NEW YORK — Singer Lesley Gore died at a New York hospital on Feb. 16 at the age of 68. The New York Times reported that Gore’s partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, said she died from lung cancer.
Gore was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 2, 1946.
She became famous in 1963 when she recorded “It’s My Party” that quickly climbed the charts.
Gore emerged as a prominent LGBT rights advocate after she came out as a lesbian in 2005.
She hosted several episodes of “In The Life,” an LGBT news magazine that aired on PBS. Songs from her 2005 album “Ever Sense” also appeared on “The L Word” and other television programs.
The New York Daily News reported that Gore told Ellen DeGeneres in a 2005 interview that she never felt the need to hide her sexual orientation in the music industry in spite of it being what she described as “totally homophobic.”
“I just kind of lived my life naturally and did what I wanted to do,” Gore told the lesbian talk show host, as the Daily News reported. “I didn’t avoid anything, I didn’t put it in anybody’s face.”