Irene Cara was born on March 18, 1959, she was an American singer and actress. She recorded the film’s title song “Fame”, which reached number 1 in several countries. New York City, U.S. Largo, Florida, U.S. Irene Cara rose to prominence in 1980 for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical film Fame.
Cara released three studio albums: Anyone Can See in 1982, What a Feelin’ in 1983, and Charismatic in 1987, the most successful of these being What a Feelin’. In 1985, she collaborated with the Hispanic charity supergroup Hermanos on the song “Cantaré, cantarás”, in which she sang a solo segment with the Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo.
Childhood & Early Life
Cara was born in New York City and was the youngest of five children. Her father’s name was Gaspar Cara a factory worker and retired saxophonist, Puerto Rican, and her mother’s name was Louise Escalera, a movie theatre usher, Cuban. Irene had two sisters and two brothers. Cara was one of five finalists for the “Little Miss America” pageant at the age of 3. Cara’s performing career started with her singing and dancing professionally on Spanish-language television. Irena Cara made early TV appearances on The Original Amateurarson’s The Tonight Show. Cara also joined the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. She performed in the concert and sang the tribute song to Duke Ellington, featured by Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr.
In the 1970s, she was the original Daisy Allen daytime serial Love of Life. She later took on the role of Angela in the romance/thriller Aaron Loves Angela, followed by her portrayal of the title character in Sparkle. Irena Cara proceeds in on- and off-Broadway theatrical shows including the musicals Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Me Nobody Known Maggie Flynn opposite Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, and Via Galactica with Raúl Juliá. In 1976, a readers’ poll in Right On! magazine named her the Top Actress. Television brought Cara international acclaim for serious dramatic roles in two outstanding mini-series, Roots: The Next Generations and Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
Vocal appearances on other albums
- 1986: The Brecker Brothers – Détente (background)
- 1987: Jimmy Maelen – Beats Workin’
- 1992: Stanley Turrentine – Home Again
- 2001: DJ BoBo – Planet Colors
- 2002: DJ BoBo – Celebration
- 1968: Maggie Flynn
- 1970: The Me Nobody Knows
- 1972: Via Galactica
- 1978: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (replaced by Charlayne Woodard during previews)
- 1979: Got Tu Go Disco
- 1980: The Wiz
- 1992: Jesus Christ Superstar
- 1996: What a Feeling!: The Rock & Pop Musicals in Concert
Aaron Loves Angela
Killing 'em Softly
Caged in Paradiso
Beauty and the Beast
The Jungle King
Beyond Awareness to Action: Ending Abuse of Women
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Downtown: A Street Tale
Awards & Nomination
Golden Globe Awards
New Female Single Artist
NAACP Image Awards
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie
American Music Awards British Academy Film Awards
Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Album of the Year Grammy Award for Record of the Year Favorite Pop/Rock Song
BAFTA Award for Best Original Song
Personal Life & Death
In April 1986, she married stuntman and film director Conrad Palmisano in Los Angeles. They separated in 1991.
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
On November 25, 2022, Cara died at her home in Largo, Florida, at the age of 63.
Irene Cara Escalera
March 18, 1959
November 25, 2022 (aged 63)
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