Irene Cara Net Worth

Irene Cara is famous for TOP songs. This singer has written many songs about love, life, struggle and everything else that people laugh, nod their head or cry to. Irene Cara is a Singer-songwriter, actress from American. Receiving domestic and worldwide recognition, Irene Cara can still be labelled a family person due to close relationships with Louise Cara, Gaspar Cara, unknown unknown unknown. Of course it is hard to divide time between family matters and being an awesome singer, but Irene Cara manages to do that. But what about money? Does being a singer pays off? Sure thing, because Irene Cara has a net worth of $4 Million.

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Irene is of mixed ancestry, as her father is Afro-Puerto Rican, while her mother is of Cuban descent; she was the youngest of five children, and her career began when she was three years old, becoming one of the finalists of the “Little Miss America” pageant. She then started playing piano, and by five years of age, was taking dance, acting and piano lessons. By the time she was nine, she was already in the theatre and on TV; she made her debut in the stage production “Maggie Flynn” in 1968, and then featured in several other plays including “The Me Nobody Knows” (1970), “Via Galactica” (1972), “The Wiz” (1980), and “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1993), among others, all of which increased her net worth.

Her musical career also began in the late 1960s, with the album “Esta Es Irene”, released through GEMA records. Her next album didn`t come out until 1982, called “Anyone Can See”, and it reached No. 76 on the US Hot 100 chart. Only a year later, out came “What A Feelin`”, reaching No. 77 on the charts, and in 1987 her next album “Carasmatic” was released through Elektra Records.

In 2011 Cara`s newest album was released, called “Irene Cara Presents: Hot Caramel”.

Most of her net worth Irene has earned through her on-screen acting career. She made her debut in the soap opera “Love Of Life” (1970-1971), and in 1971 was cast as Iris in the children show “The Electric Company”, until 1972. During the 1970s she made the cast in films and TV series such as “Aron Loves Angela” (1975) portraying Angela, in the title role “Sparkle” (1976), and in “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979). In 1980 he was selected for the role of Coco in the film “Fame” (1980), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and in 1982 she starred with Nicholas Campbell and Barbara Cook in the film “Killing `em Softly”, which increased further her net worth.Two years later she appeared in Richard Benjamin`s “City Heat”, with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds as leads, and in 1985 she featured in Stephen Gyllenhaal`s film “Certain Fury”, alongside Tatum O` Neal and Nicholas Campbell. By the end of the 1980s, Irene had appeared in the film “Busted Up” (1986). In 1990 she voiced Snow White in “Happily Ever After” and her last role was the voice of Marilyn in “The Magic Voyage” (1992), which only added a substantial amount to her net worth.

Thanks to her skills Irene has received several prestigious awards, including an Academy Award in the category Best Original Song for “Flashdance…What A Feeling”, and a Grammy Award in the category Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special for the same film. Furthermore she won the Image Award in the category Best Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Drama Special for “Sister, Sister” (1982).

Regarding her personal life, Irene was married to Conrad Pamisano from 1986 until 1991. Other than that, nothing is known about Cara’s private life in the media.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Irene Cara
  • Net Worth: $4 Million
  • Date Of Birth: March 18th 1959
  • Place Of Birth: The Bronx, New York, U.S.
  • Height: 1.63 m
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, actress
  • Education: Professional Children’s School
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Conrad E. Palmisano (m. 1986–1991)
  • Parents: Louise Cara, Gaspar Cara
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/irene_cara
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001011
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/irene-cara-mn0000086826
  • Awards: Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song (1983), Academy Award for Best Original Song ()1983), Grammy Awards – Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special/Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (1984)
  • Albums: “Downtown: A Street Tale” (12007), “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989), “City Heat” (1984), “Flashdance” (1983), “Fame” (1980), “Irene Cara presents: Hot Caramel” (2011), “Carasmatic” (1987), “What a Feelin’” (1983), “Anyone Can See” (1982)
  • Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (1980)
  • Movies: Aaron Loves Angela, Sparkle, Fame, Sister, Sister, For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story, City Heat, Certain Fury, Happily Ever After, The Magic Voyage, The Jungle King, Roots: The Next Generations, Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion Live, Killing ’em Softly
  • TV Shows: “The Electric Company” (1971-1977), “Love of Life” (1951-1980), “Search for Tomorrow” (1951-1986)

Quotes

  • “It’s important for me to get back to my fans here and around the world. I feel very, very blessed that so many people have continued to write me and to pour out their love for me and my work.” – ( Star Magazine April 5, 1993)
  • “I refuse to let anybody try to typecast me. “It’s against my nature. I like to continually do different things.” – (Video Rock Stars 1985)
  • “I knew people would be saying mean things about me copying Donna Summer and trying to follow in her footsteps by using her producer. But by the time Flashdance had come out I had established my own identity. I wasn’t worried about people saying I was just a Donna copy.” – (TV Week Magazine May 12, 1984)
  • “I didn’t get where I am because of looks. “I’ve done it on talent! I’ve never had to depend on my looks for anything. I haven’t sat around and tried to look pretty. – I’ve worked my butt off!” – (Ebony Magazine July 1981)
  • I love taxis. Cabbies are the best therapists, good listeners, good talkers, working-class people i hope never to lose contact with.
  • I don’t mean to sound immodest, but I’d never had any doubt that I’d be successful, nor any fear of success. I was raised as a little goddess who was told she would be a star. – Cosmo Magazine 1985

Facts

  • Lives in Florida, and has put together a new band, Caramel [July 2001]
  • As of 2009, Cara is the only black woman to win an Oscar outside the acting categories.
  • She has her own production studio.
  • Announced the making of her own all-girl band called Hot Caramel.
  • Graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan, a rival of the Laguardia High School of Music & Art on which her debut movie “Fame” is based.
  • Her age has always been a confusing mystery by biographers who stated her birth year as either 1964 or 1959 from the day she shot to fame. But in July 2004 the mystery was finally solved when the Associated Press obtained her voter registration records from Florida, where she lived, and confirmed her birth year as 1959. Miss Cara disputes this, and says it was not her voters registration. She claims she has never voted and her correct date of birth is March 18th 1962.
  • Has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
  • Parents are Gaspar and Louise Cara.
  • On March 27, 2004, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 6th Annual Prestige Awards. She was also inducted a week earlier into the Ciboney Cafe’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
  • On June 22, 2004, two of her movie theme songs, “Flashdance…What a Feeling” (#55) from Flashdance (1983) and “Fame” (#51) from Fame (1980), were selected by the board of the American Film Institute in its list of 100 Years of the Greatest Songs.
  • Use to sing back-up vocals for quite a few stars, including Vicki Sue Robinson and Lou Reed.
  • Wrote the lyrics to “Flashdance..What a Feeling” with co-writer Keith Forsey while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it. The music for Flashdance was written by Giorgio Moroder and the after result was not only a #1 record, it also won them an Oscar and a Grammy.
  • Was awarded the trophy for Top Actress of 1976 after being selected in a poll compiled by readers of Right On! magazine.
  • Was one of the five finalists for the Little Miss America pageant at age 3.
  • Performed Flashdance…What a Feeling on March 14, 2003 at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers 1983 Championship team.
  • Her #1 hit “Flashdance…What a Feeling” was ranked #67 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
  • At age 10 she appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington with Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr. and Roberta Flack.
  • Recorded her first record in Spanish for the Latin Market by age 8 and a Christmas LP in English soon after.
  • She was the first artist to perform two nominated songs at the Academy Awards, when in 1981, for the first time, two songs from one film (Fame (1980)) were nominated for Best Original Song: “Fame” and ‘Out here on My Own.” The former won.
  • Chosen by Francesco Scavullo for his 1980s book on some of the most beautiful women in the entertainment business. Irene shared the pages with supermodel Gia Carangi, Diahann Carroll, and Brooke Shields.
  • Won a bitter lawsuit with her managers over money and career issues in the 1990s.
  • Her father Gaspar is of African American and Puerto Rican descent, and her mother Louise is of French and Cuban descent.
  • Won the Oscar for best song in 1984 for the song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” which she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder.
  • Listed as one of twelve Promising New Actors of 1976 in John Willis’s “Screen World,” Vol. 28.
  • (award) Japan Radio Hit Research Committee: Most Popular Disc Award [1980]
  • (award) Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist [1980]
  • (award) Cashbox Magazine: Most Promising Female Vocalist [1980]
  • (award) Billboard Magazine: Top New Single Artist [1980]
  • Grammy Awards: Nomination – Best New Artist [1981]
  • Grammy Awards: Nomination – Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female [1981]
  • Academy Awards (not recipient: sang both songs) [1981]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Pop Single of the Year [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Top Pop Crossover Artist – Black Contemporary Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Adult Contemporary Vocalist – Pop Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Black Contemporary – Pop Singles [1983]
  • Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist – Pop Singles [1983]
  • Bravo Magazine: Otto Award, Most Popular Female Singer [1983]
  • American Music Awards: Best Pop Single of the Year [1983]
  • American Music Awards: Best R&B Female Artist nomination [1983]
  • Alpha Music Program in Japan: #1 Female Vocalist from Sendai TV’s “Saturday Magazine” [1983]
  • Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female [1984]
  • Golden Eagle Awards: Nosotros – Latin America Performer of the Year [1984]
  • Latino Playwrights Award: Award of Recognition. [1985]
  • Actress, singer, and songwriter.
  • Born at 10:41am-EST

Filmography

Actress
Title Year Status Character
The Magic Voyage 1992 Marilyn (English version, voice)
Hearts Are Wild 1992 TV Series
Gabriel’s Fire 1991 TV Series Celine Bird
Caged in Paradiso 1990 Eva
Happily Ever After 1990 Snow White (voice)
Bustin’ Loose 1988 TV Series
Busted Up 1986 Simone
Certain Fury 1985 Tracy Freeman
City Heat 1984 Ginny Lee
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters 1984 Video short Cameo appearance (uncredited)
American Playhouse 1983 TV Series Myrlie Evers
Killing ’em Softly 1982 Jane
Sister, Sister 1982 TV Movie Sissy Lovejoy
Fame 1980 Coco
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones 1980 TV Movie Alice Jefferson
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Bertha Palmer Haley
What’s Happening!! 1977 TV Series Maria
Apple Pie 1976 Dancer
Kojak 1976 TV Series Amy
Sparkle 1976 Sparkle
Aaron Loves Angela 1975 Angela
The Electric Company 1971-1972 TV Series Iris – Member of the Short Circus
Love of Life 1951 TV Series Daisy Allen (1970-1971)
Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
Busted Up 1986 performer: “Busted Up”, “Dying For Your Love”, “I Can’t Help Feeling Empty”, “She Works Hard for Her Money” / writer: “Busted Up”, “I Can’t Help Feeling Empty”
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special performer: “Here’s to the Losers”
The Longshot 1986 performer: “The Longshot” / producer: “The Longshot”
Certain Fury 1985 performer: “A Certain Fury”
That’s Dancing! 1985 Documentary lyrics: “Flashdance. . .What A Feeling” / performer: “Fame”, “Flashdance. . .What A Feeling”
City Heat 1984 performer: “Embraceable You”, “Get Happy” / writer: “City Heat”
Going Bananas 1984 TV Series performer: “Going Bananas”
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary performer: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” / writer: “Flashdance… What a Feeling”
Fame TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 1984 performer – 1 episode, 1984 writer – 1 episode, 1984 arranger – 1 episode, 1982
Zeg ‘ns Aaa TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 1984 performer – 1 episode, 1984
D.C. Cab 1983 lyrics: “The Dream” / performer: “The Dream”
Flashdance 1983 lyrics: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” / performer: “Flashdance… What a Feeling”
Killing ’em Softly 1982 performer: “City Nights”
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special performer: “Fame”, “Out Here on My Own”
Fame 1980 performer: “Hot Lunch Jam” 1979, “Fame” 1980, “Out Here On My Own” 1980, “I Sing The Body Electric” 1979, “Singin’ in the Rain” 1929 uncredited
Sparkle 1976 performer: “JUMP”, “Hooked On Your Love”, “Something He Can Feel”, “Look Into Your Heart”, “Loving You Baby”, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”
Lorraine TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 2016 performer – 1 episode, 2016
The Simpsons TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 2016 performer – 1 episode, 2016
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Who’s Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer – 1 episode
UK Championship Snooker 2015 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2001-2015 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode, 2014 writer – 1 episode, 2014
Hungry Hearts 2014 lyrics: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” / performer: “Flashdance… What a Feeling”
Tu cara me suena – Argentina 2014 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2014 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
The Internship 2013 performer: “Flashdance… What A Feeling” / writer: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”
Celebrity Splash! Australia TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2013 writer – 1 episode, 2013
The Voice Israel 2013 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Girls 2013 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The X Factor TV Series writer – 1 episode, 2012 lyrics – 1 episode, 2010 performer – 1 episode, 2007
Dancing Stars 2012 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Glee TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
Britain’s Got Talent TV Series performer – 2 episodes, 2011 – 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2011 lyrics – 1 episode, 2011
American Idol 2003-2012 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series performer – 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2010 writer – 1 episode, 2010
Miss Tacuarembó 2010 lyrics: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”
20 to 1 TV Series documentary lyrics – 1 episode, 2010 performer – 1 episode, 2010
Nacidas para sufrir 2009 lyrics: “Flashdance… What a Feeling”
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Grey’s Anatomy 2009 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Fama ¡a bailar! TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 2008 performer – 1 episode, 2008
What Happens in Vegas 2008 writer: “Flashdance…What a Feeling”
Nip/Tuck 2008 TV Series performer – 1 episode
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance 2007 writer: “Flashdance What A Feeling”
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2006 writer – 1 episode, 2006
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Idol 2005 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special “Fame”
Idol – Jakten på en superstjerne 2005 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Elephant Shoes 2005 writer: “Flashdance What a Feeling”
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2004 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 2004 Video Game “Flashdance… What A Feeling”
Downtown: A Street Tale 2004 performer: “Downtown” remake
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Hrvatski Idol 2004 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Super Idol 2004 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Idols 2003 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Idols 2003 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle 2003 performer: “Flashdance… What A Feeling” / writer: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Idol 2003 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Disco Ball 2003 TV Special lyrics: “Flashdance. . .What A Feeling” / performer: “Flashdance. . .What A Feeling”
Atomic Kitten: Kitten Diaries 2002 TV Movie documentary lyrics: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” – uncredited / performer: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” – uncredited
Six Feet Under TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2002 writer – 1 episode, 2002
Un paso adelante TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 2002 performer – 1 episode, 2002
Ally McBeal 2002 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Operación triunfo 2002 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Popular 2000 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Full Monty 1997 “Flashdance What a Feeling ’95” 1983 / lyrics: “Flashdance What a Feeling ’95” 1983
Kommissar Rex 1995 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Hasta luego cocodrilo TV Series lyrics – 1 episode, 1992 performer – 1 episode, 1992
The Magic Voyage 1992 performer: “We’ll Always Be Together”
Caged in Paradiso 1990 performer: “Paradiso”
China Cry: A True Story 1990 performer: “No One But You”
Happily Ever After 1990 performer: “Love is the Reason”
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 performer: “Love Survives”
Self
Title Year Status Character
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Herself – Guest
Bring Back… Fame 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Gone Country 2008 TV Series Herself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Herself
My Music: Movie Songs 2007 TV Movie Herself
9am with David & Kim 2006 TV Series Herself – Guest
Any Given Sunday 2006 TV Series Herself
Die ultimative Chartshow 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time 2005 TV Series Herself
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion 2004 TV Special documentary Herself
The Disco Ball 2003 TV Special Herself
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 2001 TV Series Herself
Wetten, dass..? 2001 TV Series Herself – Guest
I Love 1980’s 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Beyond Awareness to Action: Ending Abuse of Women 1995 Video short Herself – Host
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 19th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Sábado noche 1988 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself – Performer & Presenter
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1984 TV Special Herself
The Annual American Image Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
Solid Gold 1980-1984 TV Series Herself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Herself – Performer & Winner: Best Original Song
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
The Dorsey Robinson Show 1984 TV Series Herself Guest Co- Host
Fame 1984 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Herself – Performer
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1984 TV Special documentary Herself
D.C. Cab 1983 Herself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Herself
Professor Hope’s Thanksgiving Campus Comedy Capers 1983 TV Movie Herself
Na sowas! 1983 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1980-1983 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
The Pop ‘N’ Rocker Game 1983 TV Series Herself
Kids Are People, Too 1981-1982 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1982 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself – Performer
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself – Nominee
On Location with: FAME 1980 Documentary short Herself – ‘Coco’
Soul Train 1980 TV Series documentary Herself
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series Herself – Musical Guest
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Herself
Musical Chairs 1975 TV Series Herself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now 1971 Documentary short Herself – ‘The Me Nobody Knows’ Cast Member
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Herself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1982 2016 TV Movie documentary Herself
Tu cara me suena – Argentina 2014 TV Series Herself
100 Greatest Teen Stars 2006 TV Mini-Series Herself
Oscar’s Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Herself
Style Wars 1983 TV Movie documentary Herself

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