She's gonna live forever
Here's a name you haven't heard in a while: Irene Cara, who turns 48 today. Her signature role was "Coco Hernandez" in 1980's Fame. But after appearances in the unmemorable D.C. Cab (1983) and City Heat (1984), she seems to have fallen off the acting radar.
She started working long before Fame, first as a child on The Electric Company and later on Roots: The Next Generation. And although she'd win fame with Fame, it was her song-writing skills that would land her a Oscar in 1984 for the song "Flashdance ... What a Feeling."
These days, Cara lives in Florida and has formed a new band, Hot Caramel, which performed its first live show right here in St. Petersburg in 2004. In 2005, Cara appeared on TV's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" to perform Flashdance.
Happy birthday, Irene. Here's our present.
Five great quotes about fame:
5. "Fame is morally neutral." -- Edward R. Murrow
4. "Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door." -- Marlo Thomas
3. "I hate fame. I've done everything I can do to avoid it." -- Johnny Depp
2. "In the future we'll have 15 minutes of fame and 15 minutes of health care." -- Nicole Hollander
1. "I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety." -- William Shakespeare