Iconic American singer and actress Irene Cara has passed away at the age of 63. This is tragic news for the music and entertainment industry. Cara, who died unexpectedly early on November 26, will be remembered best known for contributing her voice to the classic soundtracks of the films Fame and Flashdance, in which she also starred.
Judith A. Moose, her publicist, shared the news on social media and stated that the cause of death is “currently unknown.”
Moose wrote, “Irene was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films,” adding that “her family has requested privacy as they process their grief.”
The accomplishment of Irene Cara
- Cara began her career as a child actress, appearing on the TV show “The Electric Company.”
- She went on to star in the films “Sparkle” and “Fame.”
- She won an Oscar for Best Original Song from “Flashdance What a Feeling,” released in 1983.
- In 1980, “Fame“ won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
- Cara has also won a Golden Globe for her work in the film “Fame.”
Life of Irene Cara
Irene has appeared in several films and television shows, including “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” and “The Soul Man.” She has also released several albums, including her latest, “I`ll Be There.”
Born in the Bronx, New York City, In 1959, Cara made her acting debut in Spanish-language television. She was the daughter of a Cuban-American mother and a Puerto Rican father. She later had appearances on Broadway and off-Broadway before making her big break in the 1980 smash film Fame. Cara sang the movie’s theme song and starred as Coco Hernandez. She was nominated Best Actress for this role at the Golden Globes in 1981.
Cara appeared on the TV show “Electric Company“ when she was younger before playing a teen in the films “Aaron Loves Angela“ and “Sparkle.”
She also had other successful songs, like “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.
Irene resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor and director Jonathan Freeman. The couple has two children.
Cause of death
Her cause of death is now unknown. Moose added that information would be made public soon. The family has requested privacy, and funeral and memorial ceremonies will be scheduled later.
Irene was a cultural icon for 1980s music fans. She inspires many of today’s most prominent singers, including Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
She was an iconic actress whose vocal and on-screen performances helped define a generation of iconic feel-good movie hits. Those who admired Cara and her wonderful body of work continue to carry on her legacy.