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June 19, 2024

Some Candid Photographs of Paula Abdul in the 1990s

Paula Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and television personality who first gained fame in the 1980s, known for such dance-pop hits as “Forever Your Girl” and “Opposites Attract.” Abdul later served as a judge on a number of TV competition shows, and in the 2000s she helped make American Idol a huge success.

In the late 1980s Abdul began recording dance music. Her first album, Forever Your Girl (1988), produced four number one singles, including “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” and “Cold Hearted.” She won a 1990 Grammy Award for her music video for the song “Opposites Attract.” In 1991 she released Spellbound, which featured two more number one singles: “Rush Rush” and “The Promise of a New Day.” Head over Heels (1995), however, failed to match the success of her earlier albums.

Abdul subsequently shifted her focus to acting. By this time she had appeared in a number of films and TV shows, typically as a dancer in small or uncredited parts. In 1997, however, she undertook a dramatic role, portraying a survivor of sexual assault in the TV movie Touched by Evil. The thriller received mixed reviews, and Abdul’s later acting credits were largely guest parts on TV series, including in Spin City and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

In honor of the star’s 62nd birthday on June 19, we collected some of amazing photographs of Paula Abdul in the heyday of her career in the 1990s:

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