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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)". Halle Berry played Dandridge in the made for TV movie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Blvd. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. Modern analysts believe that she may have suffered from manic depression.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. In 1965, Dandridge was found dead in her home of an overdose of Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant. In 1957 she made Island in the Sun and in 1959 Porgy and Bess. Despite the nomination, she had to go to Italy to make her next movie, Tamango, in 1956. For this performance, she received an Academy Award nomination.

In 1954, Dandridge was cast in Carmen Jones, the remake of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. During this period, she starred in several "soundies", video films designed to be displayed on juke boxes, including Paper Doll by the Mills Brothers and Cow Cow Boogie. All of her early roles were stereotypical parts for African American actresses, but her singing ability brought her popularity in nightclubs around the country. She did not receive another role until 1940, when she appeared in Four Shall Die.

Her first on-screen appearance was as an extra in a 1935 Our Gang short, Teacher's Beau. Dorothy first important role was a small part in the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races in 1937. Dandridge began singing in her church's choir and, with the prodding of her mother, moved to Hollywood. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the first African American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 - September 8, 1965) was an American actress.

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