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Date Of BirthMay 2, 1946
DiedFebruary 16, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
FactAunt of Olivia Howard Bagg and August Bagg.

Lesley Gore was born on May 2, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Sidney Gore, was a successful businessman, and her mother, Ronnie Gore, was a homemaker. Gore had one older brother, Michael. Gore was a talented singer and songwriter from a young age. She began writing songs at the age of 13, and her first song, “It’s My Party”, was a huge hit when it was released in 1963. Gore attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City. After graduating, she attended Sarah Lawrence College.

Gore’s career took off in the early 1960s. She released a string of hits, including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn to Cry”, “She’s a Fool”, and “You Don’t Own Me”. Gore also appeared on several television shows, including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show”. In 1965, she starred in her own television special, “Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts”.

Gore’s career slowed down in the 1970s, but she continued to release albums and singles. In 1980, she released the album “Love Me by Name”, which featured the hit single “Out Here on My Own”. Gore also wrote and produced several songs for the film “Fame”.

In 2005, Gore released the album “Ever Since”. The album was a collection of new songs and re-recorded versions of her hits. Gore also toured extensively to support the album.

In 2014, Gore was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gore has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Jon Stryker, ended in divorce. Gore married David Rose in 1992. The couple has two children.

Gore is a lesbian. She came out publicly in 2005.

Gore has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameLesley Gore
Date Of BirthMay 2, 1946
DiedFebruary 16, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.57 m
ProfessionComposer, Singer, You Don't Own Me, It's My Party, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
EducationDwight-Englewood School, Sarah Lawrence College, You Don't Own Me, It's My Party, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows


ParentsRonny Gore, Leo Gore, You Don't Own Me, It's My Party, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
SiblingsMichael Gore


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Song, NME Award for World Female Singer, You Don't Own Me, It's My Party, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
MoviesAirplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio, T.A.M.I. Show

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1She is survived by Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years.
2As a recording artist, had four consecutive Top 10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart starting in 1963.
3She was the only female solo act to perform on the star-studded The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), one of the first big rock venues of the 1960s. Her million-seller "You Don't Own Me", which she performed on that show, predated the era of Women's lib. That song has gained a new life recently, with its inclusion in a women's sportswear commercial.
4Studied literature and drama at Sarah Lawrence College.
5Aunt of Olivia Howard Bagg and August Bagg.
6Cousin-in-law of Neil Bagg.
7Cousin of Alan Dean Foster and Jana Howard.
8Is mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
9When she was 11 years old her parents took her to her first Broadway musical, "My Fair Lady". She loved it so much that she asked her parents to see it again and again.
10Inspired a storyline for the movie Grace of My Heart (1996) in which a 1960s bubble-gum singer is shown to be a closet lesbian. Coincidentally, Lesley helped with music for the movie, and in the movie the closet lesbian singer records a song Lesley herself recorded, "Secret Love".
11Older sister of Michael Gore.
12She died of lung cancer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, NYC. She was diagnosed with a tumor on her spine in January 2015.
13Discovered by producer Quincy Jones while singing at a hotel in Manhattan. He went on to produce her most successful recordings, including "It's My Party", which spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart and three weeks on its R&B chart (USA) in June 1963.




Waxwork1988performer: "It's My Party"
Hairspray1988performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Charmings1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Year My Voice Broke1987performer: "That's the Way Boys are"
Gimme an 'F'1984writer: "1-2-3-4 Rock and Roll" - as L. Gore
FameTV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1984 music - 1 episode, 1984
Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez1983TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV Special writer: "Out Here on My Own"
On Location with: FAME1980Documentary short writer: "Hot Lunch Jam"
Fame1980lyrics: "Hot Lunch Jam" 1979, "Out Here On My Own" 1980
The Ed Sullivan Show1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
Batman1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 19651966TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Donna Reed ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1966 writer - 1 episode, 1966
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig!TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Ski Party1965performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
The Girls on the Beach1965performer: "Leave Me Alone", "It's Gotta Be You" - uncredited
The T.A.M.I. Show1964Documentary performer: "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn to Cry", "You Don't Own Me", "Maybe I Know", "You Didn't Look Around", "Hey Now"
The Pawnbroker1964performer: "I Don't Wanna Be a Loser" - uncredited
Vacation Time1962TV Series performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
Suicide Squad2016performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Voice2015TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Happyish2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kapgang2014performer: "That's The Way Boys Are"
Get on Up2014performer: "It's My Party"
Rude Tube2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree2012Documentary performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Glee2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lærkevej2010TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Fame2009writer: "Out Here On My Own"
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs2009performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
An American Crime2007performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Woods2006performer: "Young and Foolish", "You Don't Own Me", "Just Let Me Cry"
American Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sadistic Bitch2002performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Idols!2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Martine2002TV Movie lyrics: "Out Here on my Own"
Un paso adelante2002TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Leave Me Alone", "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry" / writer: "Leave Me Alone"
The Convent2000performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Superstar1999writer: "Out Here on My Own", "You Wanna Be a Star Superstar"
Truth or Consequences, N.M.1997performer: "It's My Party"
Bliss1997performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Grace of My Heart1996writer: "My Secret Love" - as Lesley S. Gore
Cybill1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues1994performer: "It's My Party And I'll Cry if I Want To"
The Simpsons1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lo Kolel SherutTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1993 music - 1 episode, 1991
The Wonder Years1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Designing Women1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 902101991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mermaids1990performer: "It's My Party"
Problem Child1990performer: "IT'S MY PARTY" - as Leslie Gore


Murphy Brown1998TV SeriesLesley Gore
Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party1988TV Movie
The Pied Piper of Astroworld1968TV MovieBo Peep
Batman1967TV SeriesPussycat

Music Department

ABC Afterschool Specials1983TV Series original song - 1 episode


Sharon Isbin: Troubadour2014DocumentaryHerself - interviewee
Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio2008DocumentaryHerself
An Evening with Quincy Jones2008TV MovieHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Party Planner with David Tutera2005TV SeriesHerself
Rock at Fifty2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
In the Life1992TV Series documentaryGuest Host (2004)
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentaryHerself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones1990DocumentaryHerself
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll1988TV SpecialHerself
Deja View1986VideoHerself
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll1985TV Movie documentaryHerself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHerself
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesHerself
The Midnight Special1976TV SeriesHerself - Host
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
New American Bandstand 19651963-1975TV SeriesHerself
Rolf Harris Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Rolf Harris Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show1963-1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1970TV SeriesHerself
Playboy After Dark1970TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
Della1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
Binnen en Buiten1967TV SeriesHerself - Performer
The Match Game1967TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
Malibu U.1967TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHerself
Hullabaloo1965-1966TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer / Herself - Performer
The Donna Reed Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHerself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Fanfare1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Ski Party1965Herself
The Girls on the Beach1965Herself
The T.A.M.I. Show1964DocumentaryHerself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963-1964TV SeriesHerself
The Beat Room1964TV SeriesHerself
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

My Music: Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love2016TV MovieHerself
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards2016TV MovieHerself - In Memoriam
Get on Up2014Herself (uncredited)
My Music: '60s Girl Grooves2013TV MovieHerself
Trailers from Hell2007TV SeriesHerself
Sixties Soft Rock2004Video shortHerself
Hullabaloo Vol. 81996VideoHerself
Shindig! Presents Groovy Gals1991Video documentaryHerself


Nominated Awards

1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongFame (1980)
1981GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialFame (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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