Oscar- and Grammy-winning music production maestro Irene Cara made her transition. Carla died the week of Thanksgiving 2022 at her home in Largo, Fla., according to Carla’s publicist who announced the death via Facebook.
Perhaps best known for co-writing credits on the hit soundtracks to the films Flashdance and Fame, the iconic ’80s movie legend was 63 years old. At age 16, she had the same name inspired by her 1976 film The Story of the Supremes. Roots: Next Generation, as Alex Haley’s mother Bertha George. Her publicist, Judith Moose, said her cause of death is unknown at this time and will be released “when more information becomes available.”
“She is a beautiful and talented soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films,” Moose said. Just know she’s smiling from heaven. She loved her fans.”
Many of those fans have been fans since the beginning, remembering when Cara (born Irene Cara Escalara) played the role of Coco Hernandez (she sang and co-wrote the title track). fameThe song “Fame” is now a legend, not just on the karaoke stage, but for black women and other marginalized people who plucked up the courage to break through the closed doors to make it in America.
Cara also co-wrote the 1983 film’s title track, “Flashdance: What a Feeling.” flash danceThe song won an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
Carla, like many dark-skinned stars of her time, had her ups and downs. She often said that she wasn’t the only one to accuse the old record company of unfair deals, and that she didn’t return the royalties owed. She sued the old label for access to the masters and won.her latest album charismatic, released in 2020.her podcast Eileen Cara’s backstorylooked longer charismatic in her other projects.
A memorial event for fans is also underway.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adriennegibbs/2022/11/26/remember-her-name-irene-cara-fame-sparkle-flashdance-star-dies-at-63/ Irene Cara, star of ‘Fame’, ‘Sparkle’ and ‘Flashdance’ dies at 63