Sleep Well Irene

In 1980 a tiny movie titled Fame came out about life at New York’s High School For Performing Arts. The most memorable character for me in that film was Coco played by Irene Cara. Coco on the outside was self-confident and smart and skilled as a dancer, singer and musician ( she played the piano) but her need for fame compromised who she was on the inside. Irene owned that role. Her star would continue to rise singing “Flashdance What a Feeling” in 1982. That song earned her an Oscar for Best Original Song as well as a Golden Globe and Grammy. Irene passed away on Friday Nov 25 at 63.

Her death has hit me hard maybe because she was only 8 years older than me. Maybe because I grew up to her music. My sister and I would dance around our bedroom pretending we were on stage lip synching to “ I’m gonna live forever I’m gonna learn how to fly.” She had such elegance and grace as a performer and personally that she was relatable and appreciated all that she had. I hope she was at peace and knew how much she was loved by her fans and how much she touched so many young girls like my sister and I. What a beautiful soul will be sorely missed.

Stay safe stay well ❤️❤️

10 thoughts on “Sleep Well Irene

  1. RIP Irene Carr. 🙏🤲 It was an exciting film, which showed showbusiness ‘warts and all’. Well before the ‘Me too’ movement. Caution – it had a ’15’ rating on release for a reason – not a recommended watch for children! 😬🙈😅The tv series was a necessary watch every week for me! 😁

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    1. I did see the tv series too. Oh I watched Fame with my sister years later and there are some cringe worthy scenes but the heart of that film is about dedication and desire to perform. The song at the end of that movie says it all
      When I heard Saturday morning she had passed I cried. When I was writing this post I was crying because she was someone from my generation that I admired.

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  2. I remember the show and I think I may have watched it once or twice. It was not a necessity for me, but I do remember they style back then. Oh, those leg warmer look. I had two things going through
    my mind. Fame and Flashdance ( not the song, the movie) with Jennifer Beals which was filmed in
    Pittsburgh PA. That was definitely a time and feeling of it’s own. As we age, oh how it brings back
    memories when someone we enjoyed and was a part of our life visually or audibly. But nice to know
    she left her mark.

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