This former pop princess started out as a Laker Girl before becoming an Emmy-winning choreographer for performers (Janet Jackson), movies (Coming to America
) and TV series (The Tracey Ullman Show
). Abdul stepped into the spotlight in 1988 with her first album, Forever Your Girl
, which spawned a succession of hit singles and made her a familiar face on MTV. Following disappointing sales of her 1995 album Head Over Heels
, Abdul's career began to flag, but was revived in 2002 when she signed on as a judge for the televised singing competition American Idol
. Her touchy-feely presence on the massively popular series helped Abdul weather a handful of scandals, including a hit-and-run accident and allegations she had an affair with a contestant. In 2009, Abdul announced she would not be returning for the ninth season of Idol
, and her slot on the judging panel was subsequently filled by talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.Paula Abdul Fast Facts:
- Video for her 1991 single "Rush, Rush" was directed by George Lucas and featured Keanu Reeves.
- Served as Val Kilmer's choreographer for his performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991).
- Released an exercise video in 1995 titled Paula Abdul's Get Up and Dance!
- Provided the voice for the character Watch in the animated movie Robots (2005).
- Teamed up with American Idol judge Randy Jackson in 2005 to create the instructional DVD Ultimate Voice Coach---Learn to Sing Like a Star!
- Made a rare big-screen appearance in 2009, when she appeared in Sasha Baron Cohen's mockumentary Brüno.
- Paula Abdul Relationships:
- Brad Beckerman - Ex-husband
- Emilio Estevez - Ex-husband
- Harry Abdul - Father
- Lorraine Abdul - Mother
- Wendy Abdul - Sister
- Jeff Bratton - Ex-significant Other
- J.T. Torregiani - Ex-significant Other
- Paula Abdul Awards:
- 1991 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
- 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
- 1990 Grammy: Best Music Video - Short Form - Winner
- 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Nominee
- 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
- 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
- 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Winner
- 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
- 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
- 1990 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
- 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Winner
- Attended California State University, Northridge, CA