Irene Cara (born Irene Cara Escalera; March 18, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is best known for her roles as title
character Sparkle Williams in the 1976 film Sparkle and Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe
nomination, and her recording of the song "Fame", which became an international hit. Cara also won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category
of Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling", which also became an international hit.