Irene Cara









Irene Cara

Irene Cara

Irene Cara was born as Irene Escalera on March 18, 1959, in Bronx, New York City, New York. She is an American singer with African, Cuban, and Puerto Rican descent. She co-wrote the song, Flashdance, and received an Academy Award for Best Original Song, in 1984.

Cara began playing the piano by ear when she was only five. After that she studied music, acting, and dancing. When she was three, she was one of the five finalists for the Little Miss America Pageant. Her career began when she appeared on Spanish language television when she was a child. She performed by singing and dancing on the program. She appeared on the television show, Amateur Hour, and sang in Spanish. She also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carsonís The Tonight Show. When she was only 8 years old she recorded a Latin Spanish language record. Following that she released an English Christmas album. When she was 10 years old she appeared in a concert tribute to Duke Ellington along with Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., and Roberta Flack. She went on to appear in on and off Broadway shows, one of which was, Ainít Misbehaviní. Others were, The Me Nobody Knows, Maggie Flynn, and Via Galactica.

Cara was the star of the 1970's, The Everything Show, which was a program aired in New York City. She was Daisy Allen in the daytime soap opera, Love of Life, in the 1970's. Her career just kept going with her appearances in shows such as, The Electric Company, The Short Circus, Aaron Loves Angela, Sparkle, Roots,: The Next Generations, the movie Fame, and The Story of Jim Jones.

Sara was named as one of twelve Promising New Actors of 1976, by the John Willisí Screen World, Vol. 28. The same year a poll in the magazine called, Right On!, named her Top Actress. When she appeared in Fame it drove her to the top in the acting and singing world. She sang the title song in Fame, and also the song, Out Here On My Own, in the 1980 movie. The songs helped make the soundtrack album a big hit on the charts and it went multi platinum. She continued with her success by receiving an Image Award, in 1982, for her performance in the Movie of the Week, Sister, Sister, which also starred Diahann Carroll and Rosalind Cash.

Sara didnít stop there. In 1983 she co-wrote and sang the song, Flashdance... What a Feeling, The song was considered by the United World Chart, to be the number 22 most successful song in music history. It was also listed as the number 4 most successful song by a solo female artist. Cara has never stopped performing and she has made appearances in Europe and Asia throughout the 1990's. She has received many awards and nominations and released 8 albums, 16 singles, and has made many vocal, film, and television appearances.