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|Leslie Hope Biography and Filmography
Birthday: May 29, 1903
Birth Place: Eltham, London, England, UK
Height: 5' 1"
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- ABC-TV Network News Poll, A&E Biography Viewers Poll, as well as magazine and newspaper 'century roundups' have proclaimed Hope as the "Entertainer of the 20th Century."
- 1957: Golden Globe: Ambassador of Good Will Award
- 1959: Emmy: Trustees' Award "for bringing the great gift of laughter to all peoples of all nations; for selflessly entertaining American troops throughout the world over many years; and for making TV finer by these deeds and by the consistently high quality of his TV programs through the years"
- 1962: Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Cecil B. DeMille Award.
- 1965: Screen Actors Guild: Life Achievement Award
- 1984: Emmy: Governor's Award
- 1985: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1994: American Comedy Award: Lifetime Achievement (male)
- 1995: National Medal of Arts: presented by President Bill Clinton.
- Has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Has 4 adopted children: Eleanora Avis "Nora", Anthony, Linda Hope and Kelly Hope.
- Has entertained the troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War
- Awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. (1998)
- Played his first big part in the Broadway version of "Roberta" in 1933.
- In the 1950s, a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. His guest appearance in "I Love Lucy" (1951) centered around his attending a Yankees-Indians game at Yankee Stadium.
- Holds two entries in "The Guinness Book of World Records". One is for having the distinction of being the entertainer with "the longest running contract with a single network - spanning sixty-one years". The second is for being the "most honored entertainer", with over 1500 awards.
- Served as United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) Entertainment Coordinator from 1941 - 2001. Retired his post at age 98 in favor of Wayne Newton.
- Received 58 honorary degrees.
- Entertained U.S. troops starting 6th May 1941, and became the first 'honorary veteran' by Congress.
- He entertained 11 different Presidents, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and ending with Bill Clinton.
- His golf buddy was Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.
- He was the only entertainer to have complete carte blanche to walk on whenever he felt like it on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962).
- He change his name from Leslie to Bob, because in school they would call the roll as 'Hope, Leslie' and classmates shortened it to hopeless.
- In a mostly ad-libbed skit for a TV show, Hope joked with Jimmy Durante about the size of his own nose. Durante quipped "When it comes to noses, you're a retailer. I'm a wholesaler!"
- Appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.
- Wife Dolores was born 27th May 1909. She and Bob celebrated their birthdays on 28th May every year - splitting the difference between their respective real birthdays .
- Spent his 99th birthday 29 May 2002, at home in Toluca Lake, CA. Wife Dolores's 93rd birthday was just two day before. Los Angeles National Cemetery dedicated veterans' chapel in his name to salute his lifetime of service entertaining U.S. troops.
- His grandfather lived to age of 99 years, 11 months, and 25 days
- Was honored on the "'Dean Martin' Celebrity Roasts" in 1974.
- Has two theaters named after him, one in London and another in California.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Was incorrectly declared dead several times since retiring from the public eye. On the most infamous occasion in 1998, a wire service accidentally posted a pre-written obituary to a Web page. A member of the US House of Representatives saw this bogus news flash and announced Hope's death during a session at the Capitol. Hope learned he was dead when a reporter called his home asking for a statement. According to family members, Hope took this mistake in good humor.
- First show business job was as a dancer in the 'Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle' vaudeville review in Cleveland in 1924.
- Graduated from Fairmount High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Wrote several books about his experiences over the years, including "I Owe Russia 00", about his Soviet tour in early 1962, "Confessions of a Hooker", about his lifelong passion for golf, and "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me!", about his many overseas trips to entertain U.S. service men and women over the years.
- Hosted the Oscars 18 times, including the ceremonies in 1939, 1954, 1962 and 1968.
- In 1999, he became the first to start the tradition of the official lighting of the Christmas Tree in Disneyland. Afterwards, he and Dolores drove their own golf cart down Main Street, through Frontier Land to Club 33 for dinner.
- His last appearance with Lucille Ball on television was in 1989 on the 62nd Accademy Awards announcing the nominations and winner of Best Picture. They both received a standing ovation on arriving on stage.
- Grandfather of actress Leslie Hope.
- Brother Jack Hope sometimes served as producer of Bob's shows; his memoir 'I Owe Russia 00' is dedicated to Jack's memory.
- Has a ship named after him: USNS Bob Hope.
- In 1997, Congress named Hope an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction.
- In 1997, the U.S. Air Force honored Hope by naming a cargo plane "The Spirit of Bob Hope" after the legendary entertainer.
- USO center is named after him
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 219-222. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- Was a supporter of Valley Forge Military Academy & Junior College in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He has the "Bob Hope Five-Star Award for Distinguished Service to the United States of America" named in his honor.
- Was a Master Mason.
- At 69 years, his marriage to Dolores Hope holds the record for the longest Hollywood marriage.
- He is among the select few non-band members who have had the honor of dotting the "i" during The Ohio State University Marching Band's 'Script Ohio' routine. This is considered the greatest honor the band can bestow to any non-band person and is an extremely special (and rare) event.
- Fought as a Professional boxer under the name Packy East
- Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President John F. Kennedy at the White House. (September 11th 1962)
- Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson on his last day in office. (January 20th 1969)
- He was one of the richest movie stars.... he ranked in the top ten highest salaried stars continuously from 1941-1953 [except for 1948]
- Hosted the Academy Awards in 1940, 1943, 1945 (alongside John Cromwell), 1946 (alongside James Stewart), 1953 (alongside Conrad Nagel), 1955 (alongside Thelma Ritter), 1958 (alongside James Stewart, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell and "Donald Duck"), 1959 (alongside Jerry Lewis, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Mort Sahl and Tony Randall), 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1975 (alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra) and finally in 1978.
- According to Hope's biographer Arthur Marx, son of comedian Groucho, he married his vaudeville partner of five years Grace Louise Troxell on 25 January 1933, although they divorced soon after wards. Hope denied that they had actually married.
- As a young comedian, he won a Charlie Chapin look-alike contest in Cleveland.
- Was briefly a professional boxer. He fought under the name Packy East.
- Bob and Bing Crosby were planning to make one last "road" picture in early 1977, but Bing died before filming. Bob was so broken up about Bing's death that he couldn't sleep for days on end. He stated that it was one of the worst times of his life and that his wife was his rock who got him through the tough time. Bing Crosby was his best friend.
- On his wartime USO tours, he had one ironclad rule that he insisted his fellow performers follow. Under no circumstances were they allowed to cry when visiting wounded soldiers in military hospitals. This was often difficult given the amount of suffering they saw, but he told his performers that it was their duty to always smile, and to provide laughs and good cheer for the troops. According to Hope, he broke his own rule only once. While visiting an army hospital in Italy in 1943, he stopped at the bedside of a wounded soldier who had been in a coma for two months. The soldier suddenly opened his eyes and said, "Hey, Bob Hope! When did you get here?" He had to leave the hospital room to keep the troops from seeing his tears, but he returned a few hours later to present the soldier with his Purple Heart medal.