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 ❤️❤️