Question With Dreamgirls about to open I keep thinking I saw a poster a long time ago for a movie about the same thing Three African American young ladies who want to be singers I know Dreamgirls was a play but I didnt see it was there an earlier movie version Rex FlickChick Theres never been another adaptation of Dreamgirls in fact the saga of its convoluted journey from stage to screen is almost as dramatic as its Supremes-inspired narrative But I think youre thinking of Sparkle Released in 1976 but set in 1958 it starred Irene Cara still four years away from her breakthrough performance in Fame as 15-year-old Sparkle Williams the youngest of three Harlem-raised sisters The eldest Sister Lonette McKee is the beauty of the family and middle sister Dolores Dwan Smith is a budding black-power activist all sing their hearts out in church every week with their mother whose character name coincidentally is Effie who supports them by working a
Irene Cara knows a thing or two about fame. The actress/singer, who started in showbiz as a kid, finally hit it big by starring and singing in 1980's Fame. Shortly thereafter, she topped the pop charts again with "What a Feeling," the theme to 1983's Flashdance">Flashdance, and even won an Oscar for co-writing the memorable tune. Nowadays, she jams with the all-female group Hot Caramel. But tonight at 9 pm/ET, Cara revisits her pop-star heyday on NBC's Hit Me Baby One More Time. Here, TVGuide.com connects with the 46-year-old blast from the past.
TVGuide.com: We haven't heard from you in years. Where have you been hiding?
Irene Cara: I lived in Europe for awhile and had some major hits over there as recently as 2000 and 2001. I got platinum all over Europe,