Irene Cara, a Singer who Hit Stardom With ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance,’ Dies at 63

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Irene Cara, an Oscar-winning singer, best known for penning the songs for the films “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has passed away, according to a statement from her publicist on Saturday.

She was 63.

Irene Cara

In a message posted to Irene Cara’s website and Twitter account, her publicist Judith A. Moose said, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara on behalf of her family.”

The Oscar-winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer died at home in Florida. She said that her cause of death is currently unknown, but details will be made public as soon as they become available.

I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news, Moose said, adding that this was “absolutely the worst part of being a publicist.”

Irene Cara

Through her music and movies, she left behind a legacy that will endure forever, according to Moose.

Cara was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical “Fame.”

Later, she collaborated on the song “Flashdance… What A Feeling” with Jennifer Beals, who played a young dancer in the 1983 hit movie “Flashdance.”

Irene Cara

The song won Cara two Grammys: one for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special, which she shared with other composers, and the other for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Later, she appeared in many television programs and movies, including “City Heat” and “D.C. Cab.” She also took the stage for live plays and musicals.

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