“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Widow of Bob Hope has Died…

Posted on September 20, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Dolores Hope, the wife of the iconic comedian, died on Monday. Her resume included stints as a model, Ziegfeld showgirl, and the unofficial first lady of the USO. She leaves a huge legacy of philanthropy unparalleled in entertainment.


   Her early career soared as a singer in 1933, delivering sultry performances as It’s Only a Paper Moon at the Vogue Club in Manhattan. Actor George Murphy was impressed by her show, and introduced Dolores to his friend Bob Hope, a radio and Broadway star. They fell in love and married in early 1934.

   She gave up her career in the supper club circuit, and later in vaudeville, to raise a family. However, she would be part of Bob Hope’s USO Tourand they provided entertainment to our troops. Dolores is the only female entertainer to appear in Saudi Arabia, which she did during Operation Desert Storm. She was a popular guest in eighteen of her husband’s NBC television specials. Rosemary Clooney is credited for getting  Dolores to continue to work. She released albums during a semi-retirement lasting over five decades.

   Dolores has received numerous accolades for her charitable causes including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a street in the Bronx named in her honor. From 1969 to 1976, she served as president of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert. She was also an honorary board member of Wings of Hope, which received a recent 2011 nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to their website, Wings of Hope is a non-racial, non-political, non-sectarian 501(c)3 humanitarian organization.

   Dolores Hope was 102.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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