“I never had to go to rehab or a program.” Having sunk much of her savings into court costs, Cara—who appeared in a few forgettable movies, such as D. Cab, but recorded only one more album during the ’80s—left Hollywood for San Francisco in 1991.
“I worked on me, my spirituality,” says Cara, who had also just split from her husband of five years, stuntman Conrad Palmisano, now 53.
Her mother stayed at home in the Bronx to raise Cara's two half sisters and brothers, as well as take her to auditions.
Cara helped pay her way through Lincoln Square Academy, an exclusive New York prep school.
In the $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit she filed in 1985, Cara accused Al Coury Inc.
and Network Records of withholding her royalties from the Flashdance soundtrack, as well as her solo albums, 1982’s Anyone Can See and l983’s What a Feelin’.
backup singer for the late great George Duke, Oleta Adams, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Vicki Sue Robinson, and Lou Reed.