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‘It’s My Party’ singer‑songwriter Lesley Gore dies at age 68

Lesley Gore rehearsing in 1966.
Lesley Gore rehearsing in 1966.
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In 2005, she released “Ever Since,” her first album in 30 years, but was sure to revisit older hits in front of fans. “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?”

Beginning in 2004, Gore hosted the PBS television series “In the Life,” which focused on LGBT issues. She stated in a 2005 interview that she was a lesbian; at the time of the interview, Gore had been living with Sasson for more than 23 years.

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During the 2012 presidential campaign, Gore turned “You Don’t Own Me” into an online video public service announcement demanding reproductive rights which starred Lena Dunham and Tavi Gevinson, among others

In the last few years, she performed at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency in New York and, along with Ronnie Spector and LaLa Brooks, headlined the “She’s Got the Power” concert outdoors at Lincoln Center in 2012.

In addition to Sasson, Gore is survived by her brother and mother, Ronny.

Services will be held on Thursday at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home on New York’s Madison Avenue.

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