Irene Cara

Actor, Singer
One of the most recognizable voices of the late 70s and early 80s, Irene Cara contributed two iconic songs to American film history. Raised in the Bronx to Puerto Rican and Cuban parents, Cara had performing in her ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1959 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

100 Greatest Teen Stars 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hit Me Baby One More Time 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disco Ball 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Snow White (Voice)

The Magic Voyage 1992 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Caged in Paradiso 1988 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Busted Up 1987 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Certain Fury 1985 (Movie)

Tracy Freeman (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Goes to College 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Ginny Lee (Actor)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sister, Sister 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Irene 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Coco Hernandez (Actor)

Killing 'em Softly 1980 (Movie)

Janes Flores (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

Sparkle (Actor)

Aaron Loves Angela 1974 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor
Music (17)

The Internship 2013 (Movie)

("Flashdance...What A Feeling") (Song)

The Internship 2013 (Movie)

("Flashdance...What A Feeling") (Song Performer)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

("Flashdance What A Feeling") (Song)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Flashdance...What A Feeling") (Song)

Busted Up 1987 (Movie)

songs("I Can't Help Feeling Empty" "Busted Up") (Song)

Busted Up 1987 (Movie)

("Busted Up") (Song Performer)

Certain Fury 1985 (Movie)

("A Certain Fury") (Song Performer)

Certain Fury 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

Going Bananas 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

("City Heat") (Song)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song Performer)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

("The Dream") (Song Performer)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

("Flashdance...What a Feeling") (Song Performer)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

melody arranger("Hot Lunch Jam") (Music Arranger)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

("Fame" "Out Here on My Own" "I Sing the Body Electric" "Hot Lunch Jam") (Song Performer)

Biography

One of the most recognizable voices of the late 70s and early 80s, Irene Cara contributed two iconic songs to American film history. Raised in the Bronx to Puerto Rican and Cuban parents, Cara had performing in her blood from a very young age, making it to the Little Miss America semi-finals at the age of three. She began playing piano as a child and became a regular on the PBS educational series "The Electric Company." In 1980, she auditioned to be a backup dancer in the film "Fame," but the producers were so taken with her talent that they wrote the role of Coco Hernandez for her and had her sing the title theme, which became a smash hit. Cara turned down the opportunity to star in the "Fame" spin-off TV series, and NBC offered her her own show, "Irene," which was not picked up for a full season. Undeterred, Cara continued to pursue both acting and music. In 1983, her title theme for the film "Flashdance" became a worldwide hit, winning Cara an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe all in one year. She continued to act in movies and TV shows throughout the 90s, and now lives in Florida, recording music and playing shows with her band Hot Caramel.

Relationships

Gaspar Cara

Father
born in Puerto Rico died in 1994

Louise Cara

Mother

Conrad Palmisano

Husband
married on April 13, 1986 in Palos Verdes, California divorced in 1991

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