Recently, Paula Abdul made headlines for giving an absolutely amazing performance at the Billboard Music Awards, a medley of her most famous hits including “Straight Up,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted,” “Forever Your Girl,” and “Vibeology.” The star proved that she doesn’t simply “still have it” — she never lost it! What better time to look back at the life and career of this iconic artist? If you only know Paula Abdul from her songs and judging stint on American Idol, here are 10 truths you never knew about Paula Abdul.
She’s one of the best dance choreographers ever
If you ask someone what Paula Abdul is most known for, they’ll probably think it’s a trick question. How can the answer be anything other than “musical performer?” It’s true that her life as a musician brought her global fame. However, many in both Hollywood and the music industry remember her better as an ace choreographer.
Abdul was the choreographer for music videos like her own hit single “Opposites Attract” and Janet Jackson’s “Nasty,” as well as dance scenes in movies like Jerry Maguire and Coming to America. And this is only a fraction of her choreography career!
Her high school yearbook singled her out for her laugh
There are many reasons to love Paula Abdul. And it turns out her high school classmates found a really unexpected one! Many high school yearbooks honor students with various titles. This includes things like “most likely to succeed.”
While that would have been a good one for Paula Abdul, she got a different title instead. She was voted as the girl with the funniest laugh! That story is pretty funny in and of itself. But we like to think it shows that Abdul had contagious enthusiasm even at a very young age.