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.