Actress and singer Irene Cara, an Oscar and Grammy winner finest identified for the theme songs of “Fame” and “Flashdance” within the early ’80s, has died, her publicist mentioned. She was 63.
“Please share your ideas and reminiscences of Irene,” Judith Moose mentioned in a tweet asserting the singer’s dying. “I’ll be studying each one in all them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her followers.
“She was a superbly gifted soul whose legacy will stay without end by way of her music and movies.”
Cara died in her Florida dwelling. The reason for dying is unknown, based on Moose’s assertion.
As a youth, Cara appeared on TV’s “Electrical Firm” earlier than performing as a teen within the motion pictures “Aaron Loves Angela” and “Sparkle.”
Her breakthrough got here as Coco Hernandez within the 1980 musical “Fame,” about New York’s Excessive College for the Performing Arts. She had a success file with that film’s title track, and one other with the ballad “Out Right here on My Personal.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe and two Grammys that yr.
Three years later, Cara co-wrote the lyrics for “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” one other radio smash for which she obtained an Oscar for Greatest Authentic Tune and a Grammy for Greatest Pop Vocal Efficiency, Feminine.
She had a number of different hits, together with “Why Me” and “Breakdance.” She additionally acted in motion pictures reminiscent of “Metropolis Warmth” with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, “D.C. Cab” with Mr. T and “Sure Fury” with Tatum O’Neal.