Leslie Gore Dead at 68

Leslie Gore, a singer/songwriter who topped the charts beginning in 1963 with “It’s My Party,” followed by “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and they early feminist anthem, “You Don’t Own Me,” has at at 68. Read more at Billboard.

According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Monday (Feb. 16) of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records.

Gore’s other hits include “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know.” She co-wrote with her brother, Michael, the Academy Award-nominated “Out Here On My Own” from the film Fame.

She also played Catwoman’s sidekick in the cult TV comedy Batman.

Leslie singing “You Don’t Own Me” on the T.A.M.I. Show

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