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Irene Cara is a Actor American born on 18 march 1959 at New York City (USA)

Irene Cara

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Birth name Irene Cara Escalera
Nationality USA
Birth 18 march 1959 at New York City (USA)
Death 25 november 2022 (at 63 years)

Irene Cara (born Irene Cara Escalera; March 18, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She became famous for her role as Coco Hernandez 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.


Irene married Hollywood stuntman Conrad Palmisano in 1986. They divorced in 1991.

Best films

Fame (1980)

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Filmography of Irene Cara (15 films)

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Beauty and the Beast, 49minutes
Directed by Diane Eskenazi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Irene Cara, Daran Norris, Jason Connery, Christopher Lee, Susan Silo, Michael Hordern
Roles Beauty (voice)
Rating54% 2.7072852.7072852.7072852.7072852.707285
Un prince transformé en une bête hideuse en punition en raison de ses manières cruelles et égoïstes emprisonne dans son château une jeune femme aventureuse nommée Belle. Pour devenir humain de nouveau, la Bête doit gagner l'amour de Belle avant qu'il ne soit trop tard.
The Magic Voyage, 1h21
Origin German
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Les fées, Children's films
Actors Michael Habeck, Hans Paetsch, Mickey Rooney, Phil Nibbelink, Dom DeLuise, Corey Feldman
Roles Marilyn (voice)
Rating35% 1.781921.781921.781921.781921.78192
The year is 1492. Many people believed that the world was flat, and that ships would fall off the edge of the earth and float off into space. However, an Italian navigator named Christopher Columbus had a revolutionary idea — he thought that the world was square. That is, until a small woodworm named Pico overhears him and convinces Columbus that the world is really round by eating up the edges of his square globe, making it look round. Finally realizing that the world is round, Columbus decides to take his discovery to King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Isabella. Pico joins him, and the duo instantly become friends.
Happily Ever After, 1h11
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons, Political films, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Irene Cara, Edward Asnere, Carol Channing, Dom DeLuise, Phyllis Diller, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Roles Snow White (voice)
Rating55% 2.752322.752322.752322.752322.75232
The Looking Glass recaps the story of "Snow White". The wicked Queen has been vanquished and the kingdom is at peace as Snow White and the Prince prepare to marry. But the Queen's equally evil wizard brother Lord Maliss comes to her castle, where he learns of his sister's demise and vows to avenge her death. He transforms into a dragon and attacks Snow White and the Prince as they travel to the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. He kidnaps the Prince, but Snow White manages to flee.
Caged in Paradiso, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Prison films
Actors Irene Cara, Wolf Muser, Laurence Haddon, Christopher Pennock, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Joseph Culp
Roles Eva
Rating36% 1.8287351.8287351.8287351.8287351.828735
Female inmates wrongly imprisoned on an island fortress plan their escape.
Caged in Paradiso, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Women in prison films
Actors Irene Cara, Christopher Pennock, Joseph Culp, Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Roles Eva
Rating36% 1.8287351.8287351.8287351.8287351.828735
A convict and his wife are placed on an isolated island with other criminals. When the two are separated the wife must learn to defend herself to survive.
Certain Fury, 1h27
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara, Nicholas Campbell, George Murdock, Moses Gunn, Peter Fonda
Roles Tracy
Rating53% 2.657972.657972.657972.657972.65797
Scarlett (Tatum O'Neal) is a hardened street kid who supports herself with prostitution and drug dealing. Facing charges for killing a client, Scarlett is brought to court. At court, she briefly encounters Tracy Freeman (Irene Cara). Tracy, a doctor's daughter, has been arrested for drug possession and resisting arrest. Tracy admits to using racial slurs against the white officer who arrested her, implying that he also used racial slurs toward her.
City Heat
City Heat (1984)
, 1h33
Directed by Richard Benjamin, Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Buddy films, Gangster films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn, Rip Torn, Irene Cara
Roles Ginny Lee
Rating55% 2.7507852.7507852.7507852.7507852.750785
In Kansas City, 1933, near the end of Prohibition, a police lieutenant known by his last name, Speer (Eastwood), is acquainted with a former cop turned private eye named Mike Murphy (Reynolds). Speer and Murphy were once good friends, which changed after Murphy left the force.
D.C. Cab
D.C. Cab (1983)
, 1h40
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about the labor movement, Films about automobiles
Actors Adam Baldwin, Max Gail, Mr. T, Gary Busey, Charlie Barnett, Gloria Gifford
Roles Irene Cara
Rating54% 2.7496952.7496952.7496952.7496952.749695
Naive but good natured young man Albert Hockenberry (Baldwin) arrives in Washington, D.C. with plans to work for his late father's army buddy Harold (Gail), owner of the run-down District of Columbia Cab company. Aware of the sorry state of his business and from the growing competition from the popular Emerald Cab Company, Harold wants to clean it up but doesn't have the financial means to do so. Complicating matters is the motley group of cab drivers that he has working for him. They all see driving as a dead end job while they wait for better lives, until Albert inspires them to work as a team.
For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers, 1h30
Directed by Michael Schultz
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Howard Rollins, Irene Cara, Margaret Avery, Roscoe Lee Browne, Laurence Fishburne, Janet MacLachlan
Roles Myrlie Evers
Rating71% 3.5667153.5667153.5667153.5667153.566715
Howard Rollins stars as assassinated civil rights activist Medgar Evers, while Irene Cara co-stars as his wife (and future NAACP chairperson) Myrlie. The film concentrates on Evers, an ex-insurance agent turned activist, in the final years of his life as the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. In 1954, he is involved in a boycott against white merchants and was instrumental in eventually desegragating the University of Mississippi in 1962. His home in Jackson, Mississippi is besieged by bigots and he and his family are threatened with dire consequences, but Evers continues to work towards the goal of integrating his racially-polarized state. On June 12, 1963, however, the 37-year-old Evers is shot to death in front of his home by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith.
Sister, Sister, 1h38
Directed by John Berry
Origin USA
Actors Diahann Carroll, Irene Cara, Rosalind Cash, Dick Anthony Williams, Paul Winfield, Robert Hooks
Roles Sissy Lovejoy
Rating77% 3.859543.859543.859543.859543.85954
The story starts out with Caroline Lovejoy (Carroll) singing in the church choir at the local church. It is later revealed that she is having an intense affair with the church's reverend. She later comes home to find her younger sister, Sissy (Cara), with her boyfriend, Johnny. It is expressed that Sissy is an aspiring ice skater, but Caroline wants her to follow in her footsteps and become a schoolteacher.
Fame (1980)
, 2h14
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Dance films, Films about education, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Debbie Allen, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Boyd Gaines
Roles Coco
Rating65% 3.298973.298973.298973.298973.29897
We see the principal students auditioning alongside less successful applicants. In the drama department, Montgomery forgets his lines while auditioning, and Doris's nerves aren't helped by the presence of her pushy mother, who insists Doris should sing in her audition. In the music department, Bruno's father and uncle help haul Bruno's keyboards and equipment from their taxicabs to the audition. Bruno's electronics horrify the conservative music teacher, Mr. Shorofsky.
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, 3h12
Directed by William A. Graham
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about religion
Actors Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif, LeVar Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Irene Cara
Roles Alice Jefferson
Rating74% 3.7430053.7430053.7430053.7430053.743005
The film draws on Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account and reports from The Washington Post at the time, to describe the life of Jim Jones from a 1960s idealist to the November 1978 mass murder/suicide of members of Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. In the beginning of the film, Jim Jones is seen helping minorities and working against racism. Later, after a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jones becomes focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust, and moves hundreds of his followers to Guyana. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is notified that some individuals are being held against their will, and after going to investigate, the Guyana tragedy itself is depicted.
Aaron Loves Angela, 1h39
Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Actors Moses Gunn, Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara, Robert Hooks, Charles McGregor, Gordon Parks, Jr.
Roles Angela
Rating58% 2.904552.904552.904552.904552.90455
Aaron Loves Angela is about two teenagers living in the slums of New York City who are deeply in love with each other. Angela (Irene Cara), who is Puerto Rican, falls in love with Aaron (Kevin Hooks), who is black. Their relationship is not approved by either of their parents. They both rebel against their parents' prejudices, but soon find out that their friends and neighbors share the same prejudices as their parents.