Paula Abdulwas born on June 19, 1962 in San Fernando, California. Her father is Harry Abdul, a business owner, and her mother is Lorraine Rykiss, a former concert pianist and also worked with a film director, Billy Wilder. Her father was from Brazil and her mother was from Canada. Paula is a successful American cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers, choreographer, pop R&B singer, dancer, and a judge for the television series, American Idol. Paula has indeed been a very busy girl. While her voice was untrained in 1987, she gained her fame with it and her dancing and performing ability.
Paula has a sister who is 7 years older than she is. Paula was inspired by Gene Kelly with his classic film, Singiní In the rain, and also by Debbie Allen, Fred Astaire, and Bob Fosse. She began dance lessons at the age of 8 and had a natural talent for it. She studied broadcasting at the California State University and tried out for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers and won. She became the choreographer for the squad within 3 months and quit school six months later. She choreographed the dance routines in the film, Coming Yo America., The Running man, and American Beauty, Big, and The Burger King touchdown, which aired on the NFL 2005-2006 season game.
In 1988, Paula released her debut album, Forever Your Girl, and it hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album sales chart. It was at number 1 for ten weeks. It also became multi-platinum and from it came five top three singles, with four of them reaching number 1. The hits were, Straight Up, Forever Your Girl, Cold Hearted, Itís Just the Way That You Love me, and Opposites Attract. This was the first album ever to have four number one singles. There was a remix album released called, Shut Up and Dance, and it reached number 7 on the Billboardís Album Chart. This made it one of the most successful remix albums to this day. The video for Opposites Attract won a Grammy. After that Paula went on a Club MTV tour and she performed songs from her album. The tour increased her popularity even more. Between 1993 and 1994 Paula had personal problems. She helped her sister overcome an eating disorder and it was discovered that Paula herself was bulimic. Paula also divorced her husband Emilio Estevez in 1994.
Paula released Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits CD and it sold over one million copies. In 2002 she appeared on American Idol as one of the judges. The week before the finale in season 6 in 2007, Paula broke her nose when she tried to keep from tripping over her chihuahua. She appeared at the May 22 performance and at the finale on may 23rd.
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