Birth Name: Irene Cara Escalera
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York City, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 18, 1959
*Puerto Rican (father)
Irene Cara is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She is known for the songs Fame and Flashdance… What a Feeling, among others.
Her father, Gaspar Escalera, a saxophonist, is Puerto Rican, from San Juan, and is of heavily/predominantly African ancestry. Her mother, Louise (Betancourt), is of Cuban descent. Irene has performed in Spanish. A picture of Irene with her parents can be seen here.
Irene’s paternal grandfather was named Ramón Escalera (the son of Agapito Escalera and Simplicia).
Irene’s paternal grandmother was Cruz Figueras (the daughter of Mario Figueras and Irene Gonzalez).