Irene Cara, an American singer and actress best known for the title songs of the movies “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has died, her publicist said Saturday.
Publicist Judith A. Moose wrote on the performer’s Twitter account, “I can’t believe I had to write this, let alone tell the news.”
Irene Cara’s Cause of Death
Her publicist said in a statement that Cara died at her home in Florida, but the cause of death is still unknown. “She had a beautiful soul, and her music and movies will keep her memory alive for all time,” she said.
We’ll update her cause of death once we get an update from the officials.
Irene Cara’s Journey in The Entertainment Industry!
Irene Cara was born in New York City, and she started her career when she was a child. She did shows on Spanish-language TV. She played in the Short Circus, the show’s band, with Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, and Morgan Freeman from 1971 to 1972 on the PBS kids’ show “The Electric Company.”
In the 1976 musical “Sparkle,” she played Sparkle Williams when she was a teen. Even though the movie about a popular girl group in 1950s Harlem didn’t do well at the box office, it became a cult favorite among Black audiences and led to a remake in 2012 with Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston.
Cara’s big break came when she played Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical “Fame.” The movie was about students trying out for New York’s public high school of performing arts, which is now called Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts. Cara also sang the title song, which was nominated for a Grammy.
A few years later, she co-wrote and performed the song “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” which won an Oscar for best original song and two Grammys for best female pop vocal performance and best original score for a motion picture.
Cara lived in Largo, Florida, according to public records, but officials there did not say anything right away about how she died.
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 pic.twitter.com/TsC5BwZ3fh
— Irene Cara (@Irene_Cara) November 26, 2022