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Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' Songstress, Dies at 68

16 February 2015 1:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Pop singer/songwriter Lesley Gore -- best known for the 1963 chart-topper, "It's My Party" -- has died at 68. On Monday, Gore lost her battle with cancer in a New York City area hospital, Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, told the Associated Press.

"She was a wonderful human being -- caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," Sasson said of Gore.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Gore became a teenage radio sensation when she was discovered by Quincy Jones and recorded the Grammy-nominated single, "It's My Party." She followed the number one record with several other hits, including "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's a Fool," and "You Don't Own Me."

"I am heartbroken at the news today of the passing of Lesley Gore," Jones told Et in a statement on Monday. " I discovered Lesley, almost on a dare, in 1963 when she was 16 years old and I was Vice President »

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Lesley Gore, ‘It’s My Party’ Songstress, Dies at 68

16 February 2015 1:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Pop singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, most well-known for the 1963 chart-topper, “It’s My Party,” has died at 68. On Monday, Gore lost her battle with cancer in a New York City area hospital, Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, told the Associated Press.

"She was a wonderful human being -- caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," Sasson said of Gore.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Gore became a teenage radio sensation when she was discovered by Quincy Jones and recorded the Grammy-nominated single, “It’s My Party.” She followed the number one record with several other hits, including “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool,” and “You Don’t Own Me.”

In 1981, Gore was nominated for an Oscar for penning the ballad, “Out Here on My Own,” for the 1980 hit film, Fame. Her brother Michael won Best Original Song for the title track, “Fame,” which »

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