The singer, who won the Oscar for the film’s song flash dancedied this week at the age of 63.
Singer Irene Cara, who won an Oscar and a Grammy in 1984 for What a Feelingthe movie song flash dance, died this week in her Florida home, her publicist announced on Twitter. She was 63 years old.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the disappearance of Irene Cara. The cause of her death is not yet known and we will inform you as soon as this information becomes available,” read a press release.
“Irene’s family asks for respect for her privacy during this time of mourning. She was a magnificent soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films,” the text added. The date of the funeral will be announced shortly.
From “Fame” to “Flashdance”
Irene Cara began her career in the 1970s. First an actress in series (notably in kojak), she first made a name for herself by playing the lead role in the musical sparkles (1976), which became cult.
In 1980 she starred in the film Famous the role of Coco Hernández. She also signed the song of the credits, which allows her to meet a first success in the charts in the United States and in the rest of the world.
In 1984, she wrote and performed What a Feeling, which earned her the Oscar for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Pop Singer. The song will be number 1 in the world and will propel the film to success flash dance.
In the 1980s, Irene Cara also played in Guns up with Clint Eastwood and DC Caban action comedy with Mister T before gradually withdrawing from the media space.