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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)". Her remains were cremated in accordance with her wishes but remained unclaimed at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. She died April 30, 1965 from cardiac arrest during surgery for a stomach ulcer in Hollywood, California. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". Her alcoholism continued unabated. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. She survived but her face was badly scarred, and ruled out any chance of a comeback.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. In 1950, Chandler was severely burned in an apartment fire, caused by her falling asleep while smoking. She was hospitalised several times but was unable to gain control over her life. By this time she was battling alcoholism and her acting career declined. Among her stage successes of the 1930s were Pride and Prejudice in 1935, and a reprise of her role in Outward Bound in 1938.

She achieved more successes in A House Divided (1931) and Christopher Strong (1932) and began dividing her time between Hollywood and Broadway. Once again, Chandler received plaudits for her performance. Chandler did not want to play the role for which she is probably best remembered, as Mina Harker in Dracula as she wanted to play Alice in Alice in Wonderland, but this part was given to Charlotte Henry, and Chandler, disappointed, joined David Manners and Bela Lugosi in "Dracula". Chandler, with her blonde hair and ethereal quality was considered to be perfectly cast, and she received critical praise for her performance.

The unusual story told of a group of passengers on an ocean liner who gradually realise that they are all dead. She made her film debut in 1927 in The Music Master and in 1930 joined Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Beryl Mercer for the film version of the stage success Outward Bound. Within a few years she was playing Shakespearean roles opposite such highly regarded performers as John Barrymore. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Chandler began her acting career on Broadway in 1917.

Helen Chandler (February 1, 1906 – April 30, 1965) was an American film and theater actress.

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