Irene Cara

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Irene Cara : biography

March 18, 1959 –

Irene Cara (born March 18, 1959)Bob McCann, Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Actresses in Film and Television, McFarland & Company, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7864-3790-0, p. 67. gives the date as 1962 is an American singer and actress. She became famous for her role in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and her recording of the song "Fame" became an international hit. Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance… What a Feeling", which also became an international hit."56th Academy Awards

Early life

Cara’s father, Gaspar Cara, was Afro-Puerto Rican and Cara’s mother, Louise, was an American of Cuban descent. Cara has two sisters and two brothers. At age three, Irene Cara was one of five finalists for the ‘Little Miss America’ pageant. Cara began to play the piano "by ear" and soon thereafter, she began seriously studying music, acting, and dance. Cara’s performing career started when she was a child on Spanish-language television, professionally singing and dancing. She made early TV appearances on the Original Amateur Hour (singing in Spanish) and Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. She was a regular on PBS’s educational program The Electric Company, which starred Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno, and Morgan Freeman. As a child, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record; an English Christmas album soon followed. She also appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington which also featured Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Roberta Flack.


Studio albums

Year Title Chart position Certifications(sales thresholds)
1968 Esta Es Irene

  • Released: 1968
  • Formats: LP
  • Label: GEMA
1982 Anyone Can See

  • Released: 1982
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
  • Label: Universal Music
76 NA NA
1983 What a Feelin’

  • Released: 1983
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
  • Label: Universal Music
77 49 NA 29 8 NA
1987 Carasmatic

  • Released: 1987
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
  • Label: Elektra Records
2011 Irene Cara presents: Hot Caramel

  • Released: 2011
  • Formats: CD, Digital
  • Label: Caramel Productions Music Inc.

Soundtrack albums

Year Album
1980 Fame Soundtrack
1983 Flashdance Soundtrack
1983 D.C. Cab Soundtrack
1984 City Heat Soundtrack
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Soundtrack
1991 China Cry Soundtrack
2007 Downtown: A Street Tale Soundtrack


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1980 "Fame" 4 1 1 1 Fame (soundtrack)
"Out Here on My Own" 19 20 58
1981 "Anyone Can See" 42 Anyone Can See
"My Baby (He’s Something Else)"
1983 "Flashdance… What a Feeling" from the Flashdance Soundtrack 1 1 4 2 4 3 17 1 1 What a Feelin’
"Why Me" 13 7 17 5 4
"The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream)" from the D.C. Cab Soundtrack 37 26
1984 "Breakdance" 8 13 n/a 20
"You Were Made for Me" 78 10
1987 "Girlfriends" Carasmatic
1988 "I Can Fly" Non-album song
1995 "Rhythm of My Life" Precarious 90’s
1996 "You Need Me"
1997 "All My Heart"
2001 "What a Feeling" (with DJ BoBo) 11 3 2 Non-album song
2006 "Forever My Love" Gay Happening Vol. 12
2007 "Downtown" Downtown: A Street Tale (soundtrack)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart