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American Paula ABDUL

born Paula Julie ABDUL

American dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and television personality

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on June 19, 1962 in San Fernando, California, United States  (58 years)


Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, who was born into the Syrian-Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. Rykiss, grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba, and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Ukraine. She has a sister named Wendy.

As an avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a show business career by Gene Kelly in the film Singin' in the Rain.

Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz, and tap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School.

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