Irene Cara, legendary singer and actress, is best known for her performances in Fame FlashdanceShe has passed away. She was 63.
“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara,” the late performer’s publicist, Judith A. MooseIn a statement published via, he wrote: Twitter Saturday, November 26, 2006. “The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.”
Moose’s statement continued: “Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”
Cara’s cause of death has not yet been announced, and a memorial service will be planned at a later date.
The New York native rose to fame when she landed the role of Coco Hernandez in 1980’s Fame. In addition to appearing as one of the High School of Performing Arts students, Cara — who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal — also crooned the film’s title track, “Fame.”
Three years later, Cara followed up her musical success by penning “Flashdance … What a Feeling” for the movie Flashdance. Cara received two Grammy Awards and an Oscar for her 1983 single.
“Yes [I mainly wrote the lyrics,] but I also had a lot to do with the melody, because I sang the melody the way I thought it should be sung,” the Sparkle Songwriter Universe, May 2018, recalled that star had created a song to go with the film. “Giorgio [Moroder] is a great composer, but he’s not a singer. Singers are required to interpret the music to their liking. And that involves changing the melody here and there.”
While further details about the former child star’s death have yet to be revealed, her loved ones and former costars have publicly mourned their loss. Lee CurreriHe starred opposite the City Heat In actress FameOn Saturday,, shared a black and white throwback photo of Cara via Instagram. The 61-year-old actor, who played Bruno Martelli in the musical flick, added a red heart emoji in his caption.
Cara’s rep was equally saddened to learn of the Broadway alum’s passing.
“Believe me, I wish it weren’t true. We were working on amazing projects that would have made her and her fans incredibly happy,” Moose tweeted early on Saturday, noting the late performer “adored” her fans. “Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”