Lesley Gore, who was just a teenager in the 60s when she released “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me”, passed away on Monday in Manhattan. She was 68.
Gore, who is also known for playing Catwoman’s sidekick Pussycat on the 1960s Batman television series, was not a smoker.
Lesley’s partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, confirmed she died of lung cancer at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital.
The singer released songs teenage girls could relate to including “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, and “You Don’t Own Me”. She recorded all of these songs by the time she was 18.
Producer Quincy Jones heard the demos and became her producer and mentor.
Lesley’s hit songs pretty much ended when psychedelic music became popular. She continued to perform on television, in movies, and on club stages.
She appeared in the 1960s “Batman” television series as the Pink Pussycat, one of Catwoman’s sidekicks.
Lesley Gore is survived by her partner, Lois Sasson, and her brother and mother.
In recent years, Ms. Gore had been working on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life.
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