‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer Irene Cara has died at 63 : NPR

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Coco Hernandez (Irene Cara) performs at a graduation ceremony in a scene from Famedirected by Alan Parker, 1980.

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Coco Hernandez (Irene Cara) performs at a graduation ceremony in a scene from Famedirected by Alan Parker, 1980.

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Irene Cara, the singer-actress best known for starring in and performing the title songs of the 1980s movies Fame and flash dance, has passed away. She was 63.

Cara died at her Florida home, said her publicist, Judith Moose, who announced the news Saturday on Cara’s social media account. She said the cause of death was “currently unknown.”

“Irene’s family has asked for privacy as they process their grief.” Moose wrote. “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and movies.”

Cara was born into a Puerto Rican and Cuban working-class family in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. As a child actor, she had regular roles in the 1970s children’s show, among others The Electricity Company.

But that was it Fame, the 1980 film about a group of talented young New York hopefuls trying to launch their careers in the cutthroat performing arts world, which propelled Cara to stardom. She sang on the title track which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Fame co-star Laura Dean Koch remembered Cara as “a dynamo who could sing, dance and act, the definition of a triple threat. Irene was a role model and someone I hoped to be like.”

Three years later, Cara picked up the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Flashdance…What a Feeling” along with the songwriting team of flash dance (1983) – music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Cara – for which she sang the jubilant title song. She also won two Grammys for her work on flash dance.

Cara influenced a future generation of artists. Broadway conductor and radio host Seth Rudetsky says watching Cara on screen as a child helped shape his career aspirations.

“Irene Cara represented making art within art and gave us so much excitement, hope and enthusiasm to pursue art,” he said.

In a follow-up statement on TwitterMoose said she and Cara had been working on “amazing projects that would have made her and her fans incredibly happy”.

“Her manager and I will finish them,” she said. “She would like that.”


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