Irene CaraIrene Cara Escalera (March 18, 1959 one claims 1962 and Cara herself implied she was born in 1961 by claiming she turned 59 years old via a 2020 tweet, despite stating she was 24 in a 1983 interview with Dick Clark. , a year after her tweet, her Twitter profile says that she was born a year later in 1962. Her mother told ''The New York Times'' in 1970 that a young Ms. Cara was 11 years old.|group=note}} – November 25, 2022) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. Cara rose to prominence for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical film ''Fame'', and for recording the film's title song "Fame", which reached 1 in several countries.
In 1983, Cara sang and co-wrote the song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (from the film ''Flashdance''), for which she shared an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984. Prior to her success with ''Fame'', Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film ''Sparkle''. Provided by Wikipedia