“Fame” star Irene Cara may have sung about wanting people to remember her name — but she turned her back on fame during her last days. Cara’s neighbors in Largo, Fla. — where the hit ’80s singer-songwriter-actress died Oct. 25 at age 63 — said lived like a hermit in recent years and guarded her privacy obsessively. “She was a recluse. She didn’t talk to anyone,” Roseann Nolan, who lived across the street from Cara, told The Post. “I didn’t even know it was her living there until a few years ago. It was the best-kept secret ever.” Maria Contreras, 59, who lived next door to...
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Her performance hit us like a meteorite. It was a rich portrayal of a Black girl we had never seen on screen. Girls of my generation remember Irene Cara from the movie, Sparkle. My friends and I were enchanted by her innocence and beauty, as well as the grit, tenacity, and magnetism she displayed in that “come-up” performance—so much so that that one of my friends named her daughter Sparkle. Sparkle was pretty, with complex dimensions, so we saw ourselves in her. But we were even more captivated by Cara’s spirited rendering of Bertha Palmer—who married Simon Haley—and became the mother of author, Alex Haley. In Roots, his best-selling masterpiece, Alex Haley told the epic, groundbreaking story of tracing his genealogy back to his African ancestral village. This was astounding, because most Black people had no idea from which African country and village our families descended. All that history seemed irretrievably lost.
Irene Cara, ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance... What a Feeling’ Singer, Dead at 63: ‘A Beautifully Gifted Soul’
Irene Cara, the singer best known for performing the title tracks to the classic 1980s films Fame and Flashdance, has died. She was 63. Cara’s publicist, Judith A. Moose, confirmed the news of her death in a statement shared on the singer’s Twitter account early Saturday morning. “It...
If you were an 80s child, then it is most likely that your day would not be complete without hearing hit songs like Fame and Flashdance…What a Feeling. It should come as no surprise that people in the 1980s jammed to this song nonstop because the latter song spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Behind this song’s popularity was a legend, an icon—Irene Cara. Today, not a lot of people are aware that Cara was behind several successful hit songs and iconic films. So what other facts are there about Irene Cara’s life and the legacy that she left behind?
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I’m far from a vinyl expert, but I do have a collection that’s mostly for nostalgia. One album that’s far more is the soundtrack to the movie “Fame,” a high school graduation gift from my best friend, Kyle. We were theater kids in school, performing...
Oscar Award-winning singer, dancer, and actress Irene Cara died at age 63 on November 25. She’s best known for her songs “Fame” and “Flashdance.” Her career included a stint on “The Electric Company,” and starring roles in the cult classic “Sparkle” and “Fame.” She was destined to be the next big star, until a $10 million lawsuit over music royalties appeared to bring her career to a screeching halt. Writer Keith Murphy wrote about Cara’s career for ESPN’s Andscape.
Irene Cara, the singer and actress known for co-writing Flashdance’s title track and for starring in the 1980 film, Fame has died. She was 63. Cara’s publicist, Judith A. Moose, confirmed her passing in a public statement, writing, “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.”
Irene Cara, Oscar-winning singer and actress who sang the feel-good theme songs to Fame and Flashdance – obituary
Irene Cara, the singer and actress, who has died of unknown causes aged 63, burst on to the scene as rising star Coco Hernandez in Alan Parker’s 1980 hit movie Fame, topping the charts with the title track, which won Michael Gore a best original song Oscar. Three years...
In 1967, a young Irene Cara appeared on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour,” where she sang a song titled “Ola! Ola! Ola!” Ola is the Spanish word for wave, she explained to the affable host, who asked whether that was what the song was about.
I was heartbroken when I learned that Irene Cara, who starred in the 1980 movie “Fame,” died over the weekend at age 63. I found out when a video on TikTok popped up in my feed sharing the news while her most well-known song, “Out Here On My Own,” played in the background.
Her voice was the voice of the 1980s: ragged, with a raw touch of intensity, of desperation, but also, soaring and victorious. Triumphant. This was the voice of someone who swore they would make it. And did. But the world makes you make it again and again, requires you to prove yourself endlessly until the end.
Irene Cara burst onto the scene in the musical "Fame" as Coco Hernandez in 1980. And three years later, Cara wrote and performed the title track for "Flash Dance."
RIP Irene Carey - Her Legacy. During her career, Cara had three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 — “Fame,” “Flashdance…What a Feeling” and “Breakdance.” “Flashdance … What A Feeling” spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1. The exuberant track also led Dance Club Songs for three weeks and hit No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 4 on Adult Contemporary. She was behind some of the most joyful, high-energy pop anthems of the early ’80s.