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      Paula Abdul

      Paula Abdul

      Highest Rated: 67% Brüno (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Brüno (2009)

      Birthday: Jun 19, 1962

      Birthplace: San Fernando, California, USA

      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, 2002-16). 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.

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      Paula Abdul at arrivals for 2015 American Music Awards - Arrivals 1, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA November 22, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival and Daytime Stage - FRI 2, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV September 21, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for WE Day California, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA April 19, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for Unstoppable Foundation Gala, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA March 25, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for Unstoppable Foundation Gala, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA March 25, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for 2015 American Music Awards - Arrivals 1, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA November 22, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for 2015 TV LAND AWARDS, The Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA April 11, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA October 28, 2014. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection Paula Abdul at arrivals for amfAR Inspiration Gala, Milk Studio, Los Angeles, CA December 12, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Paula Abdul (L), Dylan McDermott (R), 09/17/1989, ©CBS American Idol, Ryan Seacrest (L), Paula Abdul (R), 'Results Show', Season 12, Ep. #29, 04/18/2013, ©FOX Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, Paula Abdul, 11/27/2014, ©FOX Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, Paula Abdul, 11/27/2014, ©FOX Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, Paula Abdul, 11/27/2014, ©FOX Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, Paula Abdul, 11/27/2014, ©FOX Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, Paula Abdul (L), Kelly Osbourne (C), Kelly Osbourne (R), 11/27/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Season 7, 1/15/2008, ©FOX American Idol, Paula Abdul (L), Simon Cowell (R), American Idol: The Search For A Superstar, 6/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Randy Jackson (L), Paula Abdul (R), 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Paula Abdul, Season 7, 1/15/2008, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 43% A Sister's Secret Detective Tucker (Character) - 2018
      67% 41% Brüno Self $60.0M 2009
      No Score Yet 37% Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Self - 2004
      No Score Yet 25% The Waiting Game Amy Fuentes (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by Evil Ellen Collier (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special Unknown (Character) - 1992

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      2012 2023
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2015-2019 2021-2022
      68% 95% Janet Jackson. Self 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greatest #AtHome Videos Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Can See Your Voice Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superstar Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Celebrity Renovation Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 13% The Masked Dancer Judge 2020-2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016 2019 2021
      No Score Yet 90% Impractical Jokers Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
      82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012 2014 2016 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015 2018
      94% 80% Fresh Off the Boat Holly (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 64% So You Think You Can Dance Guest,
      Judge
      2013 2015-2016
      50% 57% Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 74% The X Factor Judge 2011
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011
      78% 60% Drop Dead Diva Paula Abdul (Guest Star) 2009-2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live to Dance Executive Producer,
      Judge
      2011
      68% No Score Yet American Idol Judge 2003-2009
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Herself (Guest Voice) 2005 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All of Us Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Less Than Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 66% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wayans Bros. Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      60% No Score Yet Muppets Tonight Guest 1997
      75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996