Fame Theme Song Singer Irene Cara Dead at 63

She also appeared in four Broadway musicals—Maggie Flynn, The Me Nobody Knows, Via Galactica and Got Tu Go Disco.

But it was the 1980 musical drama film Fame that launched her to international, well, fame. The film centered around a performing arts high school, Cara played student Coco Hernandez and performed four songs, including the hit single “Fame,” for the movie soundtrack.

The New York native went on to co-write and perform the lead single “Flashdance… What a Feeling” for the soundtrack to the 1983 romantic drama dance film Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals as a dancer who aspires to become a professional ballerina. The song earned Cara a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song.

“Thank you brilliant Irene for your open heart and your fearless triple threat talent,” Beals wrote on Instagram after news of the singer’s death was made public. “It took a beautiful dreamer to write and perform the soundtracks for those who dare to dream. #RIPirenecara.”

In 1984, Cara co-starred with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds in the movie City Heat. Later, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Cara did voiceover work for children’s animated films, such as the movie Happily Ever After. Her last onscreen role as in an episode of the TV series Hearts Are Wild in 1992.

You May Also Like

Kim K Slams Paparazzi Asking About Kanye West Throwing Phone

Kim Kardashian was spotted with Tristan Thompson leaving their kids’ basketball game…

J.Crew 80% Off Deals: $15 Boots, $28 Jeans, $20 Sweaters, and More

We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and…

Inside the Shocking Aftermath of Sherri Papini’s Kidnapping Hoax

Reviewing phone records, authorities found that she had been in contact with…

And Pedro Pascal’s Hottest TV Role Is…

Did you really think we weren’t going to pick the Red Viper…

Why Marie Kondo Has “Kind Of Given Up” on Keeping Her Home Tidy

While she’s still sparking joy, Marie Kondo is not tidying up at…

GMA Co-Anchors T.J. Holmes & Amy Robach FIRED From ABC

Good Morning America co-hosts T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are officially done…

Kanye West Investigated for Battery After Confrontation With Driver

Kanye West may have landed in legal trouble. The “Clique” rapper is currently…

Nev Schulman’s Wife Laura Perlongo Shares She Suffered a Miscarriage

Laura Perlongo has opened up about a devastating loss. The writer, who…

Renée Zellweger & Ant Anstead Look More in Love Than Ever in Rare Pic

They complete each other. On Jan. 27, Renée Zellweger‘s boyfriend, TV personality Ant…

Shakira Shares Cryptic Post After Gerard Piqué & GF Go Insta Official

These hips don’t cry. A day after Shakira’ex Gerard Piqué made his relationship with girlfriend Clara Chia…

Kanye West Confronts Paparazzi, Throws Fan’s Phone (Video)

Kanye West was captured on video seemingly throwing a photographer’s phone during…

January’s Top Problem-Solving Products, Approved by E!’s Shopping Team

We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and…