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Irene Cara on Ted Macks Original Amateur Hour Television shows like American Idol are hardly new. From 1947 thorugh 1970, Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour gave aspiring performers a chance to display their talents in front of a television audience. (Viewers were encouraged to vote for their favorite acts--by postcard!) This is a 1967 Ted Mack clip of eight-year-old Irene Cara singing.
Tags: Ted  Mack  Irene  Cara  Amateur  Hour 
Added: 25th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-25 
That's impressive for an eight-year-old. Heck, that would be an impressive performance for a 38-year-old.
Posted by: Mr.Nostalgia on 2008-03-01 

My God!

I didn't know that Ms.Cara was even a

contestant on Mr.Mack's version of

The original Amateur Hourtv talent

show on CBS?

Even then..she showed her prowesses

as a performer.

Thanks For sending this clip


P.S. Ms.Cara co-hosted a NYC based

kids tv newsmagazine titledThe Everything

Show!with Mr.Don Potter, WNBC TV Ch.4

NYC weathermen:Dr.Frank Field and Dr.Harry

Wapper and former NY Daily News Cartoonist:

Bill Kreese.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-03-15 
Actually it's from 1965 when she was six. She was also in the musical The Me Nobody Knows, and a year later she was on The Electric Company as one of the Short Circus.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-03-15 
Eric, I'm curious: Do you have a source that says Irene Cara was six in this clip? The caption on the clip says she's eight years old. At the start of the clip Ted Mack says Irene is in the third grade. Just as the clip ends he says she's eight. She looks to be about eight. (She has her adult front teeth.) Inquiring minds want to know.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-03-17 
Lava, Irene Cara was born in 1959. which makes her at that clip six years old. She's been claiming for the past couple of years that she was born in 1964. If she was born as she claim in '64, she would've been two. That same clip can be found on youtube.com if you key in her name. I looked up her birthdate from a book that was a yearbook of plays that was on Broadway in 1969-70.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-04 
Yes, Eric, based on what I've found so far, 1959 seems to be the generally accpeted year of birth for Irene Cara.
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