Irene Cara: “Fame” And Fabulous!

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When I was growing up, there were certain movies I saw that I loved enough to watch over and over again. One of those movies was “Fame”. I loved every song and the whole raw feeling of the film. The dancing and music and story line was something I will always remember. It was one of those films you didn’t see just once. And I played the album over and over and over again…

Fame was a 1980 American teen musical drama film that followed a group of students during their studies at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, from their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.


And, Irene Cara (born Irene Cara Escalera; March 18, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress, played Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and her recording of the song “Fame” became an international hit. I adored Irene Cara and her infamous role in the film. She made such an impact on my life in the 80s!

Fame
Irene Cara
I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna learn how to fly
I’m gonna make it to heaven
Baby, remember my name!
Baby, look at me
And tell me what you see
You ain’t seen the best of me yet.
Give me time,
I’ll make you forget the rest.
I got more in me,
And you can set it free
I can catch the moon in my hand
Don’t you know who I am?
Remember my name. Fame!
I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna learn how to fly–high!
I feel it comin’ together
People will see me and cry. Fame!
I’m gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame. Fame!
I’m gonna live forever
Baby, remember my name
Remember, remember, remember, remember,
Remember, remember, remember, remember.
Baby, hold me tight
Cause you can make it right.
You can shoot me straight to the top
Give me love and take all I got to give
Baby, I’ll be tough
Too much is not enough, no
I can ride your heart ’till it breaks.
Ooh, I got what it takes.

 

The 1980 hit movie Fame, catapulted Irene Cara to stardom. Cara was originally cast as a dancer, but when producers David Da Silva and Alan Marshall and screenwriter Christopher Gore heard her voice, they re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song “Fame” and the film’s other single, “Out Here on My Own.”

Out Here on My Own
Irene Cara
Sometimes I wonder where I’ve been,
Who I am,
Do I fit in.
Make believein’ is hard alone,
Out here on my own.
We’re always provin’ who we are,
Always reachin’
For that risin’ star
To guide me far
And shine me home,
Out here on my own.
When I’m down and feelin’ blue,
I close my eyes so I can be with you.
Oh, baby be strong for me;
Baby belong to me.
Help me through.
Help me need you.
Until the morning sun appears
Making light
Of all my fears,
I dry the tears
I’ve never shown,
Out here on my own.
But when I’m down and feelin’ blue,
I close my eyes so I can be with you.
Oh, baby be strong for me;
Baby, belong to me.
Help me through.
Help me need you.
Sometimes I wonder where I’ve been,
Who I am,
Do I fit in.
I may not win,
But I can’t be thrown,
Out here on my own,
Out here on my own.

So, now that I am in a “Fame” kind of mood, here are some memorable songs from this iconic, classic cult film that just take me back to a happy place in time….

Who else loved this film as much as I did? What were your favorite songs? What movies were your iconic favorites?

ICONIC LOOKS FROM FILM FAVORITES

 


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