Abdul, Paula Julie
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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