Irene Cara
Irene Cara
Celebrated Name: Irene Cara
Real Name/Full Name: Irene Cara Escalera
Gender: Female
Age: 65 years old
Birth Date: 18th March 1959
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City
Nationality: American
Height: 5ft 4 inches (1.63)
Weight: 76kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband/Spouse (Name): Conrad Palmisano
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): No
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Profession: Singer, dancer, songwriter and actress
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $5 Million
Last Updated: July 2024

When you talk about multi-talented girls, Irene Cara is one of them. She is a great actress, dancer, singer and songwriter. One of her works is as the singer and co-writer of the song “Flashdance.. What a Feeling” which is from the film Flashdance.

She did such a great job that she received an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Song. She also received a Grammy Award in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Cara started her career in 1980s and she is still doing great to date.

Early Life & Biography

It was on 18th of March in 1959 when this beautiful girl named Irene Cara Escalera was born. Cara is the daughter of Gaspar Escalera who was a factory worker and a retired saxophonist. Her mother’s name is Louise Escalera and is a movie theatre usher.

Her father is Puerto Rican while her mother is Cuban-American making Irene mixed ethnicity. She has two brothers and two sisters but their names are not revealed at the moment.

Irene became popular from a very young age as she was a “Little Miss America” pageant finalist at the age of five years. She would play piano by ear before started studying acting, music and dance seriously. She enrolled for dance classes at the age of 5 years.

Born on 18 March 1959, Irene Cara is 65 years old. Her height is 1.63 m tall, and weight is 76 kg.

Personal Life:

When we are so committed to our careers, we tend to forget our other side of life including falling in love and finding a life partner. This was however not the case with Irene. She fell in love with Stuntman Conrado Palmisano in her youth but Stuntman was 15 years older than Irene.

The two had the same interests career-wise as Conrado Palmisano was a film director and a stuntman. The two got married in Los Angeles, California in 1986 April. However, their union lasted for only five years and they divorced in `1991.

It is clear that she was in another one relationship before she met Conrado. The cause of their divorce is not clear to date. She has also not revealed whether she has dated any other person after her divorce. One thing that is very clear is that she doesn’t have any kids yet.


Not many people are as lucky as Irene Cara was. This girl was introduced into the world of music even before she started schooling. With time, she added dancing and acting classes to her music training. Her professional career started by appearing on Spanish-language television. With time, she became a regular at “Electric Company” which was children’s television show.

In the 70’s Irene was the starring on a television show that was known as “Love of Life”. She was also featured in multiple Off-Broadway shows and mini-series. In 1980, her day of stardom dawned when she appeared on “Fame” as Coco Hernandez.

In addition to this, she recorded two songs and both of them were nominated for Oscars. The song was titled “Fame”. After performing and co-writing a song for the film “Flashdance”, she was rewarded with a second Oscar honour. The song was titled “Flashdance…What a Feeling”.

Awards & Achievements

Irene is a successful dancer, singer and actress. She has won several awards and nominations some of which include; Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Original Song and Best Actress Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. She also won Academy Awards in the category of Best Original Song among others.

Net Worth & Salary of Irene Cara

Irene Cara Net Worth
Irene Cara Net Worth

Irene Cara has earned a lot of wealth through her career as a singer and an actress. Although she is a secretive girl and doesn’t reveal the information of her annual earnings, it is no secret she is a rich woman. As of 2022, her net worth is at $5 Million and is expected to rise even higher. She might be in her early 60s but still very active in music and film industry which is highly contributing to her growing income.

It is not easy to be in the same career for more than 4 decades but still remain active and a great success. This takes a lot of passion and commitment and these are the same qualities that have kept Irene Cara going to date.


  1. Such a wonderful person whose songs brought nothing but happiness during a time people knew how to enjoy themselves through dance and music.she will be greatly missed! Rest in Peace

  2. I loved Irene Cara’s singing, acting, dancing & songwriting talents. She had an infectious smile which always reached her shining eyes. This woman knew how to succeed in whatever she tried, through hard work, incredible talent & the desire to make herself known. The world will miss you very much, Miss Irene, but you will never be forgotten! Thank you for making us smile and giving us joy.


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