Lesley Gore — ‘It’s My Party’ Singer Dead @ Dies 68

Lesley Gore — who exploded on the music scene with “It’s My Party” — has died. Gore, who followed her 1963 hit with a string of huge songs, including “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” also composed songs for the movie “Fame” in 1980. Gore was nominated for an Academy Award for one of the songs, “Out Here on My Own.” Gore was openly gay and leaves behind a partner, Lois Sasson. She died in a NYC hospital following a battle with cancer.

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