Remembering Irene Cara

Cara, who won both a Grammy and Oscar in 1984 for co-writing and singing “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” died in her Florida home at the age of 63.
1:43 | 11/28/22

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>>> FINALLY TONIGHT, WE'RE REMEMBERING IRENE CARA, WHOSE TALENT TOOK HER FROM THE SOUTH BRONX TO THE HEIGHT OF FAME. ♪ FAME I'M GONNA LIVE FOREVER ♪ >> HER VOICE INSPIRED A GENERATION. IRENE CARA WAS AN '80s SENSATION WITH HER TITLE TRACK, "I'M GOING TO LIVE FOREVER." FROM HER BREAKOUT ROLE AS COCO HERNANDEZ IN THE 1980s MUSICAL "FAME" SHE WOULD GO ON TO CO-WRITE AND PERFORM THE TITLE SONG TO THE MOVIE "FLASHDANCE." THAT SONG, "WHAT A FEELING," WAS A SMASH SUCCESS. ♪ WHAT A FEELING ♪ >> HERE SHE IS IN 1984 AT THE OSCARS WINNING FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG. SHE ALSO WON TWO GRAMMYS AND A GOLDEN GLOBE FOR THE SAME SONG WHICH IS STILL ON BILLBOARD'S TOP 100 HOT SONGS OF ALL TIME. SHE WAS BORN IRENE ESCALADA IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE SHE BEGAN HER CAREER AS A CHILD STAR. A REGULAR ON THE CHILDREN'S SHOW, "THE ELECTRIC COMPANY." AS A TEENAGER, SHE PLAYED THE TITLE ROLE IN THE 1976 MUSICAL "SPARKLE" ABOUT THREE SISTERS FORMING A SINGING GROUP. THE MOVIE "FAME" WENT ON TO BECOME A POPULAR TV SERIES FOR SIX SEASONS. ONE OF THE SHOW'S STARS, DEBBIE ALLEN, REMEMBERS CARA WITH A TWEET, SAYING MY HEART IS BROKEN. SHE WAS A GIFTED AND BEAUTIFUL GENIUS. JUST 63 YEARS OLD. THANKS SO MUCH FOR WATCHING. DAVID MUIR RIGHT BACK HERE TOMORROW NIGHT. I'M LINSEY DAVIS. GOOD

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