Home Celebrity Lesley Gore, The Great Singer of “It’s My Party,” Dies of Cancer...

Lesley Gore has died at the age of 68 from cancer. It’s a shock because we see her in New York all the time and she is a beloved pop icon. Lesley was sort of the Katy Perry of her time, a real pioneer with a vision for young girls and women. Her belting voice was unmistakeable and her hits were indelible. They’ve lasted right along. Imagine that the early hits came 50 years ago– she was 18. And it will always be her party.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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