May 9, 1993 |
He always seems to bring up George Burns. It's a classic comic device - divert attention and then bring it back with a zing, and a laugh. But when you start to talk about his age, Bob Hope, the world's second-oldest legendary comedian, seems just to want to divert attention, period. That's going to be hard to do in the next few weeks. Hope will turn 90 on May 29. On Friday from 8 to 11 p.m., NBC (Channel 3) will invite a few million people to help him celebrate the milestone.
March 18, 1986 |
The nation's two foremost pols of Irish descent, House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. and his chief political adversary, President Reagan, traded jokes last night as St. Patrick's Day and a huge party celebrating O'Neill's last hurrah were nearing an end together. "I've always known Tip was behind me, even if it was only at the State of the Union," Reagan told the crowd at a dinner honoring the Massachusetts Democrat for his 50 years of public service. "As I made each proposal, I could hear Tip whispering to George Bush, 'Forget it, no way, fat chance.
May 18, 1987 |
HOPING FOR A GLIMPSE of Bob Hope, a member of E Company, the engineers company at Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College, manages a quick leftward glance. Hope, who was named an honorary alumnus yesterday, was standing on a balcony with the academy commandant.
September 20, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Dolores Hope, 102, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has died. Mrs. Hope died Monday of natural causes at her home in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. In the late 1960s, the Hopes donated 80 acres near their future Palm Springs estate for the medical center, which opened in 1971.
December 25, 1990 |
Bob Hope performed in a U.S. military compound here yesterday, keeping alive his tradition of entertaining U.S. troops at Christmas that dates to 1941. But the 87-year-old comedian left Marie Osmond and the Pointer Sisters - part of his show - in Bahrain to avoid offending the Saudis with women entertainers. When women do appear in Hope's show they will wear loose-fitting clothing to hide their figures, rather than risk offending Saudi sensibilities, according to a statement issued by the Defense Department in Washington yesterday.
July 15, 2011
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a TV man Whose claims to fame were The Brady Bunch And the castaway Gilligan. His name was mighty Sherwood Schwartz Who passed Tuesday, age 94 His shows will survive on TVLand For many decades more, for many decades more The Jersey boy started in radio With Ozzie & Harriet and Bob Hope But once he turned to television There was no looking back, no looking back His ship came in when he branched out to an uncharted goofy world Of Gilligan The Bradys, too He wrote bad jokes - and worse themes The critics balked But audiences flocked All thanks to Gilligan's Isle.
May 9, 1991 |
The band played his theme song, but it was her turn to say thanks for the memories. On Sunday, Dolores Hope, wife of the well-known and loved comedian, was given the Bob Hope Five-Star Civilian Award for distinguished service as part of the Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College's 16th annual Loyalty Law Day observance. "She deserves it for living with me for 57 years," said the comedian, who said his wife had received "little awards here and there over the years.
March 19, 1986 |
CBS's new Wednesday lineup is worse than its old one, which at least offered Mary. Now we have Fast Times and Tough Cookies, at least for a while. The evening's highlight, by now, is a foregone conclusion: NBC's St. Elsewhere, which last week delivered another knockout punch. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS BOB HOPE'S ROYAL COMMAND PERFORMANCE FROM SWEDEN (8 p.m., Ch. 3) - It's been 21 years since Bob Hope starred in I'll Take Sweden. Woody Allen, a genius at comic filmmaking, is a big fan of Hope's films, but as for this latest Hope special from Sweden, what can be said?
May 25, 2003 |
If you stay long enough at "Bob Hope and American Variety," the exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, you can put together your own Bob Hope routine. With at least 250,000 jokes at your fingertips, it's virtually impossible not to put together your own Bob Hope routine. So (drum roll here) we've assembled one for you - with a Philly theme. Hope made several Philadelphia-area appearances through the decades, and seven files of Philly jokes sit in his fabled vault.
January 11, 1986 |
If the Guinness Book of Records ever adds a category for Entertainer with the Most Honors and Most Things Named for Him, Bob Hope will win, hands down. Folks keep attaching the comedian's name to anything from golf clubs to medical centers to, most recently, a cultural center in Palm Springs. And heaping laurels upon him: honorary degrees and memberships, plaques, medals, awards . . . The reason has less to do with durability and longevity than with the public spirit of the man. At 82, Hope's drive and get-up-and-go seem endless; he's almost constantly on a plane jetting to performances or appearances to benefit charities or promote his TV shows.