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Irene Cara

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress.

Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S..

She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela.

She won both the 1983 Best Original Song Academy Award and the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Flashdance (What A Feeling)".


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She won both the 1983 Best Original Song Academy Award and the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". Carter is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. They were further shocked to discover that Carter had been living as a closeted lesbian, and that custody of her children had been left to her domestic partner. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". She was the mother of two adopted teenagers. When she died, friends and family were surprised to discover barely $200 in her bank account. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. Carter died from heart disease complicated by diabetes in 2003.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. Born Nell Ruth Hardy in Birmingham, Alabama, Carter won a Tony Award for her work in Ain't Misbehavin and appeared in Annie on Broadway and in the television shows Gimme a Break! and The Match Game. Nell Carter (September 13, 1948 - January 23, 2003) was an American singer and actress.

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