Lesley Gore, Singer Of “It’s My Party” And “You Don’t Own Me,” Dead At 68
Lesley Gore, who had the hit 1963 song “It’s My Party,” died on Monday in New York. The singer and songwriter of such other classic songs as “You Don’t Own Me,” was 68. Gore died of cancer, according to Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years.
The Brooklyn-born Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury Records when she was just a teen. And “It’s My Party” was the number one song in the U.S. when Gore was just a junior in high school. She went on record other big songs, including “Maybe I Know,” “She’s A Fool,” and “That’s the Way Boys Are.” With her brother Michael, she co-wrote “Out Here On My Own” for the movie Fame. It was nominated for an Academy Award, but didn’t win. Instead, her brother took home the Oscar for writing the movie’s theme song.
In addition to a successful recording career, Gore played Catwoman’s sidekick Pussycat on the TV show “Batman.” She also appeared in the Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and had reportedly been working on a musical about life when she passed away. Additionally, for some time, Gore hosted the LGBT-focused PBS show “In The Life.” Gore is survived by Sasson, her brother, and her mom Ronnie.