Winner of an Oscar in 1984, the actress of Puerto Rican descent was found dead in her Florida home
Singer, dancer and actress Irene Cara, known for her participation in ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ and songs such as ‘What a Feeling’, died on Saturday at the age of 63, her agent Judith A. Moose confirmed. Winner of an Oscar and a Grammy for Best Original Song for the catchy theme of the movie “Flashdance,” Cara died at her Florida home for reasons that have not been disclosed and “which will be announced when information becomes available.” his agent.
The composer and producer, of Puerto Rican descent, was also born in New York on March 18, 1959. With a precocious talent, she was already a finalist in the ‘Little Miss America’ pageant at the age of three. Trained in music, dance and interpretation, she had already released an album of songs in Spanish at the age of eight. His first stage and television appearances date back to the 1970s and include appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson shows.
In the cinema, he debuted in adolescence. The musical tape ‘Sparkle’ was his first major title, surpassed in popularity by the ‘Raíces’ series. But he achieved success with the main themes of the films “Fame”, directed by Alan Parker and in which Cara played the character of Coco, and “Flashdance”, starring Jennifer Beals. The songs ‘Fame’ and ‘Out Here on My Own’ were two 1980s musical anthems for which Cara was recognized with a Grammy.
With ‘Flashdance’ the success, to which the unforgettable dances of Jennifer Beals also contributed, was even greater. He wrote the lyrics to ‘What a Feeling’ in a car alongside producer Keith Forsey on the way to the studio where it was to be recorded. Nominated for four Oscars, it won Best Original Song, as well as a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award.
She continued her career as an actress and singer in films such as ‘DC Cab’ and ‘Very Hot City’, starring Clint Eastwood, without ever leaving television, theater and musicals. None of his projects surpassed his two biggest hits. He founded the music group Hot Caramel in 1991 and toured Europe with little impact.
“Her legacy will live on forever through her music and movies,” said her agent, asking for “privacy” on behalf of Cara’s family as she grieved. “She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and movies,” her agent said.
Source: La Verdad