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Popped Clog: Bob Hope

Bob Hope - actor, husband, centenarian - has died. He was 100, as centenarians so often are.

30 July 2003

Bob Hope met Dolores Reade in December of 1933. The early days of the romance were a mad rush of vaudeville and golf: "the first date Bob and I ever had, we ruined the tablecloth at the restaurant," remembers Dolores. "We were writing out our favourite golf holes on the table cloth." Bob was in love.

Dolores and Bob were married on February 19th, 1934. She was a professional singer, but had a deeply spiritual side, as Bob recalls: "Dolores is Catholic, very religious. She prays for me. She prayed for me the first time she saw my act." Being a Catholic certainly affected her outlook on life. "For years," said Bob, "she thought Norman Vincent Peale was a stripper." Whatever that might mean.

Together they adopted four children. "My four precious deductions" as Bob called them. Dolores gave up singing to become a full-time mother, homemaker and volunteer worker. "I didn't want her to be overexposed," explained Bob. In later life, Bob came to resent Dolores for holding him back: "They asked me if I'd run for President, but Dolores wouldn't want to move to a smaller house."

In 1993, Dolores recorded her first album at the age of 84, and in 1995 she recorded a Christmas album with Bob, entitled 'Hopes For The Holidays'. It's currently ranked 341,290 on Amazon, and rising.

This is a nice picture of her.

Her five favourite Bob Hope movies are:

'Monsieur Beaucaire' (1946).

'Fancy Pants' (1950).

'That Certain Feeling' (1956).

'Seven Little Foys' (1955)

She is very fond of dogs. As was Bob.

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