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12 Famous Celebrities Who Started Their Performing Careers as Cheerleaders

By Andrew Alpin, 16 October 2017


There are many things about the early personal lives of famous celebrities that you may not know. For instance, there are quite a number who made their cheerleading squad in school and starting the road to performing in the limelight as a cheerleader. Here are 12 such celebrities who started out as cheerleaders.

1Paula Abdul


When Paula Abdul was 18, she studied broadcasting in Cal Northridge. She went on to become a Los Angeles Laker girl and within a year was made the head of the choreography. She was soon noticed by Janet Jackson as well as the Jacksons having become popular for her keyboard scene with Tom Hanks in “Big”. Since then Paula has never looked back going on to be a judge on reality shows like American Idol, the X-factor and So You Think You Can Dance. 

paula abdul as Cheerleader

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2Halle Berry


Halle Berry was a cheerleader at her school in Cleveland, Bedford High. She was also a prom queen and the winner of several beauty pageants like Miss Teen All American in 1985 and first runner-up of Miss USA. Her career in acting won her an Oscar in the best actress category for Monsters Ball making her the first African American woman to do so. 

Halle Berry as cheerleader


3Sandra Bullock


Sandra Bullock also started out as a cheerleader in school and soon went on to theater productions in Washington-Lee high school in Virginia. Bullock earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from East Carolina University in 1987 and went o to work as a cocktail waitress till in 1994 she got a major break in the movie “speed” alongside Keanu Reeves. She has won a golden globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and the Oscar for her portrayal of Lee Ann Tuohy in the Blind Side. 

Sandra Bullock as cheerleader

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4Miley Cyrus


As the daughter of singer Billy ray Cyrus, performing has always been in Miley Cyrus’ blood. She was a cheerleader for the Tennessee Premier Soccer team in Franklin. It was the play Mama Mia that inspired her to pursue acting and landed the role of Disney’s Hannah Montana in 2006. The rest is history. 

Miley Cyrus cheerleader

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