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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)". Dorothy Dell was interred in Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans, Louisana. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. Dell was killed instantly and Wagner died several hours later. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". On their way to Pasadena their vehicle was involved in an accident. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. In 1934 she attended a party in Altadena, California with Dr Carl Wagner, to whom she was reported to have become engaged.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. Paramount scheduled her to play opposite Gary Cooper and Shirley Temple in Now and Forever in what was to have been her first major starring role as a romantic lead. Her next film Shoot the Works led to comparisons with Mae West, and her rendition of the ballad "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming" in the film became a hit record. Her most important and substantial role followed in the Shirley Temple film Little Miss Marker. The film was a success and the reviews for Dell were favourable; Paramount began to consider her as a potential star.

She won her first film role over such established contenders as Mae Clarke and Isabel Jewell and made her debut in Wharf Angel (1934). She moved to Hollywood in 1933 and was signed to a contract by Paramount Studios. During this time she was closely associated with Russ Colombo and her celebrity status was elevated by the media attention she received while denying rumours of an impending marriage. In 1931 she moved to New York to appear on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies, and followed this success with her role in the production of Tattle Tales in 1933.

With this success she established a successful vaudeville act. She began entering and winning beauty pageants and at the age of fifteen won the title of "Miss New Orleans". Born Dorothy Dell Goff in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to entertainers, she spent much of her childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dorothy Dell (January 30, 1915 – June 8, 1934) was an American film actress.

Lamour also won the title of "Miss New Orleans" in 1931, succeeding her friend Dell who had won the title the previous year. Dorothy Lamour, a childhood friend of Dell, credited Dell as the person responsible for the beginning of her own film career. Her final role in "Now and Forever" was taken by Carole Lombard, and provided Lombard with one of her earliest significant successes.

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