Irene Cara, ’80s pop star behind ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ theme songs, dies at 63


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 stated. She was 63.

“Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene,” Judith Moose stated in a tweet asserting the singer’s demise. “I’ll be studying every one among them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her followers.

“She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

Cara died in her Florida dwelling. The reason for demise is unknown, in keeping with Moose’s assertion.

As a youth, Cara appeared on TV’s “Electric Company” 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 successful report with that film’s title track, and one other with the ballad “Out Here on My Own.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe and two Grammys that 12 months.

Three years later, Cara co-wrote the lyrics for “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” one other radio smash for which she acquired an Oscar for Greatest Authentic Music 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 “City Heat” with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, “D.C. Cab” with Mr. T and “Certain Fury” with Tatum O’Neal.