Dolores Hope, Bob’s wife of 69 years, passing away

Bob Hope and Dolores Hope in England 1994

Uploaded by on Feb 9, 2008

Here is the legendary Bob Hope at the age of 91, making his final appearance in the land of his birth in June 1994. He returned to England for a final show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Normandy D Day landings which took place on June 6th 1944. An added bonus is to hear his talented wife Delores who appears with him.

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I will never forget seeing Bob Hope perform live in Memphis in 1982 with my grandfather. Bob Hope and my grandfather were born in 1903 and I remember that my grandfather used to say “What is that old man doing on tv at that old age.” Then when Bob Hope came to Memphis, I asked my grandfather to go see that “old man” in person and he was delighted to do so.

It is a sad day with the passing of Dolores Hope, Bob’s wife of 69 years.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolores Hope, the sultry-voiced songstress who was married to Bob Hope for 69 years and sometimes sang on his shows for U.S. troops and on his television specials, has died at age 102.

Hope family spokesman Harlan Boll said Hope died Monday of natural causes at home in Los Angeles. He did not elaborate.

“Both the entertainment world and the church have lost a woman of profound faith, gifted musical talent and dedication,” said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. “The death of Dolores Hope leaves a huge void in Southern California.”

Bob Hope died at age 100 on July 27, 2003.

At her 100th birthday party, Dolores Hope appeared little changed: Her white hair was richly coiffed, her skin smooth and her voice deep and warm. She was brought to the party in a wheelchair but was alert and happy as she greeted old friends and posed for photographs.

Hope mused, “I thought it was going to be just another birthday.”

In 1933, when Bob Hope was appearing in his first Broadway show, “Roberta,” his friend and fellow cast member George Murphy persuaded him to visit the Vogue Club to “hear a pretty girl sing.” She was Dolores Reade, a dark beauty whose singing of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” entranced the young comedian.

“I’ll never forget what a wonderful singer she was,” said Rip Taylor. “In fact, that’s how Bob and Dolores met. It seems to me that they were always laughing.”

Linda Hope and Bob Hope–What’s My Line

Linda Hope and her father, Bob Hope, as the mystery guests on the 24 June 1956 edition of WML.

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Bob Hope–What’s My Line

Bob Hope as mystery guest on 12 December 1954 episode

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James Hardy – Pope AFB – President Reagan – Bob Hope

Uploaded by on Feb 28, 2011

Here is a clip from a show we did at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. President Reagan made an unscheduled visit to the set. The Secret Service worked with us to secure the venue and keep the cameras rolling. No matter how many times I work with them they never cease to impress me with their efficiency and professionalism. http://www.jhfilmco.com

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