Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning musician best known for singing the title songs of The hit 1980s movies “Fame” and “Flashdance” are dead, their publicist said Saturday.
She was 63 years old.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara on behalf of her family,” her publicist Judith A. Moose said in a statement posted on the Cara website and Twitter food.
“The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away at her home in Florida. The cause of her death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.”
Moose said breaking the news was “absolutely the worst part of being a publicist”, adding: “I can’t believe I had to write this, let alone break the news.”
“She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and her films,” Moose said.
Cara received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical “Fame.” The popularity of the film spawned a television show of the same name, which debuted on NBC in early 1982.
She later sang and co-wrote “Flashdance… What A Feeling” for the soundtrack to the 1983 box office hit “Flashdance,” which starred Jennifer Beals as an aspiring dancer.
“Flashdance… What A Feeling” won Best Original Song at the 1984 academy awards.
That year’s Oscar host Johnny Carson handed the podium over to hosts Beals and Matthew Broderick, who named the winner.
“There aren’t enough words to express my love and my gratitude,” Cara told the Oscars audience, thanking her parents, co-workers and teachers.
And last but not least, a very special gentleman who I believe started it all for me many years ago. To “Fame” director Alan Parker, wherever you are tonight, I thank you.”
Cara returned to the Oscar stage in 1986, performing “Here’s to the Losers,” in a moving tribute to the best films that didn’t win best picture.
Cara won two Grammy Awards for the song, Best Original Score Album Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, which she shared with other writers, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
He later appeared in movies like “DC Cab” and “City Heat” and on various TV shows. He has also acted in live theater and musicals.
david k li contributed.