Paula Abdul

Quick Facts

Full NamePaula Julie Abdul
Date of BirthJune 19, 1962 (age 61)
Place of BirthSan Fernando, California, U.S.
Alma MaterCalifornia State University, Northridge
OccupationsSinger, dancer, choreographer, actress, television personality
Years Active1978–present
Spouses– Emilio Estevez (m. 1992; div. 1994)
– Brad Beckerman (m. 1996; div. 1998)
GenresR&B, pop, dance, new jack swing
Net Worth$20 Million
LabelsVirgin, Captive, Mercury, Concord, Filament
Career Highlights– Head choreographer for the Laker Girls
– Choreographed music videos for Janet Jackson
– Debut album “Forever Your Girl” sold seven million copies in the U.S.
– Set record for most number-one singles from a debut album on Billboard Hot 100
– Two number-one singles on Billboard Hot 100 from her second album “Spellbound”
– Tied with Diana Ross for third-most chart-toppers among female solo artists at the time
– Original judge on American Idol from 2002 to 2009
– Received five MTV Video Music Awards
– Grammy Award for Best Music Video for “Opposites Attract”
– Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice
– Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
– First entertainer to be honored with Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Hall of Fame Award
Early Life– Born in San Fernando, California
– Father of Syrian Jewish heritage, born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Brazil
– Mother, a concert pianist of Jewish heritage, from Minnedosa, Manitoba
– Inspired toward show business career by Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain”
– Started dance lessons in ballet, jazz, and tap at an early age
– Attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and honor student
– Selected for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team at 15
– Became head choreographer of the Laker Girls within a year
– Studied broadcasting at California State University, Northridge

Paula Abdul TV Shows

TV ShowYears
American IdolSince 2002
Paula Abdul: Cold HeartedSince 1988
So You Think You Can DanceSince 2005
The X Factor (U.S.)2011 – 2013
Paula Abdul: Rush, RushSince 1991
The Masked Dancer2020 – 2021
Live to Dance2011
Janet Jackson2022
Drop Dead Diva2009 – 2014
Hey Paula2007
So You Think You Can Dance Australia2008 – 2010
Paula Abdul: Crazy CoolSince 1995
Billboard Music AwardsSince 2019
Paula Abdul: Straight UpSince 1988
Sabrina the Teenage Witch1996 – 2003
New Jack SwingSince 2019
Entertainment TonightSince 1981
The Muppets Mayhem2023
Made for Love2021 – 2022
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life2016
Good Day Live2001 – 2005
American Idol Rewind2006 – 2010
I Love the ’80s 3-D2005
The 27th Annual GLAAD Media AwardsSince 2016
Paula Abdul: VibeologySince 1992
The World Dog AwardsSince 2016
’80s WomenSince 2019
Paula Abdul: Opposites AttractSince 1988
The 91st Annual Hollywood Christmas ParadeSince 2023
American Idol 2008Since 2009
Harlequin: The Waiting GameSince 2001
Paula Abdul: Forever Your GirlSince 1988
Paula Abdul: Knocked OutSince 1988
Awesome ’80sSince 2018
The X Factor Digital Experience2011
Paula Abdul feat. The Wild Pair: Opposites AttractSince 2007
Paula Abdul: Will You Marry Me?Since 1992
American Idol: Stars Live at the Paley CenterSince 2010
Paula Abdul’s Birthday BeatsSince 2021
Paula Abdul: The Promise of a New DaySince 2007
Paula Abdul’s Get Up and DanceSince 2012
Paula Abdul: Blowing Kisses in the WindSince 1992
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & RollSince 2000
La fièvre de la danse juniorSince 2017
Star CoachSince 2014
Randy Jackson Feat. Paula Abdul: Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow (Paul Oakenfold Remix)Since 2008
Paula Abdul Feat. Randy Jackson: Dance Like There’s No TomorrowSince 2008
The All-Star Dog Rescue CelebrationSince 2015
Paula Abdul: My Love is for RealSince 1995

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