19 June 1962, San Fernando, California, USA. After spending much of her childhood in dance schools and troupes, Paula Abdul secured a role in the L.A. Lakers basketball cheerleaders team and at 17 became their choreographer. Spotted by the Jacksons, she was employed to assist them on dance routines for their live dates on the Victory tour. Abduls big break came when she landed a job choreographing a young Janet Jacksons videos for Control. Their immediate success focused attention on Abduls dance talents and she quickly found herself much in demand from a string of other artists (including ZZ Top, Duran Duran and the Pointer Sisters) seeking a high MTV profile. The inevitable move to a singing career brought immediate fame. Stylistically in the mould of her former pupil, Janet Jackson, her third single, Straight Up, went to number 1 in the US in 1988, and was followed by three other chart-topping singles: Forever Your Girl,...
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