I met Irene Cara, when I first got to New York City. We both loved musicals and she had boundless energy. I first heard about Irene when she appeared in The Me Nobody Knows. Before that she appeared on Broadway in Maggie Flynn opposite Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy. Later in Via Galactica with Raúl Juliaand Got Tu Go Disco. Off-Broadway she appeared in Ain’t Misbehavin’. John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 28, named her one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1976.”
Irene was so excited when she was cast and rose to fame in the 1980 musical Fame, which she sang the title track for and starred as Coco Hernandez. Her performance in Fame earned her two Grammy nominations for best new artist and best pop vocal performance, female, at the 23rd annual Grammy Awards in 1981.
Irene won the third round of the NBC television series Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, performing “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” and covered Anastacia’s song “I’m Outta Love” with her all-female band, Hot Caramel.
Cara’s publicist, Judith A. Moose, confirmed the news of her death in a statement shared on the singer’s Twitter account early Saturday morning.
Cara’s cause of death is unknown, but it will be released when information is available.
My friend may you be singing with the angels.