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Overview (3)

Born in San Fernando, California, USA
Birth NamePaula Julie Abdul
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pete Brennan

Her father (Harry Abdul) is of Sephardic Jewish background from Syria. Her mother is also Jewish and was born in Canada. Her parents have lived in Syria, Brazil, and Canada - and this varied background has contributed to incredibly different stories in the press about her nationality and/or religion. Daughter of Harry Abdul (once a livestock trader in Brazil) and Lorainne Abdul (former assistant to film director Billy Wilder), grew up in Hollywood, California. Since the age of seven, she sung and danced in community musical theatre groups while traveling around America. She took tap dance lessons as well, in which she was awarded a scholarship to tap dancing school. Later on in life, she attended Cal State-Northridge College in which she majored in Broadcast radio. During that time, she auditioned for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA Cheerleading team, and that led her to a spot as a cheerleader on the squad, earning some $50 a game during her freshman year.

Later on, she decided to take up choreography, working with artists such as the Jacksons and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, she organizes dance camps for young children to come to and have fun during the summer. Paula has won many musical awards, such as a Grammy, 7 MTV video awards, 2 Emmy awards, and 2 People's Choice awards. On top of all that, she's had two #1 hit albums and seven #1 hit singles. To add to that, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has done well for herself, and plans to write/sing/choreograph for as long as she can.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: dviper98

Family (1)

Spouse Brad Beckerman (24 October 1996 - 1997)  (divorced)
Emilio Estevez (29 April 1992 - 10 May 1994)  (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Mezzo-soprano vocal range

Trivia (28)

Choreographed music videos for several artists such as George Michael, Debbie Gibson, Dolly Parton, Janet Jackson and ZZ Top.
Former L.A. Lakers cheerleader.
Attended and graduated from Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, California.
Attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in Los Angeles, California.
She appeared in and choreographed Janet Jackson's music videos "Nasty" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately?".
She said a few lines on Chunky A's (Arsenio Hall) song "Dope, The Big Lie". The song appears on Chunky A's album "Large and in Charge" (1989).
Paula spent her honeymoon with ex-husband Emilio Estevez in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Her first album, "Forever Your Girl", took over two years to reach the top of Billboard's album charts in 1990 and spawned four #1 singles.
Her father is of Syrian descent and her mother is a Canadian. Her parents divorced when she was a child.
Had 6 #1 hits from 1989-1991. They include "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", "Opposites Attract", "Rush Rush", and her last #1 on September 1991 "The Promise of a New Day".
Her 1989 #1 hit "Straight Up" was ranked #81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
In a guest appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) on 18 May 2004, she remarked that she is no longer a vegetarian.
When she was growing up, Michael Bolton was her babysitter.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 4, 1991.
3/24/05: A Los Angeles court sentenced her to two years probation and ordered her to pay $1100 after she pleaded no contest to an involvement in a hit-and-run incident in December 2004.
Younger sister of Wendy Abdul, by whom she has a nephew and a niece; they are Paula's juniors by 10 and, respectively, 13 years. Both are among Paula's biggest fans.
Her favorite love song is Roberta Flack's recording of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", written by Ewan MacColl.
Former daughter-in-law of Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen. Former sister-in-law of Ramon Estevez, Renée Estevez and Charlie Sheen.
Is a huge fan of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.
Ranked #85 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Co-wrote, with Kara DioGuardi, Kylie Minogue's UK #1 hit "Spinning Around".
Her idol is Gene Kelly. She used to wish that he was her father.
On June 10, 2017, she canceled her tonight's performance in Denver, Colorado, after suffering an injury.
Her mother, Lorraine M. Rykiss, died on January 14, 2018 at age 85. Her father, Harry Abdul, died in April 2019 from Alheizmer's disease, also aged 85.
In April 2005, Abdul said that she suffers from a neurological disorder, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, that causes chronic pain.
In 1994, Abdul sought treatment for bulimia nervosa, which she revealed years later she first developed as a teenager and only intensified after she became a pop star.
Was so devoted to dance classes as a child that she would cry at the thought of being late for one.
Friends with Toni Braxton.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her style of choreography] When people expect me to go right, I'll go left. I'm unpredictable.
When you wish upon a star, you just might become one.
My niece used to share my phone number with her closest friends at school, which led to me getting calls from young people I didn't recognize. I'd answer the phone and get a squeal of "Oh, God, it's HER!"

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