Irene Cara got a lot of mileage out of “Fame.” She played the part of Coco Hernandez in the original 1980 film. Irene also sang the title song for the soundtrack. That was her debut single as a recording artist. After topping the charts all over the world, “Fame” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The song was used again as the theme for the “Fame” television series, which aired from 1982 to 1987.
If you’ve never seen the movie or TV show, “Fame” is about students at Fiorello LaGuardia High, also known as the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. According the Songfacts, the school famous alumni include Robert De Niro, Jennifer Aniston, Liza Minnelli, and Nicki Minaj.
The music video was filmed a couple of years after the release of the song. Irene Cara sings the song in Times Square and among the theaters of Broadway. You’ll notice the marquees with some of the musicals that were popular in the early 1980s, such as “Evita,” “Annie,” “Cats,” and “Dreamgirls.”