Although married previously he married Doleres DeFina in 1934 and adopted four children together. Bob Hope reached his one hundredth birthday in May of 2003 before he died just a couple of months later. An entertainer loved and missed the world over.
Bob Hope Fact Sheet: Who was Bob Hope? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Bob Hope.
Bob Hope Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1903 - 2003 *** Full Name: Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope *** Occupation: American Comedian, Singer, Actor, Vaudevillian, Dancer, Athlete and Author *** Date of Birth: Bob Hope was born on May 29th 1903 *** Place of Birth: Bob Hope was born in Eltham, London, England *** Family background: His father was William Henry Hope, a stonemason originally from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset and his mother was Avis Townes and she had been a light opera singer who originated from Wales. During 1908 aboard the SS Philadelphia the Hope family emigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland, Ohio *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in America *** Education: Bob Hope attended the Boys’ Industrial School in Lancaster, Ohio ***
Bob Hope Fact 1:
Bob Hope was born on May 29th 1903
and during the 20th century period
in history when he saw so many
wonderful and terrible events shaped
a New World. World War I and World
War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam
War and the Cold War but also such
marvels as advances in medicine,
technology, travel, the expansion of
car travel and air travel and a
massive change within what would
become his own industry,
Bob Hope Fact 3: Using the name Lester Hope he even won a prize for impersonating Charlie Chaplin in 1915.
Bob Hope Fact 4: His first
job out of school was working as a
butcher’s assistant as well as that
of a linesman working for the
Bob Hope Fact 9: Between 1941 and 1978 he would host the Academy Awards a total of fourteen times and although never nominated for an Oscar himself he inevitably made a wise crack along the lines of “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it’s known at my house, Passover.”
Bob Hope Fact 10: During his very long and varied career he also began an acting career motion pictures firstly with Educational Pictures and six short films, the first of which was Going Spanish in 1934 but he told Walter Winchell he was not happy with the final product and commented “When they catch John Dillinger, they’re going to make him sit through it twice.”
Bob Hope Fact 11: His contract was dropped and he signed with Warner Brothers before moving to Hollywood where he signed with Paramount Pictures.
Bob Hope Fact 12: One of his
most successful pairings was with
Bing Crosby and the “Road” movies
they made between 1940 and 1962
including Road to Singapore, Road to
Zanzibar, Road to Morocco and Road
Bob Hope Fact 16: Bob Hope worked with Bing Crosby on many projects over the years together on radio and television as well as in films and on stage, they even had business ventures together but outside of work they did not meet socially.
Bob Hope Fact 17: By 1972 his film career was coming to an end, although he appeared in cameo roles up until the 1980’s.
Bob Hope Fact 18: Hope was also an avid gold player, in 1960 the Bob Hope Classic was founded and Hope made history in 1995 when he was part of a foursome with Presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton teed off for the opening round.
Bob Hope Fact 19: When he was
ninety five years old he made an
appearance alongside Sid Caesar and
Milton Berle at the Primetime Emmy
Awards and two years later he was
also present at the Library of
Congress for the opening of the Bob
Hope Gallery of American
Bob Hope Fact 21:
Bob Hope died on July 27th 2003 at
his home in Toluca Lake, California
of pneumonia two months after his
one hundredth birthday. His body
laid to rest at the Bob Hope
Memorial Garden at San Fernando
Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles.
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