Irene Cara Escalera March 18, 1959 – November 25, 2022 was an American singer and actress.
Cara sang and co-wrote the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from the film Flashdance, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984.
Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film’s title song “Fame”.
Prior to her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.
Cara was born in The Bronx, New York City, the youngest of five children.
Her father, Gaspar Escalera, a factory worker and retired saxophonist, was Puerto Rican, and her mother, Louise, a movie theater usher, was Cuban-American. Cara has two sisters and two brothers.
At the age of three, Irene Cara was one of five finalists for the “Little Miss America” pageant. She began to play the piano by ear, then studied music, acting, and dance seriously, first having dance lessons, aged five.
Irene Cara Husband: Who is Conrad E. Palmisano?
Cara married stuntman and film director Conrad Palmisano in Los Angeles, California, in April 1986 and they divorced in 1991.
Cara died in her Florida home of an undisclosed cause on November 25, 2022.
Conrad Palmisano born May 1, 1944 is an American film stuntman and director.