12:51 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 09/19/2011 04:30PM
Dolores Hope, the radiant wife of comedian Bob Hope, died peacefully Monday morning at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., a family friend confirms to PEOPLE. She was 102 and had been in relativity good health until the past few months.
The former Dolores DeFina, born in the Bronx, was singing in a Manhattan nightclub under the professional name Dolores Reade when newcomer Bob Hope, after a performance in a Broadway show, walked into the club with the dancer George Murphy. Hearing Reade sing "It's Only a Paper Moon," Hope said to Murphy, "I'm going to marry her." He did, Feb. 19, 1934.
Lucille Ball once said, "The smartest thing Bob Hope ever did was marry Dolores."
Originally posted 07/21/2010 07:40AM
He's not a TV star anymore, but Emmy gold will shine upon George Clooney on TV's big night Aug. 29. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present the actor-filmmaker with its humanitarian award, named for the late comic-actor Bob Hope.
Clooney, 49, is being recognized for organizing a telethon that raised funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He also has been extremely active in helping to increase awareness about genocide in Darfur.
Clooney is only the fourth person to receive the Bob Hope Award. Past winners have been Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and (in a posthumous presentation) actor-comic Danny Thomas.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 10/20/2008 08:45AM
An autographed photograph of Lucille Ball that hung in Bob Hope's office fetched more than $6,500 at auction this weekend, in a sale of Hope memorabilia.
Proceeds from the sale, which raised more than $600,000, will go to benefit the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, which helps charities that were close to the late comic legend.
The photo of Ball, in her Lucy Ricardo guise playing a toothless gypsy, is inscribed to "Rapid Robert" – Hope's nickname because of his quick-fire comic delivery – and says, "Because he loves beauty. XX Lucy."
Comic George Lopez successfully bid on golfing gear used by Hope, who died in 2003 at age 100. Ball died in 1989, at 77.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 05/30/2003 10:00AM
WRONG NUMBER I: One of the gags in Jim Carrey's "Bruce Almighty" is a phone number that flashes across the screen, allowing viewers to ring up and talk to God. But Donna Augustin, of Parrish, Fla., has the very same number -- and since the movie opened last Friday her phone has been ringing constantly, reports Florida's WBBH-TV. "They would call up to midnight, 1 a.m. and it just kept happening," says Augustin. A spokeswoman for Universal Studios told Colorado's Rocky Mountain News that the number was picked simply because it doesn't exist in Buffalo, N.Y., where the movie is set.
Originally posted 05/27/2003 12:00PM
One hundred years ago -- Thursday, to be exact -- Bob Hope was born, under the name Leslie Townes Hope.
Originally posted 04/16/2003 01:20PM
Dennis Miller, Kelsey Grammer and veteran comedian Phyllis Diller -- whose career in the early '60s was greatly encouraged by Bob Hope -- paid tribute to the legendary entertainer at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday.
Originally posted 03/08/2002 12:00PM
Bob Hope gives a million; widow and former Playmate Anna Nicole wins $88 million; Miss Piggy is getting new friends; Phyllis Diller is saying adieu.
Originally posted 02/25/1999 12:00AM
Glittery old Hollywood and political Washington joined together at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday night to celebrate the 90th birthday of singer Dolores Hope -- described by one of her grandchildren as the "backbone of the (Bob) Hope family," reports PEOPLE Daily editor Stephen M. Silverman. Nancy Reagan (who rocked with laughter at a mimic's impersonations of Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra) delivered one of several toasts to the birthday girl, as did Dick Clark, Joe Montegna, Red Buttons, ex-California Governor Pete Wilson and Phyllis Diller. "Old," said Diller (in her 80s herself), "is when your walker has an airbag."
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