Paula Abdul, Still Talking about Gene Kelly

In this issue of Los Angeles Magazine (Sept. 2011), Paula Abdul recounts her experiences living and working in L.A. Thankfully, she’s still bringing Gene Kelly into the conversation:

My first memory of being affected by a performance was seeing Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain. I was four. We lived in these condominiums in North Hollywood—just off of Coldwater, right across from the Victory Drive-In. I would gather up the kids in the courtyard of our building and was directing and choreographing musicals before I even knew how to say the words. […]

I told my record company I wanted to do a video homage to Gene Kelly with the song “Opposites Attract” . We dedicated it to him, and he reached out to me. We got to know each other toward the end of his life. I’d just done a successful Diet Coke campaign with Elton John, and they asked me to do a tribute to dance. They took Frank Sinatra out of a scene, and I got to dance next to an image of Gene. And he rehearsed me for it at his house. He was like a drill sergeant. It was thrilling.

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