Paula Abdul is an American choreographer, singer, dancer, actress, and television personality. At 18, she began her artistic career for the Los Angeles Lakers as a cheerleader and, later, for the Laker Girls, became the head choreographer. The Jacksons discovered Paula during this time. Further, she choreographed music videos for Janet Jackson, and Paula became a popular choreographer in the music video era. Soon after, she was signed to Virgin Records, and in 1988, her debut studio album Forever Your Girl was released, which became one of the most successful debut albums, selling 7 million copies in the US. The album also set a record for the most No. 1 singles from an album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1991, Paula’s 2nd album Spellbound scored her 2 more Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers.
From 2002 to 2009, Paula was one of the judges on the television series American Idol and, after that, appeared as a judge on Live to Dance, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Masked Dancer. Further, she also worked as a choreographer in numerous films, including Can’t Buy Me, Love, The Running Man, Coming to America, Action Jackson, The Doors, Jerry Maguire, and American Beauty. She received 17 MTV Video Music Award nominations and won 5 out of them; she also won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video. Paula received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography 2 times for her work. On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she was honored with her star and is the 1st entertainer to be honored with the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Hall of Fame Award.
Paula Abdul, Jordin Sparks, Jordan Davis and More Takes Stage On Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Every year on Thanksgiving day, people flock to the streets of New York City and gather around their televisions at their homes; they witness one of the highly-anticipated events of the year. This year, the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, like the previous years, was a star-studded event. Fans saw Paula Abdul, Jordin Sparks, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, and Jordan Davis, among others taking center stage.
Paula Abdul’s tap dance-synching and lip-synching to her No. 1 hit song “Straight Up” of 1988 was a memorable moment. Suddenly, Flavor Flav, a noted rapper and Public Enemy legend, emerged as a big hype man for Paula at Parade.
The camera found Flavor, aged 63, out in the crowd with a golden clock duly hanging from his neck, and he was dancing along to the singer’s energetic performance on the Jennie-O turkey float.
This all together turned into a magic moment that captured the attention of a nation. Paula, currently 60, is getting the same response even after a decades-old song. She has also shared a vedio of the vedio on her Twitter account, adding with a caption a dream come true.
People watching at home and in the parade all cheered the unpredicted teaming of ‘80s artists, especially after missing Al Roker for the first time in 27 years due to health issues.
Paula Abdul Early Life:
Paula was born on 19th June 1962 in San Fernando, California. Her parents were Jewish; her father was born in Aleppo, Syria, with a Syrian Jewish heritage, and was raised in Brazil; later, they emigrated to the United States. Paula follows Judaism and is proud of her heritage.
Paula started her passion for dancing after watching a show business career in the film Singin’ in the Rain by Gene Kelly. She began taking ballet, tap, and jazz dance lessons early.
At 15, Paula got a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs in California. In 1978, She appeared in a musical film, Junior High School.
During her first year at the University, Paula was selected out of 700 candidates for the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleading squad as Laker Girls (an NBA basketball team). Further, Paula became a head choreographer within a year and remained with the team until 1986.
Paula is a dog lover; in May 2009, she raised awareness about National Guide Dog Month and also teamed up with Dick Van Patten for blind people to have more independence through the help of guide dogs. In addition, Paula does not wear real fur.
Paula Abdul Family Background:
Paula was born to Harry Abdul and Lorraine. Lorraine was a concert pianist. Further, Paula has an elder sister named Wendy.
Paula Abdul Education:
Paula attended Van Nuys High School; she was an honor student and cheerleader. In 1980, she graduated from High School. For further studies, Paula enrolled at the California State University, Northridge, and studied broadcasting.
Paula Abdul Physical stats:
Paula stands 5 ft and weighs around 49 kg. She has silky brownish hair and often dyes it in different shades. Paula’s dark brown eyes enhance her attractive facial features. She has a slim body type with straight sexuality. Further, her distinctive features include a mole on her left cheek, thick eyebrows, and a sharp nose.
In 1994, Paula took treatment for bulimia nervosa, which she first developed as a teenager and only intensified later.
In April 2005, Paula said she had reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a neurological disorder that causes chronic pain.
Paula Abdul Birth Signs:
According to Paula’s birthdate, she falls under the zodiac sign; she is currently 60. Her birth flower is Honeysuckle, and her birth element is Air.
Further, Gemini people are usually expressive and quick-witted; they represent two different personalities. In addition, they are communicative, sociable, and fun lovers, with a tendency to get serious suddenly, thoughtful and restless. Gemini is extremely curious and fascinated with the world itself.
Paula Abdul Net worth:
Paula is a well-known dancer, singer, choreographer, actor, and producer whose estimated networth is $30 million. Throughout her career, she has worked for four decades, earning her a lot of income.
Paula Abdul Relationship Status:
In 1992, Paula married actor Emilio Estevez and, in 1994, divorced him. She later stated the divorce reason as she wanted children. Emilio disagreed as he already had two children from a previous relationship. Further, in 1996, Paula married clothing designer Brad Beckerman in Bristol, Connecticut, at the New England Carousel Museum. After 17 months of marriage in 1998, they divorced, stating irreconcilable differences.
Paula Abdul Career:
Dance & Choreography:
Paula started her career as she was watched at a Lakers match by Jackson 5 team; she choreographed the video to their single ‘Torture.’ The success of the video led to her choreographing the Victory tour, after the video success. In addition, Paula went on to work with Janet Jackson’s Control album and tour.
In 1995, Paula released her dance workout video, Paula Abdul’s Get Up and Dance!, and in 2003, it was re-released on DVD. In 1998, she released a 2nd workout video, Cardio Dance, and in 2000, this video was also re-released. Further, in 2005, Paula released a DVD series Called Cardio Cheer and marketed to young girls; the series mainly focused on cheerleading, dance, and workout.
Paula has also worked as a choreographer in successful films, including Big (working Tom Hanks‘ character), Jerry Maguire (starring Tom Cruise), Coming to America (starring Eddie Murphy), and American Beauty (starring Kevin Spacey).
In 1988, Paula released her debut album, Forever Your Girl; although it took 62 weeks, the album reached No. 1 on the US Billboard album charts in the US. The album produced four No. 1 singles, ‘Straight Up,’ ‘Cold Hearted,’ ‘Opposites Attract’ and ‘Forever Your Girl.’
In 1991, Paula released her 2nd album, Spellbound, and over 13 million copies were sold worldwide. The single lead vedio, ‘Rush Rush,’ featured Keanu Reeves (The Continental) playing a James Dean-type character. Another single from the album, ‘U,’ was written by Prince, especially for Paula.
After battling bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, Paula returned to her music career, and in 1995 she released another album titled Head Over Heels. Around 500,000 copies of the album were sold in the US.
Further, she took another break from the industry, and in 2000, Virgin Records released a greatest hits compilation titled Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits.
In 1997, Paula co-wrote a song with Kara DioGuardi titled ‘Spinning Around.’ The song was initially a re-launch of Paula’s career, but instead, the song was given to Kylie Minogue and boosted her career instead.
In 1997 Paula appeared in the film Touched By Evil on ABC television as a businesswoman who discovers her boyfriend is a serial rapist. Later in 2002, she began her judge career by appearing in the TV talent contest American Idol. She was one of the judges, along with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Paula and Simon often clashed on the show. She has been the subject of several comedy sketches and acted as a guest judge on other talent shows.
Later, in January 2011, Paula appeared on the series Live to Dance, a short-lived CBS reality competition, where she was an executive producer too.
In May 2011, an announcement of Paula rejoined Simon on the 1st season of the American edition of The X Factor. In January 2012, Abdul announced that she would not return as a judge for the series’ 2nd season. But later, she was replaced by Demi Lovato. That same year in October, Paula served as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars. In April 2013, she appeared on American Idol in season 12 to compliment contestant Candice Glover on her performance.
On 9th July 9, 2013, Paula was a guest judge on the 10th season of So You Think You Can Dance. In October, she was named as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia, which aired on Australia’s Network Ten. for all episodes of this season, she was present as a permanent member of the judge’s panel. Further, in the 12th season, she became a permanent judge of the American version.
In April 2014, Paula appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and in June 2014, she made a cameo appearance on Neighbours, an Australian soap opera. The following year, Paula made a guest appearance on the Real Husbands of Hollywood, a comedy sitcom. In April 2021, as a guest judge, she returned to American Idol while Luke Bryan was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Paula Abdul Social Appearance:
Paula has a massive fan following with around 1.9M, 1M, and 480K followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, respectively. She regularly posts to keep her fans updated. Further, Paula has a YouTube account, too, with around 180K subscribers.