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Irene Cara is best known as a singer of movie themes, though she worked as an actress since childhood. Raised in New York City, she appeared on Broadway in 1967 in the musical Maggie Flynn at age eight and can be heard on the cast album for the show The Me Nobody Knows. From the age of 16, she was turning up on television and in films, including a part in the TV mini-series Roots 2 in 1979. In 1980, she was catapulted into stardom and a singing career by her appearance in the film Fame, for which she sang the title song, an Oscar-winning Top Ten hit. Also from the film was her Top 40 hit « Out Here on My Own. » In 1983, she topped the charts with « Flashdance…What a Feelin' » from the movie Flashdance, a song she co-wrote that won another Oscar, and Cara won a couple of Grammys for her contributions to the soundtrack. Her What a Feelin’ album included the hits « Why Me? » and « Breakdance, » and she also made the Top 40 with a third movie theme, « The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream), » from DC Cab. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film’s signature scene is, of course, Alex’s water-drenched dance audition, largely performed in long shot by her dance double Marine Jahan. Essentially an old-fashioned backstage yarn, Flashdance was given a contemporary spin by its pulsating, musical score featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song, Flashdance…What a Feeling, (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara).
Fame (1980, Alan Parker)
Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham)
Footloose (1984, Herbert Ross)
Center Stage (2000, Nicholas Hytner)
Save the Last Dance (2001, Thomas Carter)
Dirty Dancing (1987, Emile Ardolino)
Over the Top (1986, Menahem Golan)
8 Mile (2002, Curtis Hanson)
Honey (2003, Bille Woodruff)
Brave New Girl (2004, Bobby Roth)
Other Related Works
Is featured in: The Full Monty (1997, Peter Cattaneo)
Is related to: Dance with Me (1998, Randa Haines)
Influenced: Sunset Strip (1991, Paul G. Volk)
Make It Happen (2008, Darren Grant)
Pound by pound the best 80"s song, thanks Irene Cara.
and rip Irene.
Hello from Fort Worth, TX So sad she died to soon RIP Irene Cara my Mom was a huge fan 😞😢😇
Que en paz descanse tan grandiosa cantautora que marco una etapa atra vez de su magnífica y excelente música en la vida de toda una generación hasta hoy dejando un gran e inolvidable legado en la cultura de la música estadounidense a todos los niveles nacionales e internacionales con un carácter imperecedero ,es una gran pena que estas grandes estrellas luminosas se vayan tan pronto muchas veces desgraciadamente dejando un hueco profundo e in remplazable en la música para siempre porque son inigualables en su valía;Que dios la tenga en su santa gloria eterna..que pena que los buenos nos están abandonando tan rápidamente…
This was my favorite song and video 80s was some good days SIP #irenecara🕊️❤
RiP from a atypical fan!
RIP beautiful woman ❤
Just read about it today in letter in Irish Examiner. She was a bright light in the gloomy early 80 s.Rip .
I am so in love with this lady. I grew up with her. My heat saddens of this ladies passing. You will still live with me forever. God bless xx
Keep up with woman she doesn't want to just take a shit she wants to have fun and enjoy til the future of time
F gs gv 83 d I wg tt😁
That’s one of the most beautiful songs ever!
RIP Irena Cara, always Remember this song ….
I remember my first time watching Sparkle back in the day with my dad and being mesmerized at Irene Cara talent/beauty….
good dance Jennifer Beals and rip queen Irene cara
Somos únicos en esta vida..no hay copia ni duplicado..que en paz descanses Irene Care siempre vivirá en esta música muy linda..en el personaje de la película con un gran mensaje..nunca te rindas..que Dios te tenga en su gloria..un paso adelante Irene!
Febuary 22 2010
She had quite a voice and such a loss to the music industry. May her legend reign supreme forever after. Rip
Legend R.I.P.. .❤ lrene cara