Paula Julie Abdul born June 19,  is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 and later became the head choreographer for the Laker Girls , where she was discovered by The Jacksons. Her debut studio album Forever Your Girl became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling 7 million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot chart: " Straight Up ", " Forever Your Girl ", " Cold Hearted ", and " Opposites Attract ". Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. Abdul was born in San Fernando, California to Jewish parents. Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet , jazz , and tap.
Paula Abdul - Biography - IMDb
In the wake of Madonna 's success, many dance-pop divas filled the charts, but out of them all, Paula Abdul was the only one who sustained a career. The former L. Lakers cheerleader and choreographer scored her first hit in , when "Straight Up" shot to Billboard's number one spot, becoming the first of four U. This success laid the groundwork for her second act as a judge on American Idol, the televised singing competition that began in and kept Abdul in the spotlight throughout the decade.
Paula Abdul discography
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She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After joining the L. She was recruited by The Jacksons to choreograph their "Torture" video, the first in a long list of videos and movies she would choreograph.