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Profiling Paula Abdul, Popular African-American Singer and Choreographer

Paula Abdul biography


Paula Abdul, a well-known African-American (of Canadian descent), was born on this date in 1962 in San Francisco, California.

Paula Abdul is an innovative choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor, and entrepreneur. She has been entertaining her fans for over two decades and is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist. Paula’s choreography credits include Emmy-winning contributions to The Tracey Ullman Show, which was produced by Oscar and Emmy winner James L. Brooks.

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Soon after, Paula was nominated for two Emmys for her groundbreaking choreography for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards and her own performance on the American Music Awards. Julia has choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ Top, The Jackson Family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart, and Prince, and has won seven MTV Awards for her work with Janet Jackson.


She worked as a choreographer for Patrick Dempsey in Can’t Buy Me Love, converted Val Kilmer into the renowned Jim Morrison in The Doors, and choreographed the memorable African wedding dance scene in Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

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She worked as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s choreographer in The Running Man, and she was reunited with her mentor, James L. Brooks. James took Paula under his wing at The Tracy Ullman Show, launching her into the world of TV and film choreography for Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Oscar-winning performance in Jerry Maguire.

Following that, Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her debut album “Forever Your Girl,” which was followed by six number one singles. Paula’s “Forever Your Girl” was the second longest charting album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart until a few months ago, after Adele ranked it third.

Paula Abdul has received a Grammy, seven MTV Video Music Awards, two Emmy Awards, and two People’s Choice Awards, in addition to selling over 60 million records worldwide. She became recognized as “America’s Sweetheart” after appearing on American Idol for eight consecutive seasons. After leaving the show in 2009, Paula worked as an executive producer on CBS’s Live To Dance, then on The X Factor and as a recurring guest star on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.

Paula may be seen as a Judge on Season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in the United States, and she recently pleased millions with a special appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden re-creating her Opposites Attract music video. Paula returned to the stage for the first time in almost 20 years in 2016 to perform her hit songs at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA for the 2016 Mixtape Festival.

In 2017, Paula Abdul embarked on a tour with New Kids on the Block and Boys II Men called “The Total Package,” which kicked off on May 12th in Columbus. Paula will perform her hit songs in over 40 cities across the country by the end of this tour.


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