Irene Cara, title singer of “Fame” and “Flashdance”, dies at the age of 63

Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning singer and actress who rose to pop stardom with the title tracks to Fame and Flashdance, had died at the age of 63. Your publicist Judith A. Moose, announced the news on social mediain which he writes that a cause of death is “currently unknown”.

“Irene’s family has requested privacy while she processes her grief,” Moose wrote. “She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films.”

Cara first rose to prominence playing Coco Hernandez, a student at the High School of Performing Arts now known as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School who has ambitions to become a star. Not only did Cara act in the film, she also recorded the film’s theme song, “Fame.” This track was later nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, as was “Out Here on My Own,” another number from “Fame” sung by Cara. Her success came despite the fact that director Alan Rudolph initially doubted Cara had the musical skills to pull off the number – composer Michael Gore was quick to call him after working with Cara in the studio to let him know she was a had a vocal powerhouse in their hands. Cara, who had appeared on television and on stage since she was a child, shared many similarities with her character, which influenced her performance.

“It’s fair to say that the unbridled ambition of the character Coco in our story closely mirrors that of Irene in real life,” recalls Rudolph.

But Cara would have an even bigger hit with “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” an infectious anthem of empowerment that she sang and co-wrote. The 1983 romantic drama about a dancer who dreams of being a ballerina was a box office hit. Its theme song was equally popular, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She would re-record the song with DJ BoBo for 1997’s “The Full Monty,” which would give it another boost of ubiquity.

Cara’s credits include City Heat opposite Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, Certain Fury opposite Tatum O’Neal, and a national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1990s. She was married to Conrad Palmisano, a stuntman and director, from 1986 until their divorce in 1991. Irene Cara, title singer of “Fame” and “Flashdance”, dies at the age of 63

Charles Jones

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