A sad notice for Thanksgiving weekend. Her publicist reports that Irene Cara, 63 years old, has passed away. Oscar-winning actress Cara was most well known for The Flashdance Thema “What A Feeling” And for the starring in Fame and singing that film’s unforgettable title song. Her cause of death hasn’t yet been divulged.
Cara was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Flashdance tune “What A Feeling,” The song won the Grammys for being a fun chart topper that captured Jennifer Beals’ underdog story as the welder-turneddancer.
Wrote Cara’s publicist Judith A. Moose on Twitter, “It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer passed away in her Florida home. Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.”
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Cara was a star when she appeared in Alan Parker-directed musical Fame about a group of diverse teens attending New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts. Original Song was nominated for an Oscar and Original Score won by the film. Cara was later a key figure in the 1980s. “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” It won the Oscar for Original Song.
She won the Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female, and Best Album Of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. “What A Feeling.”
Born in New York City, Cara began on Spanish-language television singing and dancing. After making appearances on the television networks, she moved to other stations. “The Original Amateur Hour,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” And “The Tonight Show” Johnny Carson. One of her many Broadway shows was with Johnny Carson. “Ain’t Misbehavin” and the Obie Award-winning musical ‘The Me Nobody Knows.”
Her next step was to be a part “The Electric Company,” a children’s educational show where she participated as a member of the group “The Short Circus,” Music can teach grammar to children.
Post-“Fame” And “Flashdance,” Her appearances on television and in concerts all over the globe were just a few of her many highlights.