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Gore, Lesley (1946-2015)  
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"I saw what a difference a show like In the Life can make to their lives in some of these small towns," she stated, adding that "a lot of young gay people in the Midwest . . . really had nothing to relate to. At least I felt this program is presenting them with some options."

After a long hiatus Gore returned to recording with her 2005 album Ever Since, described by Mayshark as a "cabaret cocktail of jazzy pop and spry ballads." Gore herself called it "another chapter [in her career]: reimagining a few old hits and bringing listeners along to new stuff." Evincing the influence of such heroes of hers as Nina Simone and Dinah Washington, the new album highlighted Gore's mature--smoky and husky--voice and her unusually intelligent delivery.

The album was produced by the independent label Engine Company Records and was sold on Gore's web site. One of the cuts from it, the haunting ballad "Better Angels," was featured on a 2005 episode of the popular television show CSI: Miami.

Gore did publicly name her partner during her lifetime, though she acknowledged that she had been in a committed relationship with another woman since the early 1980s.

On February 16, 2015, Gore died at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was undergoing treatment for cancer. She was survived by her partner Lois Sasson, her mother, and her brother, Michael Gore.

Linda Rapp

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Hanna, Kathleen. "Ms. Conversation: Lesley Gore and Kathleen Hanna." Ms. 15.3 (Fall 2005): 50-53.

Mayshark, Jesse Fox. "It's Lesley Gore's Career, and She'll Revive It If She Wants To." New York Times (October 23, 2005): 2, 34.

Swartz, Shauna. "Interview with Lesley Gore." (June 23, 2005).

Treacy, Christopher John. "Lesley Gore, of 'It's My Party' Fame, Comes Out Formally; Plays Northampton Sept. 16." In Newsweekly (September 15, 2005).


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Gore, Lesley  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2005  
    Date Last Updated February 19, 2015  
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