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Bob Hope

Bob Hope
Bob Hope, 1978.jpg
Hope in 1978
Born Leslie Townes Hope
(1903-05-29)May 29, 1903
Eltham, London, England
Died July 27, 2003(2003-07-27) (aged 100)
Toluca Lake, California, United States
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place San Fernando Mission Cemetery, United States
Other names Les Hope
Packy East
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer, author, athlete
Years active 1919–1997
Spouse(s) Grace Louise Troxell (m. 1933; div. 1934)
Dolores Hope (m. 1934; his death 2003)
Children 4
Relatives Jack Hope (brother)
Awards List of awards and nominations received by Bob Hope
Boxing career
Rated at Super Featherweight (128 lb)
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Bob Hope signature.svg

Bob Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (born Leslie Townes Hope, May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in over 70 feature films and short films, including a series of "Road" movies. In addition to hosting the Academy Awards 19 times (more than any other host), he appeared in many stage productions and television roles and was the author of 14 books. The song "Thanks for the Memory" is widely regarded as Hope's signature tune.

Born in London, Hope arrived in America with his family at the age of four and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his career in show business in the early 1920s, initially on stage, and began appearing on the radio and in films in 1934. He was praised for his comedy timing, specializing in one-liners and rapid-fire delivery of jokes, which were often self-deprecating, with Hope building himself up and then tearing himself down. Celebrated for his long career performing United Service Organizations (USO) shows to entertain active duty American military personnel (he made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991), Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces in 1997 by act of the U.S. Congress. He also appeared in numerous specials for NBC television, starting in 1950, and was one of the first users of cue cards. Hope participated in the sports of golf and boxing, and owned a small stake in his hometown baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. He died at age 100 at his home in Toluca Lake, California.

Year Single US Pop
1938 "Thanks for the Memory" (A-side) (Bob Hope and Shirley Ross)
1939 "Two Sleepy People" (B-side) (Bob Hope and Shirley Ross) 15
1945 "The Road to Morocco" (Bing Crosby and Bob Hope) 21
1950 "Blind Date" (Margaret Whiting and Bob Hope) 16

  • Faith, William Robert (2003). Bob Hope: A Life in Comedy. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • Friedrich, Otto (1986). City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in 1940s. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press. ISBN . 
  • Grudens, Richard (2002). The Spirit of Bob Hope: One Hundred Years, One Million Laughs. Soiux Falls, SD: Pine Hill Press. ISBN . 
  • Lahr, John (December 21, 1998). "Profiles: The CEO of Comedy". The New Yorker: 62–79. 
  • Maltin, Leonard (1972). The Great Movie Shorts. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN . 
  • McCaffrey, Donald W. (2005). The Road to Comedy: The films of Bob Hope. Westport, CT: Praeger. ISBN . 
  • Mikailian, Arin (December 5, 2012). "Bob Hope's Toluca Lake Home Hitting the Market". North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch. 
  • Moreno, Barry (2008). Ellis Island's Famous Immigrants. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. ISBN . 
  • Nachman, Gerald (1998). Raised on Radio. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN . 
  • O'Dowd, John (2006). Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN . 
  • Quirk, Lawrence J. (1998). Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled. New York: Applause. ISBN . 
  • Steinbeck, John (1958). Once There Was A War. New York: Viking Press. OCLC 394412. 
  • Mills, Robert L. (2009). The Laugh Makers: A Behind the Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN . 
  • Wilde, Larry (2000). The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy. Executive Books. ISBN . 
  • Young, Jordan R. (1999). The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age. Beverly Hills, CA: Past Times Publishing. ISBN . 
  • Zoglin, Richard (2014). Hope: Entertainer of the Century. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN . 


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