Happy 50th Birthday, Paula Abdul!

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Paula Abdul is yet to figure out her next professional move.

But the former American Idol judge and X Factor panelist is headed into a different decade personally: she turns 50 years old today!

Paula Abdul Photograph

A startling fact for those of us who grew up on "Opposites Attract" and now feel ancient ourselves, the singer/dancer has made a career out of being zany for the past few years.

But the act finally wore thin after just one season on The X Factor, when good friend/producer/constant flirt Simon Cowell was forced to let Paula go. We hope she lands somewhere successful. What do you think Abdul should do next?

Send your best birthday wishes to Abdul now and also to the following celebrities: Zoe Saldana (34), Salman Rushdie (65) and Blaise Pascal (posthumous).

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Paula Abdul Biography

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Paula Abdul is a former pop star who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s with hits such as "Opposites Attract," "Forever Your Girl" and... More »
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Paula Abdul Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

The producers come up to us in the dark and said, 'We are not going to have you guys judge after each performer, we are going to have all the performers go once, then twice and at the end critique them.'

Paula Abdul [on her mistake of judging an American Idol performance that hadn't taken place]