Paula Julie Abdul

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Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer, choreographer, songwriter, dancer, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18.Paula attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At California State University at Northridge,

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Paula and school in 1960.
Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo,Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States.[6] Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. (née Rykiss), grew up in one of the two Jewish families inMinnedosa, Manitoba in Canada, and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Russia and Ukraine,[7] and Abdul derives Canadian citizenship through her. She has a sister named Wendy, who is seven years her senior. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School.

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Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University at Northridge. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer.
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Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the //Billboard// Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.[4] She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.
She went on to star on CBS' short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of //The X Factor// along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show.[5] She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season.