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Encyclopedia > Irene Cara
Irene Cara
Born March 18, 1959 (1959-03-18) (age 48)
Bronx, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter
Website www.irenecara.com

Irene Cara (born Irene Escalera on March 18, 1959, in The Bronx, New York City) is an American singer of African, Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling". She is best known for her recordings of the songs "Fame" and "Flashdance... What a Feeling". She also starred in the 1980 film version of Fame. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Flashdance. ... Fame was a pop song, released in 1980 and made popular as the theme song to the Fame movie and TV series. ... Fame is a 1980 musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker. ...

Contents

Personal

Cara's father, Gaspar Cara (died in 1994), was an African-American and Puerto Rican. Her mother, Louise Escalera, is of French and Cuban descent. She has two sisters and two brothers.


Married Hollywood stuntman Conrad Palmisano [1] in 1986. They divorced in 1991.


Cara's age has been the subject of controversy: at various times her birth year has been listed as 1954, 1959 or 1964. In July 2004, the Associated Press claimed to have found her voter registration record in Florida, where she lives. However, Ms. Cara has never voted or registered to do so in Florida.[citation needed]


Early life

Cara first captivated the audiences of her family sometime after her fifth birthday when she began to play the piano by ear. Cara soon moved into serious studies of music, acting, and dance. At the age of three, she was one of five finalists for the Little Miss America pageant.


Cara's performing career started on Spanish-language television as a child, professionally singing and dancing. She made early TV appearances on the Original Amateur Hour (singing in Spanish), The Ed Sullivan Show, and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. By age 8, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record; an English Christmas album soon followed. At age 10 she appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington with Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr. and Roberta Flack. The Original Amateur Hour was an American television program from the mediums early days. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Professional career

Pre-Fame

From there, Cara appeared in on- and off-Broadway theatrical shows including the musicals Ain't Misbehavin', The Me Nobody Knows (which won an Obie award), Maggie Flynn opposite Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, and Via Galactica with Raul Julia. Aint Misbehavin is a song by Harry Brooks with Fats Waller and lyricist Andy Razaf, dating from 1929. ... The Me Nobody Knows was a Tony-nominated musical that debuted on Broadway in 1970. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Maggie Flynn is a musical with a book by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss (in collaboration with Morton DaCosta) and music and lyrics by Peretti, Creatore, and Weiss. ... Shirley Jones, in a still from the opening credits of The Partridge Family Shirley Mae Jones (born March 31, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning singer and actress, perhaps best known for her role as Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children, in the television series The Partridge Family... Jack Cassidy (March 5, 1927 – December 12, 1976) was an American actor, who achieved success in theater, cinema and television. ... Via Galactica is a rock musical with a book by Christopher Gore and Judith Ross, lyrics by Gore, and music by Galt MacDermot. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ...


In the 1970s, Cara was the star of "The Everything Show", a program which aired locally in New York City. She was the original Daisy Allen on the now-defunct daytime serial Love of Life in the 1970s. She left the show to star in the educational series The Electric Company, playing a member of the band The Short Circus (she was on the show during the first season only). The series also featured Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers and Gene Wilder. Next came her role as Angela in romance/thriller Aaron Loves Angela, followed by her portrayal of the title character in Sparkle. Television brought Irene international acclaim for serious dramatic roles in two outstanding mini series, Roots: The Next Generations, the critically acclaimed adaptation of Alex Haley’s moving novel, and Guyanna Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Rita Moreno on the 1962 album cover for Academy Award Winner Rita Moreno Sings Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American comedic actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Willy Wonka and his collaborations with Mel Brooks, most notably Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his many movies with Richard Pryor, including Silver Streak... Aaron Loves Angela is a 1975 blaxploitation film, written by Gerald Sanford, and directed by Gordan Parks, Jr. ... Sparkle is a 1976 blaxploitation film directed by Sam OSteen and released by Warner Bros. ... Alexander Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer. ...


John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28, named her one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976"; that same year, a readers' poll in Right On! magazine named her Top Actress.


Cara graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, a rival of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. Ironically, LaGuardia High was the inspiration for the performing arts school in her third movie Fame.


Fame and Subsequent Roles

The 1980 box office smash movie Fame catapulted Irene to stardom. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song "Fame" and the film’s second hit single "Out Here on My Own". These songs helped make the movie soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year; for the first time two songs from one film were nominated in the same category: "Fame" and "Out Here on My Own". Cara had the opportunity to be one of the few singers to perform more than one song at the Oscar ceremony. (Note: Robert Goulet, who sang all the Oscar-nominated songs in 1963, is among several singers who had done so in the past.) "Fame", written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, won the award that year. Fame is a 1980 musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker. ... Fame was a pop song, released in 1980 and made popular as the theme song to the Fame movie and TV series. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Robert Goulet Robert Gerard Goulet (born November 26, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is an American entertainer. ...


The motion picture Fame earned Irene Grammy nominations in 1980 for Best New Female Artist and Best New Pop Artist, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical. Billboard Magazine named Irene Top New Single Artist, while Cashbox Magazine awarded her both Most Promising Female Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ...


When Fame became a television series a few years later, Cara was asked by the TV series' producers to reprise her role as Coco Hernandez. But she turned them down, feeling that she had already done everything she could with the role in the film, and over additional concerns that her film work in the role might be diminished if the television show failed. As a result, newcomer Erica Gimpel, who looked similar to Cara, played the role instead. However, Cara did make a special guest appearance on the series in 1983 as a "successful alumna" of the performing-arts school portrayed in the series, singing her then-current hit single, "Why Me?". Erica F. Gimpel (June 25, 1964 in New York), American television actress, known from the roles on tv-series like Profiler, Roswell, ER and Veronica Mars. ...


In 1982, Irene earned the Image Award for Best Actress when she co-starred with Diahann Carroll and Rosalind Cash in the NBC Movie of the Week, Maya Angelou's Sister, Sister. Irene portrayed Myrlie Evers-Williams in the PBS TV movie about civil rights leader Medgar Evers, For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story; and earned an NAACP Image Award Best Actress nomination. She also appeared in 1982's Killing 'em Softly. The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Diahann Carroll, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. ... Rosalind Cash (December 31, 1938 – October 31, 1995) was an American actress. ... This article is about the television network. ... Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. ... Sister, Sister is a 1982 TV movie that stars Diahann Carroll, Rosalind Cash, and Irene Cara. ... Myrlie Evers-Arias (born March 17, 1933, nee Myrlie Beasley in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is an African American activist. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...


Cara was also pegged to star in her very own sitcom, entitled Irene, on NBC in 1981. Even though the pilot aired and received favorable reviews, the network did not pick it up for its fall season of new shows. It also starred veteran performers Kaye Ballard and Teddy Wilson, as well as newcomers Julia Duffy and Keenan Ivory Wayans. The name PILOT is an acronym, and stands for Programmed Instruction, Learning, Or Teaching. ... Kaye Ballard, born Catherine Gloria Balotta on November 20, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio to an Italian immigrant father, is an actress who has appeared on Broadway and on television. ... Theodore Shaw Teddy Wilson (born November 24, 1912 in Austin, Texas-died July 31, 1986 in New Britain, Connecticut) was a United States jazz pianist. ... For the fictional character in the Axis of Time trilogy, see Julia Duffy (Axis of Time). ... Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer. ...


In 1983, Cara appeared as herself in the film D.C. Cab, about a group of cabbies, starring Mr. T. As an in-joke, one of the characters, an obsessed Irene Cara fan, decorated his Checker Cab as a shrine to her. D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. ... This article is about the actor. ... Metal die-cast model of a Checker taxicab Originally, a Checker Cab was a taxi produced by the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company (later known as Checker Motors Corporation) of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operating under the name Checker Cabs in New York and other American cities. ...


In addition to her music and film work, Cara also continued to perform in live theatre during this period. In the summer of 1980, she briefly played the role of Dorothy in The Wiz on tour. Of course, this was the role that singer/actress Stephanie Mills created in the original Broadway production. Coincidentally Cara and Mills had shared the stage together as children in the original 1968 Broadway musical Maggie Flynn, starring Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, in which both young girls played Civil War orphans. This article is about the stage musical. ... Stephanie Mills (born March 22, 1957 in Harlem, New York) is an African American R&B and soul singer and former Broadway star. ... Maggie Flynn is a musical with a book by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss (in collaboration with Morton DaCosta) and music and lyrics by Peretti, Creatore, and Weiss. ... Shirley Jones, in a still from the opening credits of The Partridge Family Shirley Mae Jones (born March 31, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning singer and actress, perhaps best known for her role as Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children, in the television series The Partridge Family... Jack Cassidy (March 5, 1927 – December 12, 1976) was an American actor, who achieved success in theater, cinema and television. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...


Flashdance... What A Feeling

In 1983, Irene reached the apex of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance, "Flashdance...What A Feeling", which she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey. Cara wrote the lyrics to the song with Keith Forsey while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it; Moroder wrote the music. Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Keith Forsey (born on January 22, 1948 in London, England, UK) // In 1988 Keith Forsey won the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Shared with: Harold Faltermeyer Bob Seger In 1984, Keith Forsey won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song...


Cara admitted later that she was initially reluctant to work with Georgio Moroder because she didn't want to invite further comparisons with Moroder's most famous client, Donna Summer, (1), but it paid off, as the result was a record which topped the charts around the world and won numerous accolades for Cara. She won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Song(Oscar); 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Top Female Vocalist-Pop Singles, Black Contemporary Female Vocalist-Pop Singles, Top Pop Crossover Artist-Black Contemporary Singles, Pop Single of the Year, American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year. Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... The Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...


In March 2007, the United World Chart ranked "Flashdance... What a Feeling" as the twenty-second most successful song in music history. The song was also rated on the list as the fourth most successful song by a solo female artist, behind Cher's "Believe", Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", and Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You". [2] The United World Chart is a worldwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles in the world. The United World Chart uses the same system as the Billboard Hot 100, in which the tracking... Flashdance. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Believe is a Grammy Award winning Dance song which served as the world-wide lead single for American singer Chers studio album Believe. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... I Will Always Love You is a song written and originally performed by American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (first released as a single in 1974) and then most famously recorded by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston. ...


Post-Flashdance

In 1984, she was in the Clint Eastwood - Burt Reynolds comedic thriller City Heat, in which she sang the standards "Embraceable You" and "Get Happy". In 1985, Cara co-starred with Tatum O'Neal in Certain Fury, a notorious box office and critical flop about women escaping prison. In 1986 appeared in the film Busted Up. Cara provided the voice of Snow White in the unofficial sequel to Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Filmation's Happily Ever After, in 1993. This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... City Heat is the title of a 1984 action-comedy starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. ... Embraceable You is a popular song. ... Tatum Beatrice ONeal (born November 5, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award-winning American actress best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The first Filmation logo. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Also in the 1990s, Cara won a bitter lawsuit with her managers over money and career issues.


Additional Recordings

Along with her successful career in acting and several hit singles, Cara has released three albums thus far. Those albums are Anyone Can See in 1982, What A Feelin' in 1983, and Carasmatic in 1987. She also released a compilation of Eurodance singles in the mid to late 1990s entitled Precarious 90's. Cara recently contributed a new dance single, titled "Forever My Love", to the compilation album titled Gay Happening Vol. 12, in 2006. Anyone Can See is Irene Caras debut album released in 1982. ... What A Feelin is Irene Caras sophomore album and most successful to date. ... Carasmatic is Irene Caras third album released in 1987. ... This article is about a music style. ...


In addition to her solo recordings, Cara has worked as a backup vocalist for Vicki Sue Robinson, Lou Reed, George Duke, and Evelyn "Champagne" King. Vicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 - April 27, 2000) was a US theatre and film actress and singer, most closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music. ... Lewis Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... George Duke (born 12 January 1946 in San Rafael, California) is a piano and synthesizer pioneer, making a name for himself with the album Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. ... Evelyn King (also known as Evelyn Champagne King) was born on June 29, 1960 in Bronx New York and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. ...


Currently

Cara has never stopped performing, although most of her appearances were relegated to Europe and Asia throughout the 1990s, scoring several top ten dance hits on foreign charts.


Cara received two prestigious honors for her career in March 2004, with her induction into the Ciboney Cafe's Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the sixth annual Prestige Awards.


In June 2005, Cara won the third round of the NBC television series Hit Me Baby One More Time, performing "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" and covered Anastacia's hit "I'm Outta Love" with her current all-female band, Hot Caramel. At the 2006 AFL Grand Final in Melbourne, Cara performed "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" as an opener to the pre-match entertainment. Hit Me Baby One More Time was a 2005 reality show first aired by ITV on British television and later, as a new version, by NBC in the United States; both were presented by Vernon Kay. ... This article is about the singer. ... The 2006 AFL Grand Final was contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2006. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ...


She lives in Florida and continues work in preparation for her band Hot Caramel's album. She also has her own production studio.


Awards and Nominations

  • Latino Playwrights Award: Award of Recognition. [1985]
  • NAACP Image Award-Best Actress in a TV Movie- For Us the Living [1983]
  • Alpha Music Program in Japan: #1 Female Vocalist from Sendai TV's "Saturday Magazine" [1983]
  • American Music Awards: Best Pop Single of the Year [1983]
  • Bravo Magazine: Otto Award, Most Popular Female Singer [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist - Pop Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Black Contemporary - Pop Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Adult Contemporary Vocalist - Pop Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Top Pop Crossover Artist - Black Contemporary Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Pop Single of the Year [1983]
  • Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Fame) [1980]
  • Golden Globe: Best Song in a Motion Picture (Flashdance) [1983]
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Young Artist [1980]
  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Theme Song (Flashdance) [1983]
  • Academy Awards: Best Song in a Motion Picture, "Fame" [1981]
  • Academy Awards Nomination : Best Song in a Motion Picture, "Out Here On My Own" [1981]
  • Grammy Awards: Nomination - Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female [1981]
  • Grammy Awards: Nomination - Best New Artist [1981]
  • Billboard Magazine: Top New Single Artist [1980]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Most Promising Female Vocalist [1980]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist [1980]
  • Japan Radio Hit Research Committee: Most Popular Disc Award [1980]

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Trivia

  • Cara is the youngest African-American artist of Hispanic ancestry to receive an Academy Award (at the age of 24 years). She is also the only female of color who has thus far received an Academy Award in a non-acting category.
  • Chosen by Francesco Scavullo for his 1980s book on some of the most beautiful women in the entertainment business, Irene shared the pages with supermodel Gia, Diahann Carroll and Brooke Shields.
  • Her #1 hit Flashdance...What A Feeling was ranked #67 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
  • She is known as the "Queen of the Movie Themes"[citation needed],and has recorded a total of 17 movie theme songs since her first, "Fame" (1980).
  • When Cara reached #1 on Japan's Oricon singles chart with Flashdance... What a Feeling in 1983, she became the last non-Japanese or English-language artist to top the Oricon chart until Celine Dion's "To Love You More" twelve years later.
  • Was born with red hair. Has rare eye color: black.
  • On June 22, 2004, two of her movie theme songs "Flashdance...What A Feeling" (#55) from Flashdance and "Fame" (#51) from Fame were selected by the board of The American Film Institute in their list of "The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs". "Fame" the movie was placed in "The Top 100 Greatest Films" in 2006 (#92).
  • Ranked #42 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Teen Stars" in 2006.
  • Flashdance...What a Feeling was featured in Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX in 1999 under the name MAGIKA.

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Discography

Albums

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Singles

Year Single U.S. U.S. Dance U.S. AC UK Album
1980 "Fame" 4 1 - 1 Fame Soundtrack
1980 "Out Here on My Own" 19 - 20 58 Fame Soundtrack
1981 "Anyone Can See" 42 - - - Anyone Can See
1983 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" 1 1 4 2 Flashdance Soundtrack / What a Feelin'
1983 "Why Me" 13 7 - 86 What a Feelin'
1983 "The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream)" 37 26 - - DC Cab Soundtrack / What a Feelin'
1984 "Breakdance" 8 13 - 88 What a Feelin'
1984 "You Were Made For Me" 78 - 10 - What a Feelin'
1987 "Girlfriends" - - - - Carasmatic
1988 "I Can Fly" - - - -
1995 "Rhythm of My Life" - - - - Precarious 90's
1996 "You Need Me" - - - - Precarious 90's
1997 "All My Heart" - - - - Precarious 90's
2001 "What a Feeling" (with DJ Bobo) - - - - -
2006 "Forever My Love" - - - - Gay Happening Vol. 12
2007 "Downtown" - - - - Downtown: A Street Tale Soundtrack

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Vocal Appearances

  • The Me Nobody Knows- Original Cast Soundtrack (1970)
  • The Electric Company-Television Cast Soundtrack (1971)
  • John Blaire - We Belong Together (1977) Vocals
  • The Brecker Brothers - Detente (1980) Vocals (bckgr)
  • Bill Chinnock - Badlands (1978) Vocals
  • Gordon Grody - Exclusively Yours Vocals (bckgr)
  • Jimmy Maelen - Beats Workin' (1980) Vocals
  • Millington - Ladies on the Stage (1978) Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • T. Life - That's Life (1978) Vocals (bckgr)
  • Original Soundtrack - Fame [Polydor Soundtrack] (1980) Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Various Artists - Billboard Top Hits: 1980 (1980)
  • Various Artists - Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1980(1980) Vocals
  • Stanley Turrentine-Home Again (1982)
  • Luther Vandross- Superstar (1983)
  • City Heat-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)
  • Certain Fury-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1985)
  • Original Soundtrack - All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
  • China Cry- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1990)
  • Various Artists - Disco Fox, Vol. 4 (1997)
  • George Duke - Best of George Duke: The Elektra... (1997) Vocals
  • Oleta Adams - Very Best of Oleta Adams (1998) Vocals (bckgr)
  • Stormbringer- I Am Your Angel (2001)
  • DJ Bobo - Planet Colors (2001) Vocal Arrangement, Vocal Recording
  • DJ Bobo - Celebration (2002) Engineer, Vocal Arrangement
  • DJ Bobo - Celebration [Limited Edition] (2002) Engineer, Vocal Arrangement
  • Disco Brothers Forever My Love (2002)
  • Morning Musume Our Youth 1.2.3. (2002)
  • Various Artists - Gay Happening Vol. 12 (2006) Vocals
  • Downtown: A Street Tale- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [AJM Records] (2007)

The Me Nobody Knows was a Tony-nominated musical that debuted on Broadway in 1970. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... The Brecker Brothers was the musical duo of Michael (saxophone and EWI) and Randy Brecker (trumpet and flugelhorn), who recorded several commercially successful jazz fusion albums together in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... Jimmy Maelen was a percussionist in the 1960s-1980s, who worked with many artists including Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Barry Manilow, Alice Cooper, and John Lennon. ... There are a few places named Millington - In the USA: Millington, Illinois Millington, Maryland Millington, Michigan Millington Township, Michigan Millington, Tennessee In Britain: Millington, North Yorkshire Millington, Cheshire and at least one person with this surname: Richard Millington, a British ornithologist This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... Stanley William Turrentine (April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... City Heat is the title of a 1984 action-comedy starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. ... All Dogs Go to Heaven is an animated film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists in 1989. ... George Duke (born 12 January 1946 in San Rafael, California) is a piano and synthesizer pioneer, making a name for himself with the album Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. ... Oleta Adams (born May 4, 1962 in Seattle, Washington) is an American soul and jazz singer. ... Stormbringer (Lancer, 1967) Stormbringer is the name of the infamous black sword featured in a number of fantasy stories by the author Michael Moorcock. ... DJ BoBo René Baumann (born January 5, 1968) better known as DJ BoBo, is a successful Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer and music producer. ... It has been suggested that Members of Morning Musume be merged into this article or section. ...

Cara's Songs Appear On

  • Richard Clayderman - Cinema Passion, Vol. 1 / Remembering the Movies
  • DJ Bobo - Planet Colors
  • Anna Fegi - Every Step of the Way
  • Ilona Irvine - Sweet Memory
  • Starsound Orchestra - Best TV, Movie & Broadway Themes
  • Tokahits - Tokahits
  • Original Soundtrack - Flashdance [Original Soundtrack] / Full Monty [Original Soundtrack]

Filmography

  • Aaron Loves Angela (1975)
  • Apple Pie (1976)
  • Sparkle (1976)
  • On Location with: FAME (1980) (short subject)
  • Fame (1980)
  • Killing 'em Softly (1982)
  • Flashdance (1983) (Song only)
  • D.C. Cab (1983)
  • City Heat (1984)
  • Certain Fury (1985)
  • Busted Up (1986)
  • Long Shot (1988) (Song only)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) (Song only)
  • Caged in Paradiso (1990)
  • China Cry (1991) (Song only)
  • The Magic Voyage (1992) (voice)
  • Happily Ever After (1993) (voice)
  • Snow White and the Magic Mirror (1994) (voice) (direct-to-video)
  • Downtown: A Street Tale (2007) (Song only)

Aaron Loves Angela is a 1975 blaxploitation film, written by Gerald Sanford, and directed by Gordan Parks, Jr. ... For the manga anthology series, see Petit Apple Pie. ... Sparkle is a 1976 blaxploitation film directed by Sam OSteen and released by Warner Bros. ... Fame is a 1980 musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker. ... Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983. ... D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. ... City Heat is the title of a 1984 action-comedy starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. ... All Dogs Go to Heaven is an animated film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists in 1989. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Television Work

Love of Life was an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... Whats Happening!! was an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1976 to 1979. ... Sister, Sister is a 1982 TV movie that stars Diahann Carroll, Rosalind Cash, and Irene Cara. ... Bustin Loose is a movie which stars Richard Pryor as an ex-con who gets a second chance after violating his probation. ... Gabriels fire, an American televison series that ran on ABC in the USA in 1990-1991. ...

See also

Flashdance. ... list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

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