The Info List - Irene Cara

Irene Cara Escalera (born March 18, 1959),[3][4][5] known professionally as Irene Cara, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Cara sang and co-wrote the international hit song 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' (from the movie Flashdance), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song [6] and a Grammy
Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance[7] in 1984. Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film's title song 'Fame', which became an international hit. Prior to her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Fame (1980) and international acclaim 2.2 Post-Fame 1980-1999 2.3 21st century

3 Personal life 4 Discography

4.1 Studio albums 4.2 Soundtrack appearances 4.3 Singles 4.4 Vocal appearances on other albums

5 Stage acting 6 Filmography

6.1 Television 6.2 Film

7 Awards and nominations 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit]

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Cara was born in The Bronx, New York City, the youngest of five children.[8] Her father, Gaspar Escalera, a factory worker and retired saxophonist, was Afro-Puerto Rican,[8] and her mother, Louise, a cinema usher, was Cuban-American. Cara has two sisters and two brothers. At the age of three, Irene Cara was one of five finalists for the "Little Miss America" pageant. She began to play the piano by ear, then studied music, acting, and dance seriously, first having dance lessons, aged five.[8] Her performing career started on Spanish-language television, professionally singing and dancing. She made early TV appearances on the Original Amateur Hour
Original Amateur Hour
(singing in Spanish) and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. In 1971–72, aged 13, she was a regular on PBS's educational program The Electric Company, as a member of the show's band, The Short Circus.[8] As a child, Cara recorded a Latin-market Spanish-language record and an English Christmas album. She also appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington that also featured Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Roberta Flack. Career[edit]

Boggs describes Cara as a "perfectionist" who works on a song until absolutely satisfied with it.[2] “ ”


Cara appeared in on-and off-Broadway theatrical shows including the musicals Ain't Misbehavin', The Me Nobody Knows (which won an Obie Award), Maggie Flynn
Maggie Flynn
opposite Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
and Jack Cassidy, and Via Galactica with Raúl Juliá. Cara was the original Daisy Allen on the 1970s daytime serial Love of Life. Next came her role as Angela in romance/thriller Aaron Loves Angela, followed by her portrayal of the title character in Sparkle. Television brought Cara international acclaim for serious dramatic roles in two outstanding mini-series, Roots: The Next Generations and Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28, named her one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976"; that same year, a readers' poll in Right On! magazine named her Top Actress. Cara graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. Fame (1980) and international acclaim[edit] The 1980 hit movie Fame, directed by Alan Parker, 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." These songs helped make the film's soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made at the Academy Awards
Academy Awards
that year: it was the first time two songs from the same film were nominated in the same category and both sung by the same artist. Thus, Cara had the opportunity to be one of the few singers to perform more than one song at the Oscar ceremony; "Fame," written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, won the award that year. Cara earned Grammy
nominations in 1980 for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress
in a Musical. Billboard named her Top New Single Artist, while Cashbox Magazine awarded her both Most Promising Female Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist. Asked by Fame TV series' producers to reprise her role as Coco Hernandez, she declined so as to focus her attention on her recording career. As a result, Erica Gimpel assumed the role. Post-Fame 1980-1999[edit] Cara was slated to star in her own sitcom, Irene, on NBC
in 1981. Even though the pilot aired and received favorable reviews, the network did not pick it up for its fall season. It also starred veteran performers Kaye Ballard
Kaye Ballard
and Teddy Wilson, as well as newcomers Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy
and Keenen Ivory Wayans. In 1983, Cara appeared as herself in the film D.C. Cab, which is a film about a group of cabbies. The movie stars Mr. T. One of the characters, Tyrone played by Charlie Barnett, is an obsessed Cara fan who decorated his Checker Cab
Checker Cab
as a shrine to her. Her contribution to the film's soundtrack, "The Dream (Hold on To Your Dream)" played over the closing credits of the film, and was a minor hit, peaking at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
in February 1984. In 1982, Cara earned the Image Award for Best Actress
when she co-starred with Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
and Rosalind Cash
Rosalind Cash
in the NBC
Movie of the Week, Maya Angelou's Sister, Sister. Cara portrayed Myrlie Evers-Williams in the PBS TV movie about civil rights leader Medgar Evers, For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers
Medgar Evers
Story; and earned an NAACP Image Award Best Actress
nomination. She also appeared in 1982's Killing 'em Softly. In addition to her music and film work, Cara also continued to perform in live theater during this period. In the summer of 1980, she briefly played the role of Dorothy in The Wiz
The Wiz
on tour, in a role that Stephanie Mills
Stephanie Mills
had first portrayed in the original Broadway production. Coincidentally, Cara and Mills had shared the stage together as children in the original 1968 Broadway musical Maggie Flynn, starring Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
and Jack Cassidy, in which both young girls played Civil War orphans. In 1983, Cara reached the peak[citation needed] of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance: "Flashdance... What A Feeling", which she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
and Keith Forsey. Cara penned the lyrics to the song with Keith Forsey while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it; Moroder composed the music. Cara admitted later that she was initially reluctant to work with Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
because she had no wish to invite further comparisons with another artist who worked with Moroder, Donna Summer.[9] But the collaboration paid off and became a hit in several countries, garnering numerous accolades for Cara. She won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Song (Oscar), 1984 Grammy
Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Original Song, and American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year. "Flashdance..." was re-recorded by Cara twice: in 1995 as a track in the original soundtrack for the movie "The Full Monty"; the second time in 2002, as a duet with Swiss artist DJ BoBo. In 1984, she was in the comedic thriller City Heat, co-starring opposite Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
and Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
and singing the standards "Embraceable You" and "Get Happy." She also co-wrote the theme song "City Heat", which was sung by the jazz vocalist Joe Williams. In May of that year she scored her final Top 40 hit with "Breakdance" going to #8. The follow up, "You Were Made for Me" reached #78 that summer but then she never charted on the Hot 100 again. In 1985, Cara co-starred with Tatum O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal
in Certain Fury, an exploitation underachiever about two troubled young women who flee a court hearing and are mistaken for killers. In 1986, Cara appeared in the film Busted Up. She also provided the voice of Snow White
Snow White
in the unofficial sequel to Disney's Snow White
Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs, Filmation's Happily Ever After, in 1993. That same year, she appeared as Mary Magdalene in a tour of Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar
opposite Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Dennis DeYoung. Along with her career in acting and hit singles, Cara released several albums: Anyone Can See
Anyone Can See
in 1982, What A Feelin'
What A Feelin'
in 1983, and Carasmatic in 1987, the most successful of these being What A Feelin. In 1985, she collaborated with the Hispanic group Hermanos in the song "Cantaré, cantarás," in which she sang a solo segment with the Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo. Cara toured Europe and Asia throughout the 1990s, achieving several modest dance hits on European charts, but no US chart hits. She released a compilation of Eurodance singles in the mid to late 1990s entitled Precarious 90's. Cara has also worked as a backup vocalist for Vicki Sue Robinson, Lou Reed, George Duke, Oleta Adams
Oleta Adams
and Evelyn "Champagne" King. 21st century[edit] 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 Awards. 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
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. As of 2016, Cara divided her residence between New Port Richey, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works with her band Hot Caramel, which she formed in 1999.[10] Their album called Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel was released on April 4, 2011. Cara appeared in season 2 of CMT's reality show Gone Country,. Personal life[edit] Cara married stuntman and film director Conrad Palmisano (who was 15 years her senior) in Los Angeles, California in April 1986[11] and they divorced in 1991.[12] Discography[edit] Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position


1968 Esta Es Irene

Released: 1968 Formats: LP Label: GEMA

— — — — — — — —

1982 Anyone Can See

Released: 1982 Formats: CD, Cassette Label: Network

76 NA NA — — — — —

1983 What a Feelin'

Released: 1983 Formats: LP, CD, Cassette Label: Network, Epic (LP)

77 49 NA — 29 8 — NA

1987 Carasmatic

Released: 1987 Formats: CD, Cassette Label: Elektra Records

— — — — — — — —

2011 Irene Cara presents: Hot Caramel

Released: 2011 Formats: CD, Digital Label: Caramel Productions Music Inc.

— — — — — — — —

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Album Track(s)

1971 The Me Nobody Knows "Black"

1980 Fame "Fame", "Out Here on My Own", "Hot Lunch Jam", "I Sing the Body Electric"

1983 Flashdance "Flashdance... What a Feeling"

1983 D.C. Cab "The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)"

1984 City Heat "Embraceable You", "Get Happy"

1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven "Love Survives" (with Freddie Jackson)

1991 China Cry "No One But You"

2007 Downtown: A Street Tale "Downtown"


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1980 "Fame" 4 1 — — 1 — — 1 — — Fame (soundtrack)

"Out Here on My Own" 19 — 20 — 58 — — — — —

1982 "Anyone Can See" 42 — — — — — — — — — Anyone Can See

"My Baby (He's Something Else)" — — — — — — — — — —

1983 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" from the Flashdance
Soundtrack 1 1 4 2 2 4 3 17 1 1 What a Feelin'

"Why Me?" 13 7 — 41 86 — 17 — 5 4

"The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream)" from the D.C. Cab
D.C. Cab
Soundtrack 37 26 — 65 — — — — — —

1984 "Breakdance" 8 13 — 23 88 — n/a — — 20

"You Were Made for Me" 78 — 10 83 — — — — — —

1987 "Girlfriends" — — — — — — — — — — Carasmatic

2001 "What a Feeling" (with DJ BoBo) — — — — — 11 3 — — 2 Planet Colors

2004 "Downtown" — — — — — — — — — — Downtown: A Street Tale (soundtrack)

"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Vocal appearances on other albums[edit]

1986: The Brecker Brothers
The Brecker Brothers
– Détente (background) 1987: Jimmy Maelen – Beats Workin' 1992: Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
– Home Again 2001: DJ Bobo
DJ Bobo
– Planet Colors 2002: DJ Bobo
DJ Bobo
– Celebration

Stage acting[edit]

1968: Maggie Flynn 1970: The Me Nobody Knows 1972: Via Galactica 1978: Ain't Misbehavin' (replaced by Charlayne Woodard during previews) 1979: Got Tu Go Disco 1980: The Wiz 1993: Jesus Christ Superstar 1996: What a Feeling!: The Rock & Pop Musicals in Concert

Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note

1970–71 Love of Life Daisy Allen Daytime drama

1971–72 The Electric Company Iris Band member of the Short Circus

1976 Kojak Amy Episode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"

1977 What's Happening!! Maria Episode: "Rerun Gets Married"

1979 Roots: The Next Generations Bertha Palmer Haley Miniseries (3 episodes)

1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Alice Jefferson Movie

1981 Irene Irene Cannon Movie

1983 For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers
Medgar Evers
Story Myrlie Evers American Playhouse movie

1988 Bustin' Loose Herself Episode: "What's a Nice Girl Like You...?"

1991 Gabriel's Fire Celine Bird Episode: "Birds Gotta Fly"

1992 Hearts Are Wild Dorah Episode 1.8


Year Title Role Note

1975 Aaron Loves Angela Angela

1976 Sparkle Sparkle Williams

1976 Apple Pie Dancer

1980 Fame Coco Hernandez

1982 Killing 'em Softly Jane

1982 Sister, Sister Sissy Lovejoy

1983 D.C. Cab Herself

1984 City Heat Ginny Lee

1985 Certain Fury Tracy

1986 Busted Up Simone Bird

1990 Caged in Paradiso Eva

1990 Happily Ever After Snow White Voice role

1992 Beauty and the Beast Beauty Voice role

1992 The Magic Voyage Marilyn Voice role

1994 The Jungle King Leonette Voice role; direct-to-video

1995 Beyond Awareness to Action: Ending Abuse of Women Herself/host Documentary short

2004 Downtown: A Street Tale Neighbor Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1980 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Actress
– Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Fame Nominated

1983 Best Original Song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (shared with Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
and Keith Forsey) Won

Academy Awards Best Original Song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (shared with Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
and Keith Forsey) Won

1984 Grammy
Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special Flashdance: Original Soundtrack (shared with other songwriters) Won

Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Won

See also[edit]

Puerto Rico portal Biography portal Film portal Dance portal Theatre portal

Book: Irene Cara

List of famous Puerto Ricans List of number-one hits (United States) List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.) List of number-one dance hits (United States) List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance chart


^ "Irene Cara". www.nndb.com.  ^ a b "Irene Cara:A Show Biz Veteran at Age 22". XXXVI (9). July 1981: 88. ISSN 0012-9011.  ^ Bob McCann, Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Actresses in Film and Television, McFarland & Company, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7864-3790-0, p. 67. ^ Stange, Ellen Silver (March 10, 2016). "New York State of Fame". Page Publishing Inc – via Google Books.  ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (2009). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Google Books. Routledge. Retrieved October 1, 2017.  ^ "The 56th Academy Awards
Academy Awards
- 1984".  ^ " Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
– Grammys Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". www.awardsandshows.com.  ^ a b c d Sheff, David (November 10, 1980). "After 16 Years in Showbiz, Irene Cara, 21, Gets Her Diploma in Movies with Fame". People. Retrieved June 18, 2016.  ^ "NewsBank InfoWeb".  ^ "Ready For An Encore". People. July 9, 2001. Retrieved June 17, 2016.  ^ "Oscar-winning singer-actress Irene Cara married veteran stuntman Conrad Palmisano". UPI. April 14, 1986. Retrieved June 17, 2016.  ^ McCann, Bob (December 8, 2009). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 68. Retrieved June 17, 2016.  ^ Irene Cara, US R&B chart positions Retrieved January 31, 2016. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 92. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

External links[edit]

Official website Irene Cara on IMDb Irene Cara at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Irene Cara at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

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Irene Cara

Studio albums

Anyone Can See
Anyone Can See
(1982) What a Feelin'
What a Feelin'
(1983) Carasmatic


"Fame" (1980) "Out Here on My Own" (1980) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (1983) "Why Me?" (1983) "Breakdance" (1984) "You Were Made for Me" (1984)

Book:Irene Cara

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Academy Award for Best Original Song


"The Continental"

Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Herb Magidson (1934)

"Lullaby of Broadway"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin (1935)

"The Way You Look Tonight"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Dorothy Fields

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens
Harry Owens

"Thanks for the Memory"

Music: Ralph Rainger Lyrics: Leo Robin (1938)

"Over the Rainbow"

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E. Y. Harburg (1939)

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

Music: Leigh Harline Lyrics: Ned Washington (1940)


"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon
Mack Gordon

"Swinging on a Star"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Johnny Burke (1944)

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer


Music: Allie Wrubel Lyrics: Ray Gilbert (1947)

"Buttons and Bows"

Music: Jay Livingston Lyrics: Ray Evans (1948)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Music and lyrics: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser

"Mona Lisa"

Music and lyrics: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston


"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin Lyrics: Ned Washington (1952)

"Secret Love"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1953)

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1955)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Music and lyrics: Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn


Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner

"High Hopes"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis
Manos Hatzidakis


"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Music: Johnny Mandel Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1965)

"Born Free"

Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black (1966)

" Talk
to the Animals"

Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (1967)

"The Windmills of Your Mind"

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1968)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David
Hal David

"For All We Know"

Music: Fred Karlin Lyrics: Robb Royer
Robb Royer
and Jimmy Griffin (1970)


"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes

"The Morning After"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1972)

"The Way We Were"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1973)

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1974)

"I'm Easy"

Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"

Music: Barbra Streisand Lyrics: Paul Williams (1976)

"You Light Up My Life"

Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks (1977)

"Last Dance"

Music and lyrics: Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)


Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)


"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

Music and lyrics: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen (1981)

"Up Where We Belong"

Music: Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
and Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics: Will Jennings (1982)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (1983)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

"Take My Breath Away"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Tom Whitlock (1986)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Music: Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz Lyrics: Franke Previte (1987)

"Let the River Run"

Music and lyrics: Carly Simon
Carly Simon

"Under the Sea"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1989)

"Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim


"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Colors of the Wind"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1995)

"You Must Love Me"

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"My Heart Will Go On"

Music: James Horner Lyrics: Will Jennings (1997)

"When You Believe"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998)

"You'll Be in My Heart"

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins
Phil Collins

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan


"If I Didn't Have You ( Disney

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman

"Lose Yourself"

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyrics: Eminem

"Into the West"

Music and lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
and Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul
DJ Paul

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

"Falling Slowly"

Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová

"Jai Ho"

Music: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Gulzar

"The Weary Kind"

Music and lyrics: Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
and T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman


"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie


Music and lyrics: Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012)

"Let It Go"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez


Music and lyrics: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (2014)

"Writing's on the Wall"

Music and lyrics: James Napier and Sam Smith (2015)

"City of Stars"

Music: Justin Hurwitz Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016)

"Remember Me"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Original Song


"Town Without Pity" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1961) "Circus World" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1964) "Forget Domani" Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani
(1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert
Bert Kaempfert
(1966) "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (1967) "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand (1968) "Jean" Music & Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen


"Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini (1970) "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1971) "Ben" Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf (1972) "The Way We Were" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1973) "I Feel Love" Lyrics by Betty Box, Music by Euel Box (1974) "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics by Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine
(1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom


"Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) "Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/"Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
(1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken


"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
(1990) "Beauty and the Beast" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1991) "A Whole New World" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) "Streets of Philadelphia" Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen (1993) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Elton John (1994) "Colors of the Wind" Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Music by Alan Menken (1995) "You Must Love Me" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996) "My Heart Will Go On" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by James Horner (1997) "The Prayer" Music & Lyrics by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa (1998) "You'll Be in My Heart" Music & Lyrics by Phil Collins
Phil Collins


"Things Have Changed" Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000) "Until..." Music and lyrics by Sting (2001) "The Hands That Built America" Music and lyrics by Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge
The Edge
& Larry Mullen Jr.
Larry Mullen Jr.
(2002) "Into the West" Music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
& Frances Walsh (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music and lyrics by Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
& David A. Stewart (2004) "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) "The Song of the Heart" Music and lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson (2006) "Guaranteed" Music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
(2007) "The Wrestler" Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2008) "The Weary Kind" Music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
& T Bone Burnett (2009)


"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren (2010) "Masterpiece" Music & Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry (2011) "Skyfall" by Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend
John Legend
(2014) "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (2015) "City of Stars" by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "This Is Me" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

Complete List (1960s) (1970s) (1980s) (1990s) (2000s) (2010s)

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Image Award for Outstanding Actress
in a Motion Picture


Estelle Evans
Estelle Evans
(1969) Barbara McNair
Barbara McNair
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1972) Ester Anderson (1974) Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
(1975) Denise Nicholas
Denise Nicholas
(1976) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1977) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1978) Mavis Washington (1979)


Irene Cara (1980) Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy
(1982) Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals
(1983) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1984) Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1986) Traci Wolfe
Traci Wolfe
(1987) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1988) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee


Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1992) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1993) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(1994) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(1996) Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1997) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(1998) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett


Nia Long
Nia Long
(2000) Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan
(2001) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2002) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(2003) Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
(2004) Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington
(2005) Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
(2006) Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
(2007) Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett
(2008) Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson


Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
(2010) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2011) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2012) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2013) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(2014) Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
(2015) Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan
(2016) Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
(2017) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer

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