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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)".
Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. In 1960 she married her second husband, actor King Donovan. Her first husband died in 1955. She also had, briefly, her own series, The Imogene Coca Show. In the early days of live television she played opposite Sid Caesar in a sketch comedy program, Your Show of Shows, which was immensely popular from 1950 to 1954.
She came to prominence when she began to combine music with comedy: her first big critical success was in New Faces of 1934. She came to be featured as a headliner, appearing in Manhattan nightclubs, with music arranged by her first husband, Robert Burton. She moved from Philadelphia to seek a living as a dancer, starting in the chorus of the Broadway musical When You Smile. In her youth, she received piano, dance, and voice lessons.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Josť Fernandez de Coca, a conductor, and his wife Sadie Brady, a dancer and magician's assistant. Imogene Coca (November 18, 1908 - June 2, 2001) was an American comic actress. The Imogene Coca Show - 1955. Your Show of Shows - 1950.
On the Twentieth Century - 1978. The Girls in 509 - 1958. Concert Varieties - 1945. All in Fun - 1940.
The Straw Hat Revue - 1939. Who's Who - 1938. New Faces of 1936 - 1936. Fools Rush In = 1934.
New Faces of 1934 - 1934. Flying Colors - 1932. Shoot the Works - 1931. Garrick Gaieties -1930.
When You Smile - 1925.