Celebrating the legacy of singer and actress Irene Cara

The Oscar winner, who is best known as the force behind the title songs to '80s films “Flashdance” and “Fame,” died at 63.
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>>> WELCOME BACK HERE TO "GMA" WE'RE BACK NOW CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF OSCAR-WINNING SINGER AND ACTRESS IRENE CARA BEST KNOWN FOR TITLE TRACKS TO FILMS "FAME" AND "FLASHDANCE." CHRIS CONNELLY JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. >> Reporter: T.J., BRIMMING WITH BELIEF AND SELF-CONFIDENCE, IRENE CARA'S HIT SONGS INSPIRED A GENERATION THAT WAS READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD JUST LIKE SHE DID. ♪ >> Reporter: SINGER, ACTRESS, SONGWRITER, IRENE CARA MADE MUSIC THAT SHOWED THE XUB RENS OF THE 19LE 0s YOUTH. MADE THE BRONX-BORN CARA AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION, "FAME." ♪ I'M GOING TO LIVE FOREVER ♪ >> Reporter: CARA'S BIGGEST HIT CAME THREE YEARS LATER. ♪ FIRST WHEN THERE'S NOTHING ♪ >> Reporter: ANOTHER IRRESISTIBLE TITLE SONG TO A HIT MOVIE, "FLASHDANCE" "WHAT A FEELING." WHICH CARA CO-WROTE AND SANG. ♪ TAKE YOUR PASSION AND MAKE IT HAPPEN ♪ >> Reporter: PROVED A PITCH PERFECT MATCH OF JENNIFER BEAL, ANNOUNCED THE WINNER AT THE 1984 OSCARS. >> NOT ENOUGH TO EXPRESS MY LOVE AND GRATITUDE. >> Reporter: SHE BEGUN PERFORMING AS A YOUNG CHILD APPEARING IN 1967. ON THE ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR. REMEMBERED ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY THOSE WHO KNEW HER, AFTER NEWS OF HER DEATH ON SATURDAY AT THE AGE OF 63 FROM JENNIFER BALES, THANK YOU BRILLIANT IRENE FOR YOUR OPEN HEART AND YOUR FEARLESS TRIPLE TALENT. AND FROM DEBBIE ALLEN, MY HEART IS BROKEN. IRENE CARA WAS SUCH A GIFTED AND BEAUTIFUL GENIUS, HER TALENT AND HER MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER. FOREVER REMEMBER HER NAME. >> SO MANY WILL DO EXACTLY THAT, REMEMBER HER, AND HER MUSIC, FOR THE WAY IT MADE THEIR SPIRITS SOAR AND PUT THEIR DREAMS WITHIN REACH. GUYS? >> AND THE MUSIC'S STILL RESONATES EVERY TIME YOU HEAR HER MUSIC, YOU STILL FEEL THAT PASSION AND POWER. >> GO AHEAD. >> HE NAILED IT THERE, AS SOON AS WE HEARD THE MUSIC COME ON IT

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