Flash dance singer Irene Cara dies at age 63

Irene Cara, the star of flash dance died at the age of 63. The actress also had huge roles in FAME. Younger viewers may not know that Cara won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983 with “Flashdance… What a Feeling.” She previously sang that song and “Fame” from the beloved movie. Humorously, director Alan Rudolph worried she might not have the chops to sing these songs. But, Michael Gore, the composer op FAME, called quickly after they had had some studio sessions to clarify that they had hit the jackpot. Cara had worked at her craft since childhood. There were multiple appearances on TV and theater before her big break in these movies. Needless to say, fans were shocked by the news today. On Twitter, her representation had to bring the news and a statement. Read everything they wrote here.

Her publicist wrote, “This is definitely the worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I had to write this let alone get the news out. Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I will read them all and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from heaven. She adored her fans. – JM”

The actual letter contained all the information known at the time. “It is with great sadness that I announce on behalf of her family the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer has passed away at her home in Florida. Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when. information is available.”

“Irene’s family has asked for privacy as they process their grief,” the statement continued. “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and movies. Funeral services are pending and a memorial to her fans will be planned in the future. Judith A. Moose, President JM Media Group. Publicist of Irene Cara .”

Director Alan Parker shared his initial thoughts on the actress on his blog. “I was originally interested in Irene Cara because of her petite but beautiful looks and her acting (she’d been in Roots II). Although she’d done some backing vocals and, aside from some a cappella stuff in my office, I wasn’t totally convinced of her and that’s why I asked Michael Gore to work with her in the studio,” he began. “Then he called me with a simple message, ‘Boy, does she have the chops.’ Like me, he was pleasantly surprised at how good she was – her amazing voice was almost a bonus, as we were willing to work with much less.It’s fair to say that the unbridled ambition of the character Coco in our story closely matched Irene’s in real life. In fact, the eight main characters all resemble the characters they play – though I’m sure none of them would like to admit it.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cara’s family and friends at this time.

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