Irene Cara Undressed
Irene Cara (born Irene Escalera on March 18, 1959 in The Bronx, New York City) is an American singer and actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent.
Image:Irenecara2|jpg.|thumb|232x129px|Irene Cara still sing.
Her career started on Spanish-language television as a child, professionally singing and dancing. From there, Cara appeared in on- and off-Broadway theatrical shows including the musical ''The Me Knowbody Knows'', which won an Obie, and ''Maggie Flynn'', opposite Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy. By age 8, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record; an English Christmas album soon followed.
Her first national exposure was in the educational series ''The Electric Company'', playing a member of the band The Short Circuits.
Her first jobs as a teen came on television, getting a role on the soap ''Love of Life'' and the classic kids' show ''The Electric Company''.
She is best remembered for singing the themes from ''Fame'' and ''Flashdance''. She played Coco Hernandez in ''Fame'', Sparkle in ''Sparkle'', and Angela in romance thriller classic ''Aaron Loves Angela''.
She won both the 1983 Academy Award for Best Song and the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Flashdance (What A Feeling)", from ''Flashdance''.
Along with her successful career in acting, Cara released two albums in the 1980s: ''Anyone Can See'' in 1982, and ''What A Feelin''' in 1983.
In June 2005, Irene won the third round of 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 band, Hot Caramel.