First captivating audiences, specifically her family,
sometime after her fifth birthday playing piano by ear, Irene
soon moved into serious studies of music, acting, and
dance. As a child, she began working professionally
singing and dancing on spanish television. She went on to
appear in various theatrical shows both on and off
broadway such as the Obie Award winning musical The Me
Knowbody Knows and Maggie Flynn starring Shirley Jones
and Jack Cassidy.
Her first national TV series was by way of a year’s stint on
the Electric Company, playing a member of the rock group,
The Short Circus, delivering musical grammar lessons
through the educational program. The series starred Bill
Cosby, Rita Moreno, and a very young Morgan Freeman. Ms.
Cara had already recorded her first record in Spanish for
the Latin Market by age 8 and a Christmas LP in English
She was the youngest member of an all star ensemble
concert tribute for Duke Ellington featuring Stevie Wonder,
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Roberta Flack. The concert was held
at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.