Leslie Townes Hope KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), better known as Bob Hope, was a British-American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, and dancer. He was the only person who received five honorary Oscars.
Leslie Townes Hope
May 29, 1903
|Died||July 27, 2003 (aged 100)|
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903, in London, England to a Welsh mother and English father. In 1908, the Hopes migrated to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1920, at age 17, Hope became a U.S. citizen.
Before he was an actor, Hope became a professional boxer. In this time he was called "Packey East". Years later, he was popular because of some musicals he played in. He was also part of some television and radio shows. At the same time, Bob Hope became a comedian. Hope visited the United States armed forces between 1941 and 1991 during the conflicts in that time period. These shows made Hope a household name and well liked by most Americans. Hope also entertained eleven U.S. Presidents.
In 1939, Bob Hope married Dolores DeFina (May 27, 1909 - September 19, 2011). The couple adopted four children: Eleanora, Anthony, Linda, and Kelly.
Bob Hope was honored with more than 1500 awards. Among them are five special Oscars in 1941, 1945, 1953, 1960, and 1966. Between 1940 and 1978 he hosted the Academy Awards record seventeen times.
And in 1998 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Upon accepting the appointment, Hope quipped, "I'm speechless. 70 years of ad lib material and I'm speechless."
Bob Hope died of pneumonia on July 27, 2003, 2 months after his 100th birthday. He was buried 3 days later, reburied on July 22, 2005 in custom made grave in California.
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/95813.stm Hope's knighthood was honorary, so he was not entitled to style himself "Sir".
- ↑ Gayle Pohl. "Hope, Bob". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- ↑ Quirk, Lawrence J. (2001). Bob Hope : the road well-traveled. New York: Applause. pp. 86–87. ISBN 1557834504.
- ↑ Seeing Stars