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Paula Abdul Biography

Birth Name:
Paula Julie Abdul
Birth Place:
San Fernando, California, United States
Singer, dancer, choreographer, actor, TV personality

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


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: winner
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: winner
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: nominated


  • Brad Beckerman -- Ex-husband
  • J.T. Torregiani -- Ex-significant Other
  • Jeff Bratton -- Ex-significant Other
  • Harry Abdul -- Father
  • Lorraine Abdul -- Mother
  • Wendy Abdul -- Sister