OSCAR SPOTLIGHT: IRENE CARA

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Sparkle was everything and it was a huge hit partly due to the presence of Irene Cara.  Most people assumed girlfriend was black, but shewas really  Puerto-Rican from the Bronx.  Her Mom was Cuban and her Dad was Afro-Puerto Rican.  Most theatre geeks know Cara from the 70’s classic “The Me Nobody Knows, “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, “Maggie Flynn” with Shirley Jones and Viva Galactica with the late Raul Julia.

However, along with  Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno, she was adored by millions of kids who watched public television and were fans of The Electric Company and by 1980 “Fame” made her a star.

 

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Just three years later, she would pen the title song to a film that would not only solidify her stardom status, but become her signature and make an instant success of the film’s star, Irene Cara.  That little film was called “Flashdance”.  “Flashdance… What A Feeling”, which she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey. Cara penned the lyrics to the song with Keith Forsey while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it; Moroder composed the music.

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Their collaboration paid off and “Flashdance” became a hit in several countries, garnering numerous accolades for Cara. She won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Song,  1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year.  Nowadays, Cara lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel.

Take a look at Oscar winner…Irene Cara

 

 

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