Terrible news that Irene Cara, 63, died Friday of undetermined causes. She was at her Florida home.
She was an incredible talent, one who shone from childhood on. It's amazing to recall she was a teen when she anchored Sparkle and 20 when Fame was shot — and when she recorded its two Oscar-nominated songs, that vivacious theme, which hit #4, and “Out Here on My Own.” (It was the first time ever two songs from the same film were Oscar-nominated.)
Cara wisely co-wrote the theme for Flashdance, which was an even bigger hit than “Fame” — “Flashdance... What a Feeling” was a #1 hit, won her two Grammys and clinched the Oscar for her and Giorgio Moroder for Best Original Song.
I'm also very partial to her Top smash from 1984, “Breakdance.”
Theater, TV movies, the concert stage ... she did it all.