For those of us that grew up in the 80s, one of the more iconic voices in entertainment has died.
Grammy-award-winning artist Irene Cara passed away.
She was only 63 years old.
The Voice of the Time
Reports are just now surfacing about her death.
Cara had an amazing voice and, at least for me, will forever be remembered as the voice of “Fame.”
Not only did she sing the song, but she also played the lead role of Coco Hernandez in the big-screen version of “Fame.”
That performance got her two Grammy nominations, but it was not until her next big movie soundtrack that she broke through.
In 1983, she took down the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Flashdance … What a Feeling.”
The cause of death has not yet been released, but her death was announced this morning by her publicist, Judith Moore.
Moore broke the news via Cara’s Twitter account, writing, “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.
“Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene.
“I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans.”
Moore added, “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”
Cara had a significant career before she ever hit the screen in “Fame,” having done played multiple TV roles and making her film debut in 1975.
She had her first leading lady role in “Aaron Loves Angela,” as well as the major TV epic, “Roots: The Next Generations.”
She also starred in “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.”
Her acting career went into the abyss, unfortunately, after appearing in “City Heat” in 1984, mostly relegated to “B” movies.
She was trying to relaunch her singing career at the time of her death, recently forming a group called Hot Caramel.
Rest in peace, Irene, for you inspired an entire generation to literally dance in the streets.
Source: New York Post