Cara co-wrote and sang the song Flashdance... What A Feeling which won her an Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as a Grammy Award. Later, she starred alongside Clint Eastwood as well as Tatum O'Neal in films.
Born in New York City in 1959, Cara was the youngest child of five and began her career in Spanish-language TV. Her father was Puerto Rican, and her mother was Cuban-American.
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she went on to appear in a number of on-and-off Broadway musicals. Her performance earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards.
Cara recorded music in Spanish and English as a child. She was nominated for Best Actress at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards.
Cara married stuntman and film director Conrad Palmisano in Los Angeles in April 1986.They divorced in 1991.]
In 1971–1972, she was a regular on PBS's educational program The Electric Company as a member of the show's band, The Short Circus.
As a child, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record and an English-language Christmas album. She also appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington, which featured Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr. and Roberta Flack
In March 2004, Cara received two honors with an induction into the Ciboney Cafe's Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the sixth annual Prestige Award
In June 2005, Cara won the third round of the NBC television series Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, performing "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" and covered Anastacia's song "I'm Outta Love" with her current all-female band, Hot Caramel.
At the 2006 AFL Grand Final in Melbourne, Cara performed "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" as an opener to the pre-match entertainment.
In 2006, Cara contributed a dance single, titled "Forever My Love", to the compilation album titled Gay Happening Vol. 12.
FiAs of 2016, Cara had residences in both New Port Richey, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was in Hot Caramel, a band which she formed in 1999.[