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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)". These archives also hold the papers of Frank Capra, Ingrid Bergman, Clint Eastwood, and others. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. The Jeanne Crain collection resides perpetually at the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives in Middletown, Connecticut. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". Crain's career is fully documented by an extraordinary collection of memorabilia about her assembled by the late Charles J. Finlay (longtime publicist at 20th Century-Fox). Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. a successful television executive, most known for his work on CBS TV's JAG. Crain was also survived by many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. The Brinkmans were survived by five adult children, including, Paul Brinkman, Jr. The couple outlived two of their children. Crain is buried in the Brinkman family plot at Santa Barbara Cemetary. Crain's funeral Mass was held at the Old Santa Barbara Mission.
Crain passed away a few months later and it was speculated that she died of a broken heart. Brinkman's death in October of 2003. As a lifelong devout Catholic, Jeanne Crain Brinkman and her husband Paul remained married, though they lived separately in Santa Barbara, California, until Mr. Crain obtained an interlocutory divorce decree, each spouse claiming the other had been unfaithful (she also claimed Brinkman had been abusive), but the couple reconciled on the eve of their 11th wedding anniversary.
The marriage was rocky for some years. Crain and her husband Brinkman bought a large, lovely home for their growing family on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills (The home can be seen and is described by Bette Davis in candid footage of a driving sequence in the 1952 now cult-classic, The Star). During the early 1950s, Crain was earning approx. $3,500 per week. Against her mother's wishes, Crain married former RKO Studios contract player Paul Brinkman on December 31, 1946; the first of their 7 children was born the following April.
Her last role was in Skyjacked in 1972. Crain was captivating as Nefertiti in the 1961 Italian production of Queen of the Nile, with Edmund Purdom and Vincent Price. Roles became fewer in the 1960s as Crain went into semi-retirement. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was popular throughout Europe at the time and was released under the Belgian title, A Paris Pour les Quatre ("Paris For The Four").
The film was based on the Anita Loos novel that was a sequel to her acclaimed Gentleman Prefer Blondes. The production was filmed on location in Paris and Crain's singing in the film was dubbed, as was customary. Also in 1955, Crain also showed off her lively dancing abilities in Gentleman Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell and Rudy Vallee. Crain then starred in a string of pictures for Universal, including notable pairings with Kirk Douglas, such as Man Without a Star (1955).
Mankiewicz production of People Will Talk (1951). In the 1950s, Crain paired up with Cary Grant, for the Joseph L. Zanuck chose to cast a white actress for box-office reasons. Although Lena Horne and other black actresses were considered for the role, Darryl F.
Pinky was a controversial movie, since it told the story of a girl who passes for white in the northern United States. In 1945 she starred in State Fair, and in 1949 in three films,A Letter to Three Wives, The Fan and Pinky, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1943 she starred in Home in Indiana, and in 1944 in In the Meantime, Darling. Her acting was critically panned, but she rebounded in the hit Winged Victory. During World War II, Crain's fan mail was second in volume only to that of Betty Grable. She did not get the part, but at the age of 18, she appeared in a bit part in the movie The Gang's All Here..
While still in high school, she was asked to make a screen test opposite Orson Welles. Born Jeanne Elizabeth Crain in Barstow, California, she moved to Los Angeles as a young child. Jeanne Crain (May 25, 1925 - December 14, 2003) was an American actress.