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'It's my party' singer Lesley Gore dead at 68

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-16 16:21:33-05

Lesley Gore, the singer and songwriter whose 1960s hits included "It's My Party" has died at 68. She died of lung cancer Monday in New York City, The Associated Press reports.

Gore recorded "It's My Party" in 1963 when she was 16. Her other hits included "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's a Fool" and "You Don't Own Me."

Gore was nominated for an Academy Award for "Out Here on My Own," which Gore wrote with her brother Michael for the film "Fame" (1980). She also appeared on TV in Adam West's "Batman" and on Broadway in "Smokey Joe's Cafe".

Gore's final album was "Ever Since," released in 2005. The same year, she came out publicly as a lesbian.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter at @GavinStern.