Debbie Allen, Questlove, John Leguizamo and Diane Warren are among Hollywood stalwarts remembering Irene Cara following news of the Oscar-winning performer’s death at age 63.
Cara began her career as a child singer and dancer before breaking out with a 1980 musical film. reputation, in which she starred as Coco Hernandez and sang the title track and “Out Here on My Own”, both of which were nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song. She is best known for the hit tune “Flashdance … What a Feeling” from the 1983 film. Flashdance, which won her an Oscar and a Grammy. Other credits include the 1976 film lightningIn addition to several Broadway productions.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams was among those paying tribute to the New York City native. “Irene Cara sang a New York City song,” he said He tweeted Saturday. “Born in the Bronx, she reached for the stars and provided a soundtrack for the ages. She will be truly missed. Rest in peace.”
Debbie Allen starred in the television version of reputation It was based on a movie and ran for six seasons in the 1980s, He tweeted“My mind is blown. #IreneCara is such a gifted and beautiful talent. Her talent and her music will live on forever! Remember her name forever!”
Condolences were also shared Stranger Things Star Matthew Modine, who Post, “What a presence. What a voice. She defined a decade with her songs.
Below are reminiscences of other notables, including Kim Fields, Holly Robinson Peet and Yvette Nicole Brown.