 "Torture" video, the first in a long list of videos and movies she would choreograph. She branched out into singing with her first CD, "Forever Your Girl", which had lackluster sales until the single "Straight Up" exploded onto the charts in December 1988 and she has been a popular singer/dancer ever since, enhanced by her stint as a judge on the hit series American Idol (2002).

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Jun 19, 1962 In San Fernando, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Arsenio Hall Show 2013-09-09

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The X Factor
Poster of American Idol
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Unknown 2012-10-01
Live to Dance Herself - Mentor & Lead Judge 2011-01-04
The X Factor Unknown 2011-09-01
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! Unknown 2010-02-01
RuPaul's Drag Race Unknown 2009-02-02
Drop Dead Diva Unknown 2009-07-12
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Hotel Babylon Unknown 2006-01-19
The X Factor Unknown 2005-02-06
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
The Contender Unknown 2005-03-07
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
That's So Raven Unknown 2003-01-17
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
American Idol Self - Judge / ... 318 episodes, 2002-2016 2002-06-11
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Unknown 2002-06-08
The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-07
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Unknown 1996-09-27
Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Cybill Unknown 1995-01-02
The Wayans Bros. Unknown 1995-01-11
The Miracle That Is Beavis, Impotence, Inventors, and Canned Unknown 1993-03-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Only Fools and Horses Unknown 1981-09-08
ABC News Nightline Unknown 1980-03-24
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11