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Abdul, Paula Julie (Abdul, Paula)

Born: 1962 AD
Currently alive, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Choreographers, Dancers, Musicians


1962 - She was born on the 19th of June in San Fernando, California. American singer, dancer and actress.

1970 - Her parents divorced.

         - She started her dance lessons around the age of eight and showed a natural talent for it.

1977 - She received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs.

1978 - She appeared as Sherri in the low-budget musical film Junior High School.

1980 - Her career rose rapidly, from being a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers.

         - She was a pop-R&B singer with a string of top hits.

         - She went on to serve as the choreographer for the videos of singer Janet Jackson.
         - She also choreographed music videos for Duran Duran, Heart, Prince, Luther Vandross, INXS, Debbie Gibson, among others

1987 - She used her savings to make a singing demo.

         - She also appeared uncredited in the film Can't Buy Me Love as a dancer.

1988 - She released her debut album Forever Your Girl.

1989 - She won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for her work on "The Tracy Ullman Show".

1990 - She received the same award for The 17th Annual American Music Awards.

1991 - She had follow-up album, "Spellbound" contained another string of hits, and went on to sell 8.5 million copies.

         - She made a popular Diet Coke commercial in which through technology she danced with her idol, a young Gene Kelly.

         - Won a Grammy for Best Music Video for "Opposites Attract".

1992 - Married to Emilio Estevez on April 29th.

1993 - Received her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 - She released a dance workout video entitled "Paula Abdul's Get Up and Dance!".

1996 - Married to Brad Beckerman on October 24th.

1998 - She released another dance workout video called "Cardio Dance".

2000 - Her Greatest Hits "Paula Abdul" CD was released by Virgin Records.

         - She co-wrote "Spinning Around" a dance-pop track intended to be the lead single off her new album.

2002 - She started to appear as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar".

2004 - 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.

2005 - In December, she launched a cheerleading/fitness/dance/dance DVD series called Cardio Cheer, which is marketed to children and teenage girls involved with cheerleading and dance.

2007 - Her second greatest-hits CD, entitled "Greatest Hits: Straight Up!",  was released by Virgin on the 8th of May.

         - In February she told Us Weekly that she had never been drunk or used illegal drugs and called the allegations "lies".


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