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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)". and Malcom X, with Davis giving Maclom X's eulogy at his 1965 funeral. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. Dee and Davis were personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". Dee is a member of such organizations as CORE, the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. Ruby Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, are well-known civil rights activists.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. She has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning once for her role in 1990s Decoration Day. Her acting career has crossed all major forms of media over a span of 8 decades. A 1945 graduate of Hunter College, Dee made several appearances on Broadway before getting national recognition for her role in the 1950 film, The Jackie Robinson Story. Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio, though she grew up in Harlem.

Ruby Dee (born October 27, 1924) is an African-American actress and activist. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) - Rae Robinson. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) - Ruth Younger. The Incident (1967) - Joan Robinson.

Roots: The Next Generations (1979) - Queen Haley. Do the Right Thing (1989) - Mother Sister. Decoration Day (1990) - Rowena. Jungle Fever (1991) - Lucinda Purify.

Taking Back Our Town (2001) - Emelda West.

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