Lesley Gore Passes At 68
February 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM (PT)
Singer-songwriter LESLEY GORE, who topped the charts with the teenage angst-ridden "It's My Party" in 1963, then followed it up with hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," "You Don't Own Me" and others, died today at 68, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS.
GORE died of cancer at NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL, it was reported by her partner of 33 years, LOIS SASSON.
"She was a wonderful human being -- caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," SASSON, a jewelry designer, told AP.
Born in BROOKLYN, GORE, who grew up in NEW JERSEY, was discovered as a teenager by QUINCY JONES, who originally signed her to MERCURY RECORDS. GORE's other hits include "She's A Fool," ''That's The Way Boys Are" and "Maybe I Know." She also co-wrote, with her brother, MICHAEL, the OSCAR-nominated "Out Here On My Own" from the film "Fame."
She also played CATWOMAN's sidekick in the TV series "Batman."
GORE co-wrote "My Secret Love" for ALLISON ANDERS' 1996 film "Grace of My Heart," and also appeared in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" on BROADWAY. She had been working on a stage version of her life when she died.
In 2005, she released "Ever Since," her first album in 30 years, but delighted fans by revising her hits in concert. "If I've learned anything in this business," she told THE NEW YORK TIMES that year, "how stupid would it be not to do 'It's My Party' when people come to hear it?"
In addition to SASSON, Gore is survived by her brother MICHAEL GORE and mother, RONNIE.