Paula Julie Abdul was born on June 19, 1962 in San Fernando, California to Harry and Lorraine Abdul. Her parents seperated in 1969. In 1981 Paula enrolled in Cal State Northridge. It was during this time she began a fifteen year struggle with bulemia.
In 1987 Paula wisely uses over $30,000 in savings to record a demo tape. In 1988 "Knocked Out" reached 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Paula's debut album Forever Your Girl is released on June 21, just two days after Paula's birthday. "The Way That You Love Me" is released in November of 1988. Paula continues her fight with bulimia and joins Over Eaters Anonymous.
Paula has her first number one single when "Straight Up" tops the charts in February of 1989. "Forever Your Girl" becomes Paula's second #1 single in May. In September "Cold Hearted" gives Paula her third #1 hit in only 8 months. In October of 1989 Forever Your Girl reaches the number one spot on Billboard's album charts, and spends over a year in the top 10. "The Way That You Love Me" peaks at number 3 in December of 1989.
In February of 1990 "Opposites Attract" becomes Paula's 4th number one single. Paula Abdul is the first woman to have 4 number one singles from her debut album. In Spring of 1990 Paula breaks the 28-year-old record held by Connie Francis when she spends her 68th consecutive week in the US Top 40. Paula also choreographed the Academy Awards in 1990. She has also done choreography for Janet Jackson, ZZ Top, Debbie Gibson, and many more artists. Shut Up and Dance, a collection of remixes is also released on May 8, 1990.
In 1991 Paula wins the award for "Best Music Video- Short Form" for "Opposites Attract".
In May of 1991, "Rush Rush", the first single from her second album Spellbound, is released. Less than one month later on June 8th, Spellbound hits #1 on Billboard's album charts and stays on top for two weeks. Just a week and a half after that, "Rush Rush" takes over the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. "Rush Rush" becomes the longest running single since Madonna's "Like a Virgin" by staying at number one for 5 weeks. "The Promise of a New Day", the second single from Spellbound also hits #1 in September of 1991. In November, "Blowing Kisses in the Wind" peaks at number 6 on the Hot 100.
"Vibeology" only reached number 16, where it stayed for 3 weeks, in February of 1992. The next month Paula gets engaged to Emilio Estevez and marries him in April. She would divorce him only two years later in May of 1994. Also in April 1992, the 5th single from Spellbound, "Will You Marry Me?" is released.
In August of 1993, Forever Your Girl backup vocalist Yvette Marine loses her lawsuit in which she claimed to have actually sung lead vocals on several tracks of the album.
In May of 1995, "My Love Is For Real" enters the Hot 100 at number 36. Head Over Heels is released on June 13,1995. Unfortunately, it would only reach #18 on Billboard's Album charts. Two more singles were released from Head Over Heels, "Crazy Cool" and "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up", neither of them do well on the charts though.
On October 25, 1996 Paula gets married to Brad Beckerman. The wedding is included in Lifetime's Celebrity Weddings special, and also in In Style magazine. Paula met Brad on a blind date set up by friends in February of 1996.
January 12, 1997 marks Paula's dramatic acting debut when the ABC Sunday Night Movie "Touched By Evil" airs. Paula has also made appearances on CBS's "Cybill" and NBC's "The Single Guy".