Bob Hope

Born May 29, 1903

Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS was an English comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO shows entertaining American military personnel. Throughout his long career, he was honored for his humanitarian work. In 1996, the U.S. Congress honored Bob Hope by declaring him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S.… Read More

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1903 Birth Born on May 29, 1903.


1915 12 Years Old He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests (as Lester Hope) and won a prize in 1915 for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. … Read More
1919 16 Years Old Hope had a brief career as a boxer in 1919 fighting under the name Packy East. … Read More


1929 26 Years Old In 1929, Hope informally changed his first name to "Bob". … Read More
1930 27 Years Old After five years on the vaudeville circuit, Hope was "surprised and humbled" when he failed a 1930 screen test for the French film production company Pathé at Culver City, California.


1933 30 Years Old Hope's first, short-lived marriage was to vaudeville partner Grace Louise Troxell, a secretary from Chicago, Illinois, and daughter of Edward and Mary (McGinnes) Troxell, whom he married in January 25, 1933 in Erie, Pennsylvania with Alderman Eugene Alberstadt officiating and divorced in November 1934. … Read More
In the early days, Hope's career included appearances on stage in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions. He began performing on the radio in 1934 and switched to television when that medium became popular in the 1950s. … Read More
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Hope moved to Hollywood when Paramount Pictures signed him for the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938, also starring W. C. Fields. … Read More
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Hope was host of the Academy Awards ceremony fourteen times between 1939 and 1977. … Read More


1943 40 Years Old Of Hope's USO shows in World War II, writer John Steinbeck, who was then working as a war correspondent, wrote in 1943: … Read More
1946 43 Years Old Hope bought a small stake in the Cleveland Indians baseball team in 1946 and owned it for most of the rest of his life. … Read More
1947 44 Years Old Hope bought a share of the Los Angeles Rams football team in 1947 with Bing Crosby and sold it in 1962. … Read More
1949 46 Years Old Hope had a reputation as a womanizer and continued to see other women in spite of his marriage. In 1949, while Hope was in Dallas on a publicity tour for his radio show, he met starlet Barbara Payton, a contract player at Universal Studios, who at the time was on her own public relations jaunt. … Read More


1956 53 Years Old Payton later revealed the affair in an article printed in July 1956 in Confidential. "Hope was... at times a mean-spirited individual with the ability to respond with a ruthless vengeance when sufficiently provoked." … Read More
Although he was never nominated for an Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him with four honorary awards, and in 1960, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. … Read More


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1996 93 Years Old His final television special, Laughing with the Presidents, was broadcast in November 1996, with host Tony Danza helping him present a personal retrospective of presidents of the United States known to the comedian. … Read More
1997 94 Years Old A 1997 act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton named Hope an "Honorary Veteran." … Read More
1998 95 Years Old In 1998, a prepared obituary by the Associated Press was inadvertently released, prompting Hope's death to be announced in the U.S. House of Representatives. … Read More
2000 97 Years Old In June 2000, he spent nearly a week in a California hospital after being hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding.
2001 98 Years Old In August 2001, he spent close to two weeks in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.
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Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003. … Read More
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