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Paula was perhaps the original Valley Girl, growing up as she did in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. A trained dancer of many disciplines she was chosen for the Lakers dance/cheer squad while just a freshman at CSUN (Northridge). Within a year she assumed the reins of choreographer. 266.  Who discovered her as a Lakers girl? The Jacksons Jack Nicholson Dyan Cannon Arsenio Hall One thing the L.A. Lakers were not missing was star power courtside, and not just on their bench. Many Hollywood A-listed attended the games, including Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon, Andy Garcia, Ice Cube, Penny Marshall and Denzel Washington. Among them were the Jacksons, who were no strangers to choreography. They approached Paula to stage their video Torture. Abdul’s debut album, Forever Your Girl, took 64 weeks to reach #1 after first entering the Billboard 200 chart, making it the longest trip to #1. It went on to produce four #1 singles – “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract.” Another former cheerleader had her only #1 hit and accompanying video in 1982 wearing her Las Vegas High School cheerleader uniform.

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