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Neighbors reveal sad final days of ‘Fame’ star-turned-‘recluse’ Irene Cara

“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...
LARGO, FL
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Austin Weekly News

Irene Cara: ‘Black Girl Magic’ before the phrase was coined

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.
TENNESSEE STATE
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Seattle Times

Irene Cara saved my life

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...
DETROIT, MI
Village Voice

Interesting Facts about Irene Cara, legendary singer, dancer and actress

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?
CALIFORNIA STATE
Las Vegas Sun

Irene Cara and ‘Fame’ were so much more than a fad

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...
DETROIT, MI
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Irene Cara reached musical stardom but was blacklisted for speaking up

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.
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Remembering Irene Cara: 1959 – 2022

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.”
FLORIDA STATE

Unexpected: Outstanding 80s Star Irene Cara, Dead at 63

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.
LARGO, FL