Fame and Flashdance singer Irene Cara dies
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Irene, or Irene Cara, won an Oscar for her hit movie Flashdance
The famous singer Irene (Irene) Kara, who performed the unconditional hit of the 1980s Flashdance … What a Feeling, which she wrote for the film Flashdance, has died in the United States. The dance scenes from the film became hits, and the song won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Irene was 63 years old. EW writes about this.
The death of the singer in social networks was reported by her agent Judith Moose. According to Moose, Cara was found dead in her own home in Florida.
She did not reveal the cause of her death, but said it would be made public when more information became available.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara on behalf of her family. Irene's family has asked for privacy as they grieve. Irene was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films. In the future, a memorial will be created for her fans,” the agent said.
Irene Cara Escalera was born in New York and has been very gifted since childhood. By the age of five, she was picking up tunes on the piano by ear and was taking acting and dancing classes. From 1971 to 1972, she starred in the popular children's educational show The Electric Company, playing Iris, a member of the Short Circus.
Irene rose to prominence after the release of the 1980 school musical Fame, in which she not only played the star Coco Hernandez, but also sang the title song Fame. The song brought her two Grammy nominations – in the categories “Best New Artist” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” – in 1981.
In 1983, Cara voiced the soundtrack to another film: “Dance Flash, starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. The hit Flashdance… What a Feeling climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks.
Dance numbers from the film also gained popularity, Geri Halliwell for the music video for It's Raining Men and Jennifer Lopez for the I' video m Glad used the choreography from the original video.
Cara continued to perform for the rest of her life, playing both screen and stage roles in the 1980s and 90s. She has also released four studio albums: 1982's Any Can See, 1983's What a Feelin', 1987's Carasmatic and 2011's Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel.