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Paula Abdul

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KNOWN FOR 
American Idol (2002-2016) | Brüno (2009) | The X Factor (2011)
AWARDS 
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations More »
BORN 
Jun 19, 1962 (age 55)
HEIGHT 
5' 0" (1.52m)

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Past Film & Video (44 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Past Television (63 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Beat ShazamBeat Shazam (TV Series) Performer ("Cold Hearted") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
    • Episode #1.2 (Jun 1, 2017) Performer ("Cold Hearted")  Less
  • Primary photo for Untitled Kourtney Kang ProjectUntitled Kourtney Kang Project (TV Movie) Paula Abdul  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for Go for ItGo for It (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2016)  Less 2016 1
    • Christmas Special (Dec 10, 2016) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Who's Doing the Dishes?Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (2 episodes, 2016)  Less 2016 2
    • Jodie Prenger (Oct 12, 2016) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
    • Rustie Lee (Oct 11, 2016) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series) Performer ("Forever Your Girl") (1 episode, 2016)  Less 2016 1
  • Primary photo for Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving LifeCooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (TV Series) Paula Abdul (1 episode, 2016)  Less 2016 1
  • Primary photo for 20 Moments That Rocked Pop20 Moments That Rocked Pop (TV Movie) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Neighbours 30th: The Stars ReuniteNeighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite (TV Movie) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Strictly Come DancingStrictly Come Dancing (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
    • Week 5 (Oct 25, 2014) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Radio 2: In ConcertRadio 2: In Concert (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
    • Kylie Minogue (May 15, 2014) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less
  • Primary photo for The VoiceThe Voice (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
  • Primary photo for Drag Race: Untucked!Drag Race: Untucked! (TV Series) Performer ("Vibeology") (1 episode, 2014), Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014 1
    • Queens of Talk (Apr 14, 2014) Herself - Guest Judge, Performer ("Vibeology")  Less
  • Primary photo for RuPaul's Drag RaceRuPaul's Drag Race (TV Series) Performer ("Vibeology") (1 episode, 2014), Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014), Performer ("Straight Up") (1 episode, 2011), Performer ("Cold Hearted") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2011–2014 3
    • Queens of Talk (Apr 14, 2014) Herself - Guest Judge, Performer ("Vibeology")  Less
    • Drama Queens (Apr 1, 2013) Performer ("Cold Hearted")  Less
    • Jocks in Frocks (Apr 4, 2011) Performer ("Straight Up")  Less
  • Primary photo for Rude TubeRude Tube (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
    • Kick-Ass Animals (Sep 15, 2013) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Celebrity Splash! AustraliaCelebrity Splash! Australia (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
    • Heat 2 (Apr 30, 2013) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars (TV Series) Performer ("Dream Medley") (1 episode, 2012), Herself - Musical guest (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
    • Semi-Final Results (Nov 20, 2012) Herself - Musical guest, Performer ("Dream Medley")  Less
  • Primary photo for I Will SurviveI Will Survive (TV Series) Actress (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
  • Primary photo for RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsRuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (TV Series) Performer ("Opposites Attract") (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012 1
    • It Takes Two (Oct 22, 2012) Performer ("Opposites Attract")  Less
  • Primary photo for Live to DanceLive to Dance (TV Series) Writer ("Live To Dance" main theme) (7 episodes, 2011), Performer ("Live To Dance" main theme) (7 episodes, 2011), Herself - Mentor & Lead Judge (7 episodes, 2011)  Less 2011 7
    • Finale (Feb 9, 2011) Herself - Mentor & Lead Judge, Performer ("Live To Dance" main theme), Writer ("Live To Dance" main theme)  Less
    • Final Round (Feb 2, 2011) Herself - Mentor & Lead Judge, Performer ("Live To Dance" main theme), Writer ("Live To Dance" main theme)  Less
    • Semifinal Round 3 (Jan 26, 2011) Herself - Mentor & Lead Judge, Performer ("Live To Dance" main theme), Writer ("Live To Dance" main theme)  Less
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  • Primary photo for Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
    • Episode #10.5 (Jul 25, 2010) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for EastEndersEastEnders (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (7 episodes, 2001–2010)  Less 2001–2010 7
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  • Primary photo for 20 to 120 to 1 (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Herself - Judge (1 episode, 2009), Choreographer ("Shake Your Body") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
  • Primary photo for Drop Dead DivaDrop Dead Diva (TV Series) Judge Paula (2 episodes, 2009)  Less 2009 2
  • Primary photo for Friday Night with Jonathan RossFriday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
    • Episode #17.7 (Oct 16, 2009) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less
  • Primary photo for TodayToday (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
  • Primary photo for Video on TrialVideo on Trial (TV Series) Performer ("Dance Like There's No Tomorrow") (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008 1
    • Episode #3.20 (May 4, 2008) Performer ("Dance Like There's No Tomorrow")  Less
  • Primary photo for Family GuyFamily Guy (TV Series) Paula Abdul (3 episodes, 2005–2007)  Less 2005–2007 3
  • Primary photo for The X FactorThe X Factor (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (3 episodes, 2005–2007)  Less 2005–2007 3
    • Bootcamp 1 (Sep 29, 2007) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
    • Auditions 5 (Sep 15, 2007) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
    • Auditions 3 (Sep 3, 2005) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Friday Night ProjectThe Friday Night Project (TV Series) Thanks (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007 1
  • Primary photo for Hey PaulaHey Paula (TV Series) Herself (7 episodes, 2007), Executive Producer (7 episodes, 2007), Writer ("Karma") (4 episodes, 2007), Performer ("Karma") (4 episodes, 2007)  Less 2007 7
    • Good Karma (Jul 26, 2007) Herself, Executive Producer, Performer ("Karma") (uncredited), Writer ("Karma") (uncredited)  Less
    • Shut Up and Dance (Jul 26, 2007) Herself, Executive Producer, Performer ("Karma") (uncredited), Writer ("Karma") (uncredited)  Less
    • Snowed In (Jul 19, 2007) Herself, Executive Producer, Performer ("Karma") (uncredited), Writer ("Karma") (uncredited)  Less
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  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Performer ("Cold Hearted") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
    • Top 4 (Sep 28, 2005) Performer ("Cold Hearted")  Less
  • Primary photo for Girls and Boys: Sex and British PopGirls and Boys: Sex and British Pop (TV Mini-series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
    • Wannabe: The 1990s (Nov 13, 2005) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for MADtvMADtv (TV Series) Special Thanks (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for IdolIdol (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
    • Episode #4.10 (May 14, 2005) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less
  • Primary photo for Less Than PerfectLess Than Perfect (TV Series) Kathleen (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for I Love the '90s: Part DeuxI Love the '90s: Part Deux (TV Series) Performer ("Opposites Attract") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
    • 1990 (Jan 17, 2005) Performer ("Opposites Attract")  Less
  • Primary photo for That's So RavenThat's So Raven (TV Series) The Host (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
  • Primary photo for The Bernie Mac ShowThe Bernie Mac Show (TV Series) Paula Abdul (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004 1
  • Primary photo for The OfficeThe Office (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001 1
    • New Girl (Aug 13, 2001) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Waiting GameThe Waiting Game (TV Movie) Amy Fuentes  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for The Frank Skinner ShowThe Frank Skinner Show (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2000)  Less 2000 1
    • Episode #4.11 (Dec 26, 2000) Writer ("Spinning Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Royal Variety Performance 2000The Royal Variety Performance 2000 (TV Movie) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Top of the PopsTop of the Pops (TV Series) Writer ("My Love Is For Real") (1 episode, 1995), Herself (1 episode, 1995), Performer ("My Love Is For Real") (1 episode, 1995), Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2000)  Less 1995–2000 2
    • Episode dated 7 July 2000 (Jul 7, 2000) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less
    • Episode dated 15 June 1995 (Jun 15, 1995) Herself, Performer ("My Love Is For Real"), Writer ("My Love Is For Real")  Less
  • Primary photo for CD:UKCD:UK (TV Series) Writer ("Spinning Around") (1 episode, 2000)  Less 2000 1
    • Episode #1.92 (Jun 24, 2000) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less
  • Primary photo for International Indian Film AwardsInternational Indian Film Awards (TV Special) Writer ("Spinning Around")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Sabrina, the Teenage WitchSabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series) Performer ("Opposites Attract") (1 episode, 1999), Herself (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
    • Aging, Not So Gracefully (Nov 12, 1999) Herself, Performer ("Opposites Attract") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed StoryMr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (TV Movie) Denise Walton  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Chicken Soup for the SoulChicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series) Woman (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
  • Primary photo for The Wayans Bros.The Wayans Bros. (TV Series) Sasha (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
  • Primary photo for Spin CitySpin City (TV Series) Paula Abdul (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for Shot Through the HeartShot Through the Heart (TV Movie) Performer ("Alright Tonight")  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Dying to BelongDying to Belong (TV Movie) Performer ("The Promise of a New Day")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Touched by EvilTouched by Evil (TV Movie) Ellen Collier  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Muppets TonightMuppets Tonight (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 1996), Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Lean On Me") (1 episode, 1996)  Less 1996 1
    • Paula Abdul (Nov 2, 1997) Herself, Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Lean On Me")  Less
  • Primary photo for Beavis and Butt-HeadBeavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) Performer ("Crazy Cool") (1 episode, 1996)  Less 1996 1
    • Shopping List (Mar 6, 1996) Performer ("Crazy Cool")  Less
  • Primary photo for Beverly Hills, 90210Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) Performer ("Bend Time Back Around") (1 episode, 1993)  Less 1993 1
    • The Game Is Chicken (Jan 6, 1993) Performer ("Bend Time Back Around") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Only Fools and Horses....Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series) Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Rush Rush") (1 episode, 1991), Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Straight Up") (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990–1991 2
    • Miami Twice: 'Oh to Be in England' (Dec 25, 1991) Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Rush Rush") (uncredited)  Less
    • The Sky's the Limit (Dec 30, 1990) Performer ("Opposites Attract", "Straight Up") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for 1991 MTV Video Music Awards1991 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special) Herself, Performer ("Vibeology")  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for The 62nd Annual Academy AwardsThe 62nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) Herself - Presenter, Choreographer  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for The 17th Annual American Music AwardsThe 17th Annual American Music Awards (TV Special) Herself, Choreographer  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for The Tracey Ullman ShowThe Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series) Choreographer (1 episode, 1989)  Less 1989 1
  • Primary photo for A Smoky Mountain ChristmasA Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Movie) Choreographer (uncredited), Choreographer  Less 1986
Self (213 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (28 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for The NinetiesThe Nineties (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for Entertainment TonightEntertainment Tonight (TV Series) Herself (12 episodes, 2008–2017)  Less 2008–2017
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  • Primary photo for The InsiderThe Insider (TV Series) Herself (3 episodes, 2017)  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for ExtraExtra (TV Series) Herself (3 episodes, 2014–2016)  Less 2014–2016
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Herself / Herself - Judge (2 episodes, 2015–2016)  Less 2015–2016
  • Primary photo for The X FactorThe X Factor (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Talent Show StoryThe Talent Show Story (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012
    • Episode #1.2 (Jan 14, 2012) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Jay Leno ShowThe Jay Leno Show (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009
    • Episode #1.7 (Sep 22, 2009) Herself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for 2009 Game Show Awards2009 Game Show Awards (TV Special) Herself (archive footage)  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for ImagineImagine (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2008)  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for The O'Reilly FactorThe O'Reilly Factor (TV Series) Herself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots") / Herself / Herself - American Idol Judge (4 episodes, 2008)  Less 2008
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  • Primary photo for Video on TrialVideo on Trial (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
    • Brat Pack (Nov 18, 2007) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for 60 Minutes60 Minutes (TV Series) Herself - Judge, American Idol (segment "Simon Cowell") (2 episodes, 2007)  Less 2007
    • Deepwater/The Age of Warming/Simon Cowell (Aug 19, 2007) Herself - Judge, American Idol (segment "Simon Cowell") (archive footage)  Less
    • The Killing in Haditha/Simon Cowell (Mar 18, 2007) Herself - Judge, American Idol (segment "Simon Cowell") (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of AmericaPrince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America (Video) Herself (archive footage)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Rome Is BurningRome Is Burning (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The Xtra FactorThe Xtra Factor (TV Series) Herself (3 episodes, 2006)  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino StoryLife Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie) Herself (archive footage)  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for B InTune TVB InTune TV (TV Series) Guest star (2 episodes, 2005–2006)  Less 2005–2006
    • Episode #1.7 (2006) Guest star (archive footage)  Less
    • Episode #1.4 (Oct 1, 2005) Guest star (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Aunque usted no lo vieraAunque usted no lo viera (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Inside EditionInside Edition (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Fashion Week DiariesFashion Week Diaries (TV Movie) Herself (archive footage)  Less 2005 $25K
  • Primary photo for Video Hits: Paula AbdulVideo Hits: Paula Abdul (Video) Herself (archive footage)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Retrosexual: The 80'sRetrosexual: The 80's (TV Mini-series) Herself  Less 2004– 
  • Primary photo for Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri OteriSaturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri (TV Special) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Celebrities UncensoredCelebrities Uncensored (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 2004)  Less 2004
    • Episode #2.3 (Feb 25, 2004) Herself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for SNL: 25 Years of MusicSNL: 25 Years of Music (TV Movie) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Great PerformancesGreat Performances (TV Series) Herself (1 episode, 1991)  Less 1991
Other (2 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS

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