80’s pop star Irene Cara, an Oscar and Grammy winner who was best known for singing the theme songs of the 1980s films “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has passed away, according to her representative. Cara was both an actress and a singer. She was 63.
Cara passed away in her home in Florida. According to the statement made by Moose, the reason for the death is unkown at this time.
Cara made her acting debut when she was a child on the television show “Electric Company,” and then she went on to star in the films “Aaron Loves Angela” and “Sparkle” when she was a teenager.
Her breakout performance occurred in the 1980 musical “Fame,” which was based on New York’s High School for the Performing Arts. Her role was that of Coco Hernandez. She scored a smash record with the song that was used as the title track for that movie, as well as another big record with the ballad “Out Here on My Own.” During that year, she was considered for a nomination for a Golden Globe as well as two Grammys.
Years later, Cara collaborated on the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” which became another smash hit on the radio and earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Artist.
She was also successful with songs like “Why Me” and “Breakdance,” amongst others. In addition, she appeared in films such as “City Heat” alongside Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, “D.C. Cab” alongside Mr. T, and “Certain Fury” alongside Tatum O’Neal.
“Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief,” the rep added. “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”