Irene Cara

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Actress, singer, songwriter, and producer Irene Cara was destined for a life of accomplishments that millions strive for but very few actually attain. From being able to play the piano by ear at age five to earning an Oscar, multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe, and a People's Choice Award, Irene's rise to stardom was paved with experiences of a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Fame Coco
Flashdance Soundtrack
Sparkle Sparkle
Sister, Sister Sissy Lovejoy


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 2006 Irene Cara: Downtown (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 2001 DJ Bobo & Irene Cara: What a Feeling (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1994 The Jungle King (Video)
Leonette (voice)
 1992/II Beauty and the Beast (Video)
Beauty (voice)
 1992 Hearts Are Wild (TV Series)
- Coming Home (1992)
 1992 The Magic Voyage
Marilyn (English version, voice)
 1991 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Celine Bird
- Birds Gotta Fly (1991) ... Celine Bird
 1990 Irene Cara: No One But You (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1989 Happily Ever After
Snow White (voice)
 1989 Caged in Paradiso
 1988 Irene Cara: I Can Fly (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1988 Bustin' Loose (TV Series)
 1987 Irene Cara: Girlfriends (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1986 Busted Up
 1985 Certain Fury
Tracy Freeman
 1984 Irene Cara: Breakdance (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (Music Video)
Irene Cara (uncredited)
 1984 City Heat
Ginny Lee
 1984 Irene Cara: The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream) (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1983 Irene Cara: Why Me? (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1983 The Gavin & Lott Show (TV Series)
 1983 D.C. Cab
Irene Cara
 1983 Irene Cara: Flashdance... What a Feeling (Music Video)
Irene Cara (voice)
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Myrlie Evers
- For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) ... Myrlie Evers
 1982 Irene Cara: Anyone Can See (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Irene Cara: Fame (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Irene Cara: Fame (Show Version) (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Irene Cara: My Baby (He's Something Else) (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Irene Cara: Out Here on My Own (Show Version) (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Irene Cara: Reach Out I'll Be There (Music Video)
Irene Cara
 1982 Killing 'em Softly
Jane Flores
 1982 Sister, Sister (TV Movie)
Sissy Lovejoy
 1981 Irene (TV Movie)
Irene Cannon
 1980 Irene Cara: Fame (Movie Version) (Short)
 1980 Fame
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Alice Jefferson
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Bertha Palmer Haley
- Part V (1932-1933) (1979) ... Bertha Palmer Haley
- Part IV (1918-1921) (1979) ... Bertha Palmer Haley
- Part III (1914-1918) (1979) ... Bertha Palmer Haley
 1977 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
- Rerun Gets Married (1977) ... Maria
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
- A Hair-Trigger Away (1976) ... Amy
 1976 Sparkle
 1975 Aaron Loves Angela
 1975 Apple Pie
 1971-1972 The Electric Company (TV Series)
Iris - Member of the Short Circus
- 130 (1972) ... Iris - Member of the Short Circus
- 129 (1972) ... Iris - Member of the Short Circus
- 128 (1972) ... Iris - Member of the Short Circus
- 127 (1972) ... Iris - Member of the Short Circus
- 126 (1972) ... Iris - Member of the Short Circus
 1951 Love of Life (TV Series)
Daisy Allen (1970-1971)
Show Show Music department (13 credits)
Show Show Composer (10 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (107 credits)
Show Show Self (62 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (21 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Cassette") in "Got Tu Go Disco" on Broadway. Musical. Book by John Rester Zodrow. Music by Kenneth Lehman, John Davis, Ray Chew, Nat Adderley Jr., Thomas Jones, Wayne Morrison, Steve Boston, Eugene Narmore, Betty Rowland and Jerry Powell. Lyrics by Kenny Lehman, John Davis, Ray Chew, Nat Adderley Jr., Thomas Jones... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Official Sites:

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5' 4" (1.63 m)


Conrad E. Palmisano  (divorced)


Gaspar Cara | Louise Cara

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"It's important for me to get back to my fans here and around the world. I feel very, very blessed that so many people have continued to write me and to pour out their love for me and my work." - ( Star Magazine April 5, 1993) See more »


Her age has always been a confusing mystery by biographers who stated her birth year as either 1964 or 1959 from the day she shot to fame. But in July 2004 the mystery was finally solved when the Associated Press obtained her voter registration records from Florida, where she lived, and confirmed her birth year as 1959. Miss Cara disputes this, and says it was not her voters registration. She ... See more »


Energetic, upbeat vocals See more »

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