Born in Leesburg, Maryland, Gore was a prominent Maryland political heavy weight and daughter of lawyer and real estate investor H. Grady Gore. She served as a member of the Maryland's General Assembly from 1963 to 1969. She was the Republican National Committee member from 1972 to 1984 and worked for Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign in 1952.
In 1974, Gore launched an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Maryland against then incumbent Marvin Mandel, who was the successor to Spiro T. Agnew. Gore's gubernatorial campaign included a lion and a placard which read: "Gore is no pussycat."
Gore was a second cousin of former Vice President Al Gore through their common ancestor Charles Claiborne Gore. Her sister, Mary Gore Dean, was the mistress of Attorney General John Mitchell and a Watergate scandal figure, and Mary's daughter is Deborah Gore Dean, a former official in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development convicted in a kickback scheme.