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Lesley Sue Goldstein net worth:
$5 Million

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Lesley Gore Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Lesley Sue Goldstein, better known by her stage name Lesley Gore, was born on 2 May 1946, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, to Ronnie and Leo Goldstein, of Jewish descent. She was a singer, songwriter, actress, and activist, probably best known for her hits “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me”. She passed away in 2015.

A talented artist, how wealthy was Lesley Gore? Sources state that Gore had acquired a net worth of over $5 million. The main source of her fortune had been her involvement in the entertainment industry, from her debut in the early ‘60s.

Lesley Gore Net Worth $5 Million

Gore grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, along with her brother. She attended Dwight School for Girls in Englewood, NJ, and later enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, in Yonkers, New York, to study British and American literature, graduating in 1968.

In 1963, during her junior year at high school, Gore was discovered by the legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who signed her to Mercury Records and produced her first song and the biggest hit of her career, “It’s My Party”. The single became an immediate success, reaching the top of the charts and selling over a million copies. It went gold and received a Grammy nomination for rock n’ roll recording. Gore became an instant star, and her wealth began to grow.

Later that year, she released her first album under Mercury, entitled “I’ll Cry If I Want To”, reaching #24 on the U.S. albums chart. Aside from “It’s My Party”, the album spawned another hit, “Judy’s Turn to Cry”, which reached #5 on the charts. Over the next two years, Gore released three more albums, containing a number of hit singles, such as “She’s a Fool”, “That’s the Way Boys Are”, “Maybe I Know”, “Look of Love”, “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” – nominated for a Grammy- and “You Don’t Own Me”, the latter song holding #2 for weeks, being surpassed only by The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. All contributed to her rising popularity, and to her net worth as well.

The singer expanded her range into the film industry in 1965, appearing in “The Girls on the Beach” and “Ski Party”, performing several of her songs. Two years later, she appeared in the series “Batman”, with the recurring role of the Catwoman’s Pussycat minion. She went on to make appearances in numerous television variety shows.

By the end of the ’60s, Gore had released several more albums, and scored Top 40 hits with singles “My Town, My Guy and Me” and “California Nights”. All contributed to her net worth.

During the next decade, Gore pursued a songwriting career, which was reflected in her next album, “Some Place Else Now”, under new label, MoWest Records. She went on to release another album during the ’70, entitled “Love Me By Name”.

In 1980 she composed songs for the soundtrack of the musical drama film “Fame”, earning an Academy Award nomination for the single “Out Here on My Own”. Her album “The Canvas Can Do Miracles” came out two years later.

In the following years Gore played many concerts and undertook numerous tours. In 2004, she served as the host of the PBS LGBT television news magazine entitled “In the Life”, which was the longest running LGBT television program in history. The following year she released her last album entitled “Ever Since”, produced by Blake Morgan through his label, Engine Company Records. The album received critical acclaim, and was featured on the soundtracks of popular television shows “CSI: Miami” and “The L Word”, and in the film “Flannel Pajamas”, significantly improving Gore’s net worth.

In 2015 she worked on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a chance to finish it, as Lesley Gore died in early 2015 of lung cancer, at the age of 68.

When it comes to her private life, during her hosting of the “In the Life” program, Gore outed herself as being a lesbian. She had been in a relationship with luxury jewelry designer Lois Sasson since 1982.

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Waxwork 1988 performer: "It's My Party"
Hairspray 1988 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Charmings 1987 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Year My Voice Broke 1987 performer: "That's the Way Boys are"
Gimme an 'F' 1984 writer: "1-2-3-4 Rock and Roll" - as L. Gore
Fame TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1984 music - 1 episode, 1984
Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez 1983 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special writer: "Out Here on My Own"
On Location with: FAME 1980 Documentary short writer: "Hot Lunch Jam"
Fame 1980 lyrics: "Hot Lunch Jam" 1979, "Out Here On My Own" 1980
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Batman 1967 TV Series performer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 1965 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1966 writer - 1 episode, 1966
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shindig! TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Ski Party 1965 performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
The Girls on the Beach 1965 performer: "Leave Me Alone", "It's Gotta Be You" - uncredited
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary performer: "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn to Cry", "You Don't Own Me", "Maybe I Know", "You Didn't Look Around", "Hey Now"
The Pawnbroker 1964 performer: "I Don't Wanna Be a Loser" - uncredited
Vacation Time 1962 TV Series performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
Suicide Squad 2016 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Voice 2015 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Happyish 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kapgang 2014 performer: "That's The Way Boys Are"
Get on Up 2014 performer: "It's My Party"
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree 2012 Documentary performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Glee 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lærkevej 2010 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Fame 2009 writer: "Out Here On My Own"
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009 performer: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows"
TV Land Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
An American Crime 2007 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Woods 2006 performer: "Young and Foolish", "You Don't Own Me", "Just Let Me Cry"
American Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sadistic Bitch 2002 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Idols! 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Martine 2002 TV Movie lyrics: "Out Here on my Own"
Un paso adelante 2002 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "Leave Me Alone", "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry" / writer: "Leave Me Alone"
The Convent 2000 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Superstar 1999 writer: "Out Here on My Own", "You Wanna Be a Star Superstar"
Truth or Consequences, N.M. 1997 performer: "It's My Party"
Bliss 1997 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
Grace of My Heart 1996 writer: "My Secret Love" - as Lesley S. Gore
Cybill 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues 1994 performer: "It's My Party And I'll Cry if I Want To"
The Simpsons 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lo Kolel Sherut TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1993 music - 1 episode, 1991
The Wonder Years 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Designing Women 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 90210 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mermaids 1990 performer: "It's My Party"
Problem Child 1990 performer: "IT'S MY PARTY" - as Leslie Gore



Murphy Brown 1998 TV Series Lesley Gore
Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 TV Movie
The Pied Piper of Astroworld 1968 TV Movie Bo Peep
Batman 1967 TV Series Pussycat

Music Department

Music Department

ABC Afterschool Specials 1983 TV Series original song - 1 episode



Sharon Isbin: Troubadour 2014 Documentary Herself - interviewee
Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio 2008 Documentary Herself
An Evening with Quincy Jones 2008 TV Movie Herself
TV Land Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Party Planner with David Tutera 2005 TV Series Herself
Rock at Fifty 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
In the Life 1992 TV Series documentary Guest Host (2004)
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary Herself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Herself
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll 1988 TV Special Herself
Deja View 1986 Video Herself
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself
Our Time 1985 TV Series Herself
Good Old Days 1977 TV Movie Herself
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Herself
The Midnight Special 1976 TV Series Herself - Host
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1963-1975 TV Series Herself
Rolf Harris Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Rolf Harris Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1966-1970 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1963-1970 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1970 TV Series Herself
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
Della 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Herself
Binnen en Buiten 1967 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Match Game 1967 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
Malibu U. 1967 TV Series Herself - Singer
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Herself - Fashion Hostess
The Andy Williams Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Herself
Hullabaloo 1965-1966 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Herself - Performer
The Donna Reed Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Herself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
Ski Party 1965 Herself
The Girls on the Beach 1965 Herself
The T.A.M.I. Show 1964 Documentary Herself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show 1964 TV Series Herself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1963-1964 TV Series Herself
The Beat Room 1964 TV Series Herself
The Keefe Brasselle Show 1963 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

My Music: Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love 2016 TV Movie Herself
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - In Memoriam
Get on Up 2014 Herself (uncredited)
My Music: '60s Girl Grooves 2013 TV Movie Herself
Trailers from Hell 2007 TV Series Herself
Sixties Soft Rock 2004 Video short Herself
Hullabaloo Vol. 8 1996 Video Herself
Shindig! Presents Groovy Gals 1991 Video documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Fame (1980) · Michael Gore (music)
1981 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Fame (1980) · Michael Gore
· Anthony Evans
· Paul McCrane
· Dean Pitchford
· Robert F. Colesberry

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1 She is survived by Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years.
2 As a recording artist, had four consecutive Top 10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart starting in 1963.
3 She was the only female solo act to perform on the star-studded The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), one of the first big rock venues of the 1960s. Her million-seller "You Don't Own Me", which she performed on that show, predated the era of Women's lib. That song has gained a new life recently, with its inclusion in a women's sportswear commercial.
4 Studied literature and drama at Sarah Lawrence College.
5 Aunt of Olivia Howard Bagg and August Bagg.
6 Cousin-in-law of Neil Bagg.
7 Cousin of Alan Dean Foster and Jana Howard.
8 Is mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
9 When she was 11 years old her parents took her to her first Broadway musical, "My Fair Lady". She loved it so much that she asked her parents to see it again and again.
10 Inspired a storyline for the movie Grace of My Heart (1996) in which a 1960s bubble-gum singer is shown to be a closet lesbian. Coincidentally, Lesley helped with music for the movie, and in the movie the closet lesbian singer records a song Lesley herself recorded, "Secret Love".
11 Older sister of Michael Gore.
12 She died of lung cancer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, NYC. She was diagnosed with a tumor on her spine in January 2015.
13 Discovered by producer Quincy Jones while singing at a hotel in Manhattan. He went on to produce her most successful recordings, including "It's My Party", which spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart and three weeks on its R&B chart (USA) in June 1963.

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