Irene Cara, actress and pop star who won an Oscar and a Grammy for Flashdance‘s hit “What A Feeling,” and Created her own memorable screen moments through films such as Sparkle and Fame, who have passed away, according to her rep up. She was 63.
Carla died at her home in Florida on Friday night, according to Judith Moore. News of the death was announced on Twitter. Moore told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday that the cause of death has not been determined.
Cara is an unusual performer, able to achieve success on the pop charts while also shining as an actress. She won an Oscar for her 1980 hit “What a Feeling” and contributed to the seminal 1980 film Fame
sang the title track.
She also starred in Fame, a drama musical chronicling the struggles of high school students in performing arts school. Cara, who played Coco Hernandez, sang the title track and “Out Here on My Own,” both of which became hits and were nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, with “Fame” winning. The success of these songs earned Cara a 1980 Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.
One of her best – known roles is in the 1980 movie Sparkle, It tells the story of three singing sisters whose family relationship is broken in pursuit of fame.
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