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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)". Dolores del Río has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1620 Vine Street, in recognition of her contributions to the motion picture industry. She played Coco Hernandez in Fame and Angela in romance thriller classic Aaron Loves Angela. She died from liver disease at Laguna Beach, California and was buried at in the Panteón de Dolores cemetery (no relation) in Mexico City. She sang the theme from Fame and "Flashdance (What A Feeling)". In 1960 she starred with Elvis Presley in the US Western Flaming Star directed by Don Siegel. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico and in the early 1950's they migrated to the U.S.. She was nominated for Mexico's Silver Ariel Award five times, winning two awards for her performances.
Irene Cara (born Irene T Escalera March 18, 1959 in New York City) is a singer and actress. She was soon approached by director Emilio Fernández, and she began making Spanish-language films that brought her great success in Mexico over the next twenty years. She returned to Mexico in 1942. Her collaboration with Welles, Journey Into Fear (1942), was her last major Hollywood film. An affair with Orson Welles was reported to have been the cause of her divorce from Gibbons in 1941.
With the advent of talkies she was usually relegated to exotic and unimportant roles, but scored successes with Flying Down to Rio (the film that launched the careers of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 1933) and Madame DuBarry (1934). In 1930, she married Cedric Gibbons, one of MGM's leading art directors and production designers. She came to be admired as one of the most beautiful women on screen, and her career flourished until the end of the silent era. She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, but initially struggled to overcome prejudice.
The marriage ended in divorce but del Río retained her married name, continued to pursue a career as an actress, and made her first film appearance in 1925. In 1921 she married Jaime del Río, and through a Hollywood friend the couple emigrated to the USA with the plan of establishing showbusiness careers for themselves: screenwriter and actress, respectively. Her wealthy family lost all their assets during the Mexican Revolution, and a desire to restore her comfortable lifestyle inspired her to follow a career as an actress. Born Dolores Martínez Asúnsolo y López Negrete in Durango, Mexico, del Río was the cousin of actor Ramón Novarro.
She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and became an important actress in Mexican films later in her life. Dolores del Río (August 3, 1905 - April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress.