#WCW 01.03.18 - Irene Cara

  Irene Cara Escalera  (born March 18, 1959, known professionally as  Irene Cara , is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the international hit song ' Flashdance... What a Feeling ' (from the movie   Flashdance  ), for which she won an  Academy Award for Best Original Song  and a  Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance  in 1984. Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film   Fame  , and for recording the film's title song ' Fame ', which became an international hit. Prior to her success with  Fame , Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film   Sparkle  .  She was also the voice of Beauty in the 1992 Disney film  Beauty & the Beast.

Irene Cara Escalera (born March 18, 1959, known professionally as Irene Cara, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the international hit song 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' (from the movie Flashdance), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984. Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film's title song 'Fame', which became an international hit. Prior to her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.  She was also the voice of Beauty in the 1992 Disney film Beauty & the Beast.