11:16 AM EDT 12/29/2014
Originally posted 11/06/2014 01:40PM
Richard Zoglin is the author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century, published this week by Simon & Schuster and cited by reviewers as the definitive biography of the comedy legend. In its current issue, PEOPLE singles it out as the book of the week. Here, an excerpt from the work.
Viewers of The Tonight Show during the 1970s and '80s might have assumed that Bob Hope was one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests.
No one appeared on the show more often than the comedy legend, and his guest appearances clung to a familiar, almost comical ritual. He would walk out to the strains of his theme song, "Thanks for the Memory" – sometimes unannounced, supposedly a "surprise" guest.
After some banter with Johnny, sprinkled with Hope's obviously prepared gag lines, he would introduce a reel of taped highlights from his upcoming special. Then he would scoot away, always with somewhere urgent to go.
One of those who grew tired of the routine was Johnny Carson.
Originally posted 03/14/2014 09:15AM
Bob Thomas, the tireless, longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92.
Originally posted 02/25/2014 08:20AM
Of all the awards shows this season, the Oscars provide the best opportunity for the winners to whip out a classic trophy kiss. The Emmy is too spiky and the Golden Globe makes you look megalomaniacal, but the Oscar statue is just right – a friendly little man made entirely out of gold. Who wouldn't want to kiss him?
But not all Oscar kisses are created equally.
Just as kissing a human requires a hundred instant mental calculations – Cheek or lips? How much tongue? – so does kissing an Oscar. Below, a look at some of the ways Oscar winners have chosen to smooch their statue at their moment of triumph.
Originally posted 09/21/2013 09:30PM
Dolores Hope wanted to live in Beverly Hills, but her funnyman husband, Bob Hope, had other ideas.
"Every time I mentioned Beverly Hills, Bob would go out and buy another piece of property here," Dolores would say, waving a hand to indicate the vast spread that the two of them inhabited in the San Fernando Valley's Toluca Lake starting in 1939.
Eventually the grounds surrounding their English-style manor swelled to 5.16 acres, and the family grew to include four children. The house grew, too, to 15,000 sq. ft., leaving Bob to joke that he needed a map just to find the way to his room.
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.
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