Question: What star of The Accused revealed during filming that she herself had been raped six years earlier?
Last Question: What Fame star reached number one with the theme from Flashdance?
Answer: Irene Cara
The 1980 hit movie Fame catapulted Irene Cara to stardom. Cara was originally cast as a dancer, and when production heard her voice they re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song “Fame” and the film’s second hit single “Out Here on My Own”. These songs, the only hit songs from the movie, helped make the film’s soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year: It was the first time two songs from one film were nominated in the same category (“Fame” and “Out Here on My Own”) and both were sung by Cara. “Fame” ended up winning.
In 1983, Cara appeared as herself in the film D.C. Cab, which is a film about a group of cabbies. The movie stars Mr. T. One of the characters, Tyrone played by Charlie Barnett, is an obsessed Cara fan who decorated his Checker Cab as a shrine to her. The movie featured my personal favorite song by Irene Cara – “The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)”:
In 1983, Cara reached the peak of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”. The song won her the following awards: 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.
Cara lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel.
One more fun fact – Irene Cara appeared on the first season of The Electric Company as part of The Short Circus:
Aah, just for fun, here is the opening most of us are probably more familiar with. Unfortunately, Cara was long gone by then: