Irene Cara

  • Birth Name: Irene Cara Escalera
  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Started her career as a child, performing on Spanish television with her father's mambo band.
  • Was a regular on The Electric Company as a kid. 
  • Made her Broadway debut playing an orphan in the musical Maggie Flynn (1968).
  • In her teens, she worked as a background vocalist for famous recording artists.
  • Like her character Coco on Fame (1980), she got into New York's High School of Performing Arts as a singer, dancer and actor. However, she dropped out of the school to become a working actor.
  • Performed two nominated songs from Fame during the 1981 Academy Awards telecast.
  • Formed the all-female band Hot Caramel, with whom she performs (she's also the production manager of the band). In 2011, they released the album Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel.

Awards

  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Song Written for a Film: Nominee
  • 1983, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner

Relationships

  • Louise B. Escalera — Mother
  • Conrad E. Palmisano — Ex-husband
  • Antoinette Greer — Sister
  • Gaspar Cara — Father

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