- During the 4 1/2-hour bash Merv Griffin, Shirley Jones, Steve Allen, Tony Martin and Rosemary Clooney each sang, and Clooney called Dolores "just a young chanteuse who had faith and charity . . . and before long she had Hope." The black-tie crowd of nearly 400 included Betsy Bloomingdale, George Schultz, Marvin Davis, Larry Hagman, JoAnne Carson and several Catholic priests and cardinals (which prompted Milton Berle to yell, "No Jews?"). Joked a jubilant Dolores: "I can't think of a better time to die." Chimed in her husband Bob (who turns 96 on Saturday), "Happy birthday, Dolores. I love you very much."
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