Bob Hope

American entertainer Bob Hope

Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-born American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was noted for his work with the U.S. 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 declared him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S.
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Bob Hope's personal information overview.
Birthday
29 May 1903
Deceased
27 July 2003
Death Place
Toluca Lake

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Dolores Hope, Bob Hope’s Widow, Dies at 102
NYTimes - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
(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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
(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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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.
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    Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003.
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  • 2001
    Age 97
    In August 2001, he spent close to two weeks in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.
  • 2000
    Age 96
    In June 2000, he spent nearly a week in a California hospital after being hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • 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.
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  • 1997
    Age 93
    A 1997 act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton named Hope an "Honorary Veteran."
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 59
    In 1963 President John F. Kennedy awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal for service to his country.
  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 1947
    Age 43
    Hope bought a share of the Los Angeles Rams football team in 1947 with Bing Crosby and sold it in 1962.
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  • 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.
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  • 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:
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Hope was host of the Academy Awards ceremony fourteen times between 1939 and 1977.
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  • 1938
    Age 34
    Hope starred in 54 theatrical features between 1938 and 1972, as well as cameos and short films.
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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.
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  • 1934
    Age 30
    In February 1934, Hope married Dolores (DeFina) Reade, who had been one of his co-stars on Broadway in Roberta.
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    Overlapping with this was his movie career, spanning the years 1934 to 1972, and his USO tours, which he did from 1941 to 1991.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1929
    Age 25
    In 1929, Hope informally changed his first name to "Bob".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1919
    Age 15
    Hope had a brief career as a boxer in 1919 fighting under the name Packy East.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Born
    Born on May 29, 1903.
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