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80 years of Vintage Celebrity Ads • • •

It takes more than talent to have a long career in Hollywood, and our beloved stars of past and present have turned to many a lucrative endorsement deal to pump up their incomes and their images. Selling everything from fur coats to furniture to face cream, many of these ads have shaped our popular culture and influenced trends for decades. 

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Pre-crazy Paula Abdul circa 1991

Children of the 90s all know and *love* her as the kooky judge on American Idol. But before her days if critiquing wannabe starlets, Paula Abdul spent her time as a Laker Girl and go-to-choreographer to the stars. Her peppy persona catapulted her into her own 'Straight Up' pop stardom, even though it was short-lived. As this 1991 L.A. Gear ad illustrates, Paula knew that bouncing along in her hi-top tennies and awesomely tapered 80s jeanswear would help build a bankroll she could live off of until the AI payoff almost 20 years later. Crazy? Crazy all the way to the bank!