Paula Abdul

Choreographer, Dancer, Actor
Known primarily as a music video choreographer and pop star of the late 1980s, Paula Abdul would later enjoy triumphant career resurgence as a judge on the phenomenally popular reality talent show, "American Idol" (Fox ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1962 in San Fernando, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

American Idol 2001 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Live to Dance 2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

So You Think You Can Dance 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Judge

Spin City 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

X Factor 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Hero Dog Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Family Television Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Teen Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Halfway Home 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Three 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Phenomenon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Road to Hollywood 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Best of the Worst 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Halfway Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Two 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disco Ball 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Talk About... Pop Music! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Dance Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlequin's The Waiting Game 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's No. 1 Hits 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Paula Abdul: Under My Spell 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Dance Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (05/21/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By Evil (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer
Other (14)

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Black Knight 2001 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

select choreography(Val Kilmer) (Choreographer)

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Dance to Win 1989 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

choreography(dance) (Choreographer)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Can't Buy Me Love 1987 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

Choreographer

Biography

Known primarily as a music video choreographer and pop star of the late 1980s, Paula Abdul would later enjoy triumphant career resurgence as a judge on the phenomenally popular reality talent show, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). But years before she could make aspiring singer's dreams come true, Abdul was a key figure in the 1980s music video world for her choreography work with Janet Jackson among others. She would parlay her role as a high profile dancer into a brief music career where her fun, poppy R&B-tinged singles and electric concert performances earned comparisons to Jackson and Madonna. At the peak of her popularity, Abdul was continually criticized for her fluctuating weight and her limited vocal range, and when her style was eclipsed by harder grunge rock in the early 1990s, she faded into obscurity. Or so the naysayers believed. Proving them all wrong, in 2002, Abdul was cast on "American Idol" in the obligatory role of "overly kind" judge alongside the abrasive Simon Cowell and the bland Randy Jackson. Her earlier "nice girl" veneer, however, soon gave way to controversy amid Abdul's loopy behavior, allegations of inappropriate contact with a male "Idol" contestant, and her dramatic and unexpected departure from one of the most popular TV series on television.

Relationships

Harry Abdul

Father
Syrian Divorced from Paula's mother

Lorraine Abdul

Mother
French-Canadian A former assistant to film director Billy Wilder Divorced from Paula's father

Wendy Abdul

Sister
Born c. 1956

Brad Beckerman

Husband
Married Oct. 24, 1996 Divorced in 1997

Jeff Bratton

Companion
Couple met in the summer of 2010 Couple split in November 2011 per Bratton

Emilio Estevez Actor

Husband
Married April 29, 1992 Divorced in May 1994

Arsenio Hall Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1980s Hall appeared in Abdul's "Straight Up" (1989) music video

Colton Melby

Companion
Part owner of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Dated from 2003-04

Jace Richdale Consulting Producer

Companion
Wrote for the TV series "The Simpsons" (Fox) No longer together

Tony Schiena Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated in 2006 No longer together

Dante Spencer Actor

Companion
Met salsa dancing at an L.A. club Began dating in August 2005 No longer together

John Stamos Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in the early 1990s No longer together

JT Torregiani

Companion
Dolce Group partner Dated from 2007-08

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California
Left the University to become a member of the cheerleading squad for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team - the famed Laker Girls

Van Nuys High School

Van Nuys , California
Was class president, a member of the debate and science teams and head of the cheerleading squad

Milestones

2011

Re-teamed with Simon Cowell as a judge on the American version of "The X-Factor"

2011

Served as judge, executive producer, mentor and coach on CBS' dancing competition, "Live to Dance"

2009

Appeared in several episodes of the Lifetime series, "Drop Dead Diva"

2009

Debuted "I'm Just Here for the Music" on the Ryan Seacrest Radio show; also performed the song on the "American Idol" (Fox) results show

2008

Released first single in over 10 years, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow"; song debuted on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest"

2007

Co-produced and starred in the reality series "Hey Paula" for the Bravo network

2005

Joined Fox's reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" as a correspondent

2002

Became a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" (CBS)

2002

Appeared with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as judges on the reality competition "American Idol" (Fox); announced she was leaving the show before the start of the ninth season

1999

Cast in the NBC television movie, "Mr. Rock and Roll: The Alan Freed Story"

1997

Starred in the ABC television movie, "Touched By Evil"

1995

After taking a few years off for personal issues, she released Head Over Heels, her third studio album

1991

Released the album Spellbound; the single "Rush Rush" was an instant hit

1990

Released a remix album titled, Shut Up And Dance, which became the top-selling remix album in history

1988

Released her debut album, Forever Your Girl; the single "Straight Up" became Paula's first No. 1 hit

1987

Signed a deal with Virgin records

1986

Choreographed four of Janet Jackson's videos from her Control album, including "Nasty" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately?"

1984

Discovered by the Jacksons while dancing at a Laker game; hired as an assistant dance director on The Jackson's Victory Tour

1982

Left college to join the Los Angeles Lakers' cheerleading squad, known as the Laker Girls; promoted to choreographer within a few months

1981

Made film debut at age 15 in "Junior High School"

Offered a dance scholarship at the Julliard school for performing arts in New York City; turned it down to stay closer to home

Started her own dance company, Company Dance, and showcased dance competitions throughout the US

Won an Emmy Award for choreographing "The Tracy Ullman Show"

Began choreographing for such movies as "Bull Durham," "The Running Man," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Coming to America"

Bonus Trivia

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Described as "the kind of mass-appeal superstar critics love to loathe. Many claim the former cheerleader's peppy dance routines and videogenic charm, not her musical ability, pushed sales of her first album to $7 million and the second, Spellbound, to nearly $3 million." – From USA Today, Oct. 29, 1991

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In 1995, Abdul participated in an ABC television interview with Diane Sawyer in which she discussed her weight problems and her personal battles with bulimia.

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In November 2004, Abdul had been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Public concern rose as her behavior became erratic on a couple of occasions – during "American Idol" as well as during an April 2005 appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," when she appeared to be intoxicated.

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On March 24, 2005, Abdul was fined and sentenced to two years' probation for a hit-and-run incident in Encino, CA.

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In May 2005, ABC's "Primetime Live" reported 2nd season "Idol" contestant Corey Clark's claims and corroborating evidence that he and Abdul had had an affair during the season, and that she had coached him on how to succeed in the competition. Adbul dismissed Clark's claims.

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In 2007, Paula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationwide consumer debut on QVC.

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On Aug. 4, 2009, Abdul announced to the world via Twitter, that she would not be returning to "Idol" for the program's 9th season. The announcement was met by disbelief from fans and even Abdul's co-workers. It was rumored that Abdul quit after contract negotiations stalled between the singer and the Fox network, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment.

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