Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 and later became the head choreographer for the Laker Girls, where she was discovered by The Jacksons. After choreographing music videos for Janet Jackson, Abdul became a choreographer at the height of the music video era and soon thereafter she was signed to Virgin Records. Her debut studio album Forever Your Girl (1988) became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling 7 million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract". Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.
|Full name at birth||
Paula Julie Abdul
|Claim to fame||
1980s pop star, American Idol
|Date of birth||
19 June 1962
|Place of birth||
Los Angeles, California, USA
Singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, television personality, television producer, music video director
5' (152 cm)
117 lbs (53.1 kg)
Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA (senior class president) (1976-1980
California State University Northridge
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