Bob Hope
English entertainer
Bob Hope
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.
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Dolores Hope, Bob Hope’s Widow, Dies at 102
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Dolores Hope, who gave up her singing career to spend 69 years at the side of her husband, Bob Hope , pursuing philanthropy and projecting with him the image of an enduring Hollywood marriage, died on Monday in the home she and her husband bought in 1940 in the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles. She was 102. Her death was announced by her
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High society knitwear company hopes to say thanks for Borderers' memories - Borders Today
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A BORDERS textile company whose knitwear was worn by stars including Bing Crosby and Bob Hope is trying to reclaim its history this weekend. Anyone with items related to Lyle & Scott, founded in Hawick in 1874, is invited to go to the company's archive
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Bob Hope exhibit - al.com
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By Michelle Campbell -- The Birmingham News Employees of ExpoDisplays are building the traveling Bob Hope exhibit for the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., at the company's headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Call Me Bwana - DVD Talk
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A fair-to-middling, overlong Bob Hope spy comedy with sci-fi elements, Call Me Bwana (1963) is intermittently funny with a smattering of genuinely clever ideas and a good supporting cast. Hope is less energetic than usual and he's not helped by Gordon
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Man arrested for feeding pigeons near Calif. airport - CBS News
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(CBS/KCAL) BURBANK - A California bird lover repeatedly warned about feeding pigeons near the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank could face charges for violating a court order. Police say 59-year-old Charles Douglas was arrested early morning Friday at his ... - -
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How accurate are airport luggage scales? - Los Angeles Times
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Here are its latest findings at LAX, Long Beach Airport and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport. A woman undergoes a TSA pat-down search in Seattle last year. Pilots at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport don't have to do this, because the airport is testing
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Memories of Bob Hope and Disney - MousePlanet
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Comedian Bob Hope's handprints are in the cement in the forecourt of the Great Movie Ride at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. Minutes away in the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland there is a small souvenir building called Bwana Bob's in tribute to
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Fords made own way in presidents' playground - The Desert Sun
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Then-President Bill Clinton (right) and former presidents Gerald Ford and George HW Bush (left) pose for a portrait after a round of golf at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Pro-Am in 1995 at Indian Wells Country Club. / Mark J. Terrill THE ASSOCIATED
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EUGENIE JONES | Conditioning to improve your golf game - Kitsap Sun
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Bob Hope put it something like this: if you watch the game it's fun, if you play it's recreation, and if you work at it it's golf. What many golfers fail to realize, however, is that the "work" begins well before stepping onto the
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Passenger traffic slides again at Bob Hope - Burbank Leader
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Airline passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport dropped by 6% in May compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures — marking the third consecutive monthly drop that has pushed revenue below projections. The airport reported
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Bob Hope would be proud of his tourney's future - The Desert Sun
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For more than 50 years, the first PGA tournament of the year on the continental United States was named for Bob Hope — beloved comedian, USO star and Palm Springs resident. However, it's hard not to get excited about the Humana Challenge,
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Bob Hope Classic golf tourney changes names - abc7.com
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(KABC) -- Bob Hope's name is being removed from the local golf tournament he started hosting in 1965. The event, held annually in La Quinta, continued to be known as the Bob Hope Classic even after he died in 2003. But when it's played next January,
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Area Golf Notebook: World Golf Hall of Fame's Bob Hope exhibit going on tour - Florida Times-Union
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By Garry Smits Bob Hope was known for his "Road Movies." The World Golf Hall of Fame is doing exactly that with his special exhibit that has been on display since 2008. The Hall of Fame will modify the "Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory" exhibit to a
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Thanks for the memories: Bob Hope Classic is now the Humana Challenge - Los Angeles Times
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Health and well-being nudged a comedy legend aside Tuesday when tournament organizers announced a new name for the Bob Hope Classic. The PGA Tour event in La Quinta became the Humana Challenge, continuing a nearly three-decade trend of ... -
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Metrolink partners with JetBlue Airways †JetBlue passengers ride Metrolink free - Peanuts! Low Cost Airline News
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Metrolink and jetBlue Airways have announced that jetBlue passengers departing from and arriving at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport may ride free of charge on Metrolink on the day of their flight. Passengers just need to present a printed jetBlue boarding
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Hope
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 99
    Also, East 14th Street near Playhouse Square (Cleveland's theater district) was renamed Memory Lane-Bob Hope Way in 2003 in honor of the entertainer's 100th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was never nominated for a competitive Oscar, Hope was awarded five honorary awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Citations Sources
    Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He is among a small group of notable centenarians in the field of entertainment. To mark this event, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles was named "Bob Hope Square" and his centennial was declared "Bob Hope Day" in 35 states. Even at 100, Hope maintained his self-deprecating sense of humor, quipping, "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type." He converted to Roman Catholicism late in life.
  • 2001
    Age 97
    In August 2001, he spent close to two weeks in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.
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  • 2000
    Age 96
    In June 2000, he spent nearly a week in a California hospital after being hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding.
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  • 1998
    Age 94
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hope remained in good health until old age, though he became slightly frail.
  • 1997
    Age 93
    A 1997 act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton named Hope an "Honorary Veteran."
    More Details Hide Details He remarked, "I've been given many awards in my lifetime — but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most — is the greatest honor I have ever received." In homage to Hope, Stephen Colbert carried a golf club on stage each night during his own week of USO performances, which were taped for his TV show, The Colbert Report, during the 2009 season. Hope's first Broadway appearances, in 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Ups-a-Daisy, were minor walk-on parts. He returned to Broadway in 1933 to star as Huckleberry Haines in the Jerome Kern / Dorothy Fields musical Roberta. Stints in the musicals Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies (with Fanny Brice), and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante followed. Hope reprised his role as Huck Haines in a 1958 production of Roberta at The Muny Theater in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1996
    Age 92
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The special received poor reviews. Following a brief appearance at the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1997, Hope's last TV appearance was in a 1997 commercial with the introduction of Big Kmart directed by Penny Marshall.
  • 1993
    Age 89
    His 90th birthday television celebration in May 1993, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special.
    More Details Hide Details Towards the end of his career, eye problems left him unable to read his cue cards. In October 1996 Hope announced that he was ending his 60-year contract with NBC, joking that he "decided to become a free agent".
  • 1985
    Age 81
    In 1985, he was presented with the Life Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 1998 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
    More Details Hide Details Upon accepting the appointment, Hope quipped, "I'm speechless. 70 years of ad lib material and I'm speechless." At the age of 95, Hope made an appearance at the 50th anniversary of the Primetime Emmy Awards with Milton Berle and Sid Caesar. Two years later, he was present at the opening of the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has presented two major exhibitions about Hope's life – "Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture" and "Bob Hope and American Variety."
  • 1983
    Age 79
    A television special created for his 80th birthday in 1983 at the Kennedy Center in Washington featured President Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, George Burns, and many others.
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  • 1971
    Age 67
    He recruited numerous top celebrities for the annual "Lights On" fundraiser; as an example, he hosted Joe Frazier, Yvonne De Carlo, and Sergio Franchi as headliners for the show at Philharmonic Hall in Milwaukee on April 25, 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Hope continued an active career past his 75th birthday, concentrating on his television specials and USO tours. Although he had given up starring in movies after Cancel My Reservation, he made several cameos in various films and co-starred with Don Ameche in the 1986 TV movie A Masterpiece of Murder.
  • 1969
    Age 65
    President Lyndon Johnson bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Hope in 1969 for his service to the men and women of the armed forces through the USO.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982, he received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. He was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 1995 and received the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in 1997. Hope became the 64th and only civilian recipient of the United States Air Force Order of the Sword on June 10, 1980. The Order of the Sword recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps. Several buildings and facilities were renamed after Hope, including the historic Fox Theater in downtown Stockton, California, and the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. There is a Bob Hope Gallery at the Library of Congress. In memory of his mother, Avis Townes Hope, Bob and Dolores Hope gave the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC a chapel, the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope. of the U.S. Military Sealift Command was named after the performer in 1997. It is one of very few U.S. naval ships that were named after living people. The United States Air Force named a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft the Spirit of Bob Hope.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 59
    In 1963 President John F. Kennedy awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal for service to his country.
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  • 1960
    Age 56
    Hope served as an active honorary chairman on the board of Fight for Sight. He hosted their Lights On telecast in 1960 and donated $100,000 to establish the Bob Hope Fight for Sight Fund.
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    The Bob Hope Classic, founded in 1960, made history in 1995 when Hope teed up for the opening round in a foursome which included Presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton – the only time when three presidents played in the same golf foursome.
    More Details Hide Details Now known as the Humana Challenge, it was one of the few PGA Tour tournament that took place over five rounds, until the 2012 tournament, when it was cut back to the conventional four rounds.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While introducing the 1968 telecast, he quipped, "Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's known at my house, Passover." Hope's career in broadcasting began on radio in 1934. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour in 1937, a 26-week contract. A year later, The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope began, and Hope signed a ten-year contract with the show's sponsor, Lever Brothers. Hope hired eight writers and paid them out of his salary of $2,500 a week. The original staff included Mel Shavelson, Norman Panama, Jack Rose, Sherwood Schwartz, and Schwartz's brother Al. The writing staff eventually grew to fifteen. The show became the top radio program in the country. Regulars on the series included Jerry Colonna and Barbara Jo Allen as spinster Vera Vague. Hope continued his lucrative career in radio through to the 1950s, when radio's popularity was overshadowed by television.
  • 1956
    Age 52
    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."
    More Details Hide Details His advisors counseled him to avoid further publicity by ignoring the Confidential exposé. "Barbara's... revelations caused a minor ripple... and then quickly sank without causing any appreciable damage to Bob Hope's legendary career." According to Arthur Marx's Hope biography, The Secret Life of Bob Hope, Hope's subsequent long-term affair with actress Marilyn Maxwell was so open that the Hollywood community routinely referred to her as "Mrs. Bob Hope".
  • FORTIES
  • 1949
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, Hope set Payton up in an apartment in Hollywood. The arrangement soured as Hope was not able to satisfy Payton's definition of generosity and her need for attention. Hope paid her off to end the affair quietly.
  • 1947
    Age 43
    Hope bought a share of the Los Angeles Rams football team in 1947 with Bing Crosby and sold it in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He would frequently use his television specials to promote the annual AP College Football All-America Team. The players would enter the stage one-by-one and introduce themselves, and Hope, often dressed in a football uniform, would give a one-liner about the player or his school.
  • 1946
    Age 42
    Hope bought a small stake in the Cleveland Indians baseball team in 1946 and owned it for most of the rest of his life.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on the June 3, 1963, cover of Sports Illustrated magazine wearing an Indians uniform, and sang a special version of "Thanks for the Memory" after the Indians' last game at Cleveland Stadium on October 3, 1993.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 39
    Of Hope's USO shows in World War II, writer John Steinbeck, who was then working as a war correspondent, wrote in 1943:
    More Details Hide Details For his service to his country through the USO, he was awarded the Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968.
  • 1941
    Age 37
    He performed his first USO show on May 6, 1941, at March Field, California, and continued to travel and entertain troops for the rest of World War II, later during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the third phase of the Lebanon Civil War, the latter years of the Iran–Iraq War, and the 1990–91 Persian Gulf War.
    More Details Hide Details His USO career lasted half a century, during which he headlined 57 tours. He had a deep respect for the men and women who served in the military, and this was reflected in his willingness to go anywhere in order to entertain them. During the Vietnam War, Hope had trouble convincing some performers to join him on tour. Anti-war sentiment was high, and Hope's pro-troop stance made him a target of criticism. Some shows were drowned out by boos and others were listened to in silence. The tours were funded by the United States Department of Defense, his television sponsors, and by NBC, the network which broadcast the television specials that were created after each tour. Hope recruited his own family members for USO travel. His wife, Dolores, sang from atop an armored vehicle during the Desert Storm tour, and his granddaughter, Miranda, appeared alongside Hope on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean.
  • 1939
    Age 35
    While aboard the RMS Queen Mary when World War II began in September 1939, Hope volunteered to perform a special show for the passengers, during which he sang "Thanks for the Memory" with rewritten lyrics.
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    Hope was host of the Academy Awards ceremony fourteen times between 1939 and 1977.
    More Details Hide Details His feigned desire for an Academy Award became part of his act.
  • 1938
    Age 34
    Hope starred in 54 theatrical features between 1938 and 1972, as well as cameos and short films.
    More Details Hide Details Most of Hope's later movies failed to match the success of his 1940s efforts. He was disappointed with his appearance in Cancel My Reservation (1972), his last starring film, and the movie was poorly received by critics and filmgoers. Though his career as a film star effectively ended in 1972, Hope made a few cameo appearances in films into the 1980s.
    Hope moved to Hollywood when Paramount Pictures signed him for the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938, also starring W. C. Fields.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Thanks for the Memory", which later became his trademark, was introduced in this film as a duet with Shirley Ross as accompanied by Shep Fields and his orchestra. The sentimental, fluid nature of the music allowed Hope's writers (he depended heavily upon joke writers throughout his career) to later create variations of the song to fit specific circumstances, such as bidding farewell to troops while on tour. As a movie star, he was best known for comedies like My Favorite Brunette and the highly successful "Road" movies in which he starred with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. The series consists of seven films made between 1940 and 1962, Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952), and The Road to Hong Kong (1962). Hope had seen Lamour as a nightclub singer in New York, and invited her to work on his United Service Organizations (USO) tours. Lamour sometimes arrived for filming prepared with her lines, only to be baffled by completely re-written scripts or ad-lib dialogue between Hope and Crosby. Hope and Lamour were lifelong friends, and she remains the actress most associated with his film career. Hope made movies with dozens of other leading ladies, including Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, Hedy Lamarr, Lucille Ball, Rosemary Clooney, Jane Russell and Elke Sommer.
  • 1934
    Age 30
    In February 1934, Hope married Dolores (DeFina) Reade, who had been one of his co-stars on Broadway in Roberta.
    More Details Hide Details In his 2014 biography Richard Zoglin states that he could find no evidence of the marriage having taken place, and notes that Hope was still married to Troxell at the time. The couple adopted four children at an adoption agency called The Cradle, in Evanston, Illinois: Linda (1939), Tony (1940), Kelly (1946), and Eleanora (known as Nora)(1946). From them he had several grandchildren, including Andrew, Miranda, and Zachary Hope. Tony (as Anthony J. Hope) served as a presidential appointee in the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations and in a variety of posts under Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. The couple lived at 10342 Moorpark Street in Toluca Lake, California from 1937 until his death. In 1935, they lived in Manhattan.
    Overlapping with this was his movie career, spanning the years 1934 to 1972, and his USO tours, which he did from 1941 to 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Hope signed a contract for six short films with Educational Pictures of New York. The first was a comedy, Going Spanish (1934). He was not happy with the film, and told Walter Winchell, "When they catch John Dillinger, they're going to make him sit through it twice." Educational dropped his contract, but he soon signed with Warner Brothers. He made movies during the day and performed Broadway shows in the evenings.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He began doing regular TV specials in 1954, and hosted the Academy Awards fourteen times in the period from 1941 to 1978.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They shared headlines with Joe Howard at the Palace Theatre in April 1931, performing "Keep Smiling" and the "Antics of 1931."The couple was working together at the RKO Albee, performing the "The Antics of 1933" along with Ann Gillens and Johnny Peters in June 1933. In July 1933, Dolores Reade joined Bob's vaudeville troop and was performing with him at Loew's Metropolitan Theater. She was described as a "former Zeigfield beauty and one of society's favorite nightclub entertainers, having appeared at many private social functions at New York, Palm Beach, and Southampton."
  • 1930
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1929
    Age 25
    In 1929, Hope informally changed his first name to "Bob".
    More Details Hide Details In one version of the story, he named himself after racecar driver Bob Burman. In another, he said he chose the name because he wanted a name with a "friendly 'Hiya, fellas!' sound" to it. In a 1942 legal document, Hope's legal name is given as Lester Townes Hope; it is unknown if this reflects a legal name change from Leslie.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1919
    Age 15
    Hope had a brief career as a boxer in 1919 fighting under the name Packy East.
    More Details Hide Details He had three wins and one loss, and participated in a few staged charity bouts later in life. Hope worked as a butcher's assistant and a lineman in his teens and early twenties. Hope also had a brief stint at Chandler Motor Car Company. Deciding on a show business career, he and his girlfriend signed up for dancing lessons. Encouraged after they performed in a three-day engagement at a club, Hope formed a partnership with Lloyd Durbin, a friend from the dancing school. Silent film comedian Fatty Arbuckle saw them perform in 1925 and found them work with a touring troupe called Hurley's Jolly Follies. Within a year, Hope had formed an act called the Dancemedians with George Byrne and the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins who performed a tap dancing routine in the vaudeville circuit. Hope and Byrne had an act as a pair of Siamese twins as well, and danced and sang while wearing blackface, before friends advised Hope that he was funnier as himself.
  • 1915
    Age 11
    He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests (as Lester Hope) and won a prize in 1915 for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.
    More Details Hide Details For a time, he attended the Boys' Industrial School in Lancaster, Ohio. As an adult, he donated sizable sums of money to the institution.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Born
    Born on May 29, 1903.
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