Irene Cara, an 80s pop icon who wrote the themes for “Fame” and “Flashdance,” passes away at age 63
Irene Cara, an Oscar and Grammy winner best remembered for writing the early 1980s theme songs for “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has passed away, according to her publicist. She was 63.
In a tweet announcing Irene’s passing, Judith Moose asked for “your thoughts and memories of Irene.” I know she’ll be grinning from Heaven as I read each and every one of them. She loved her followers.
Irene Cara was a stunningly talented person whose films and songs will live on forever.
Irene Cara on Twitter: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news. Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans. – JM https://t.co/TsC5BwZ3fh” / Twitter
Irene Cara passed away at home in Florida. Moose stated that there is no known cause of death.
Before to playing an adolescent in the films “Aaron Loves Angela” and “Sparkle,” Cara made an appearance on the TV show “Electric Company” when she was younger.
Her big break came in the 1980 musical “Fame,” which was about the High School for Performing Arts in New York. She played Coco Hernandez. The title track from the film and the ballad “Out Here on My Own” were also hits for her. She received nominations for two Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe that year.
Three years later, “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” another radio hit for which Cara co-wrote the lyrics, was released. For this song, she won an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
She has had several other successful songs, such as “Why Me” and “Breakdance.”Additionally, she appeared in films like “City Heat” with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, “D.C. Cab” with Mr. T, and “Certain Fury” with Tatum O’Neal.
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