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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)". In 1991 she was going to participate in Father of the Bride, but became pregnant and could not act in the movie. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. In 1989 she married actor Kevin Kline. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". She was famous in the early and middle 1980s for her acting in a handful of teen-orientated movies, and her face made the covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, 16, Teen Beat and others. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. She is also the god-daughter of actress Joan Crawford.

Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. She is a native of New York City, where she attended the Children's professional Acting School. She is the daughter of director Joseph Cates and the niece of Gilbert Cates, also a director. Phoebe Belle Katz Cates (born July 16, 1963) is an American film actress who, by her description, has retired from acting to become a full-time mother. The Anniversary Party (2001).

Princess Caraboo (1994). Bodies, Rest and Motion (1993). Drop Dead Fred (1991). Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990).

I Love You to Death (1990). Shag (1989). Bright Lights, Big City (1988). Date with an Angel (1987).

Gremlins (1984). Lace (1984, TV). Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Paradise (1982).

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