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Irene Cara

Irene Cara (born Irene Cara Escalera; March 18, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She became famous for her role in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and her recording of the song "Fame" became an international hit. Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling", which also became an international hit."

Cara was born in New York City. Cara's father, Gaspar Cara, was Afro-Puerto Rican, and her mother, Louise, was an American of Cuban descent. Cara has two sisters and two brothers.

At age three, Irene Cara was one of five finalists for the 'Little Miss America' pageant. She began to play the piano "by ear," then studied music, acting, and dance seriously. Her performing career started on Spanish-language television, professionally singing and dancing. She made early TV appearances on the Original Amateur Hour (singing in Spanish) and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. In 1971-1972, she was a regular on PBS's educational program The Electric Company. As a child, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record and an English Christmas album. She also appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington which also featured Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Roberta Flack.


Irene's height is 5'4" (1.63 m).
Irene had a cameo in Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" music video.
Irene had a short career in the world of soap operas. She had a short guest role on "Search for Tomorrow" back in 1970, and then she portrayed the first Daisy Allen on "Love of Life" from 1970-1971.

 

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Flashdance (What a Feeling)

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