Paula Abdul

Born Jun 19, 1962

Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have reached #1 there.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on June 19, 1962.


1978 16 Years Old Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz, and tap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School. … Read More


1987 25 Years Old In 1987, Abdul used her savings to make a singing demo. … Read More
1988 26 Years Old In 1988, Abdul released her pop debut album, Forever Your Girl. … Read More
In early 1991, Yvette Marine, backing vocalist on Forever Your Girl, claimed that she sang "co-lead vocals" on the album and sued Abdul and Virgin Records for compensation. … Read More


1992 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 35 Years Old In January 1997, Abdul starred in the ABC television movie Touched By Evil, playing a businesswoman who discovers that her boyfriend is a serial rapist. … Read More
1998 36 Years Old While Abdul took a break from the music industry, she remained busy behind the scenes. Abdul served as the choreographer for several film and theater productions, including the 1998 musical Reefer Madness and the cheerleading scenes in the 1999 film American Beauty (she had previously also choreographed the 1991 film The Doors). … Read More
2000 38 Years Old In 2000, Abdul's Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits CD was released by Virgin Records (with whom Abdul was already no longer affiliated). … Read More


2002 40 Years Old In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol. … Read More
Substance abuse allegations arose as the result of what some described as "erratic behavior" by Abdul during episodes of American Idol. After reading these allegations on message boards, Abdul told People in April 2005 that she suffered from chronic pain for years following a "cheerleading accident" at age 17 and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) in November 2004. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old In March 2006, Fox announced that Abdul had signed to stay on American Idol as a judge for at least three more years. … Read More
In 2007, Paula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationwide consumer debut on QVC, with the tagline "fashion jewelry designed with heart and soul." … Read More
In January 2008, Abdul returned to the music charts for the first time in nearly 13 years with the single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow," the first track on the album Randy Jackson's Music Club Vol 1. … Read More
In January 2009, Abdul hosted "RAH!," a 90-minute cheerleading competition on MTV. "RAH!" featured five collegiate squads competing in a series of challenges with Abdul crowning one the winner.
2010 48 Years Old In January 2010, Abdul presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to choreographer Julie McDonald at the 11th Anniversary show of The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball. … Read More
2011 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Abdul kicked off 2011 by serving as lead judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor and coach on CBS' new dancing competition, Live to Dance (formerly Got to Dance) Abdul said that unlike American Idol, her new show is less about "competition" and more about "celebration." … Read More


2012 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2012, Abdul announced that she would not be returning as a judge for the show's second season. … Read More
In January 30, 2013, The Carnival: Choreographers Ball 14th Year Anniversary, Abdul was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions and works in the choreography world.
2014 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2014, Abdul was a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6). … Read More
On 2015 Abdul made a guest appearance on the comedy sitcom Real Husbands of Hollywood on its Season 4 premiere. … Read More
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