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Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dolores Hope

Dolores Hope, Bob Hope's widow and married to him for nearly forty years, will celebrate birthday 102 today.

Yes, she is still alive.

Wikipedia notes the following, which I found interesting:
In 1990, she was the only female entertainer allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia.
Still performing at the age of eighty-one. Amazing!

More about Dolores Hope HERE at The Great Entertainers Media Archive, including the following video of Bob Hope's final performance with Dolores at his side:


  1. Wow! How sweet and touching to feature her, AOW. I don't know much about her, but I'm sure she was as classy as her late husband.

  2. They don't have classy stars and couples like them anymore.

  3. Nice post for a Holiday weekend. Make it a good one, everyone. Remember those who have given so much to make us free. We can do no less.

  4. Holy smokes!

    I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

  5. God bless her! Have a super weekend my friend!!:)

  6. We visited the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL while there. Highly recommended if ever in the area, plus has the bonus of the Blue Angels practicing there.

    They had a memorial to Bob Hope, I gained a whole new appreciation for him after reading all that he did for the troops. He sacrificed holidays with his own family to be with them.

  7. Wow, I had no idea she was still with us. God bless her.

  8. The galley I eat at every night is named the Bob Hope Galley. We have people from all the services here and everyone I talked to says this is the best military food they have ever had.

  9. We saw Bob Hope in person back in 1977. He personalized his routine to our mid-size college community. He evidently had researchers learn everything they could about our history, little secrets and our local poltics. He played on this information masterfully and it was certainly even funnier than than watching him on TV (although I always enjoyed that).

    The on-screen romance, innuendos and flirting with the leading ladies was all just part of his shtick. Every account I read was that he was completely devoted and faithful to Dolores.

    Dolores was usually behind the scenes but actively supporting Bob in his USO tours. They were up on the front lines several times. I can't recall the specifics but on one Pacific Island, minutes before Bob was to go on stage, the Marines shot and killed a Japanese sniper hiding nearby.

    The Hopes were true American patriots and far more entertaining (and patriotic) than many so-called "entertainers" today. Happy birthday Dolores and God bless you.

  10. Alligator,
    I, too, saw Bob Hope live -- back in the late 19602 or early 1970s, at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

    What a fantastic entertainer Bob Hope was!

    An apolitical creature at the time, I was amazed as to how many political jokes the man could tell.

    You're right about Bob Hope's devotion to Dolores. All the innuendos were strictly for entertainment.

  11. AOW - that was one thing about Hope - he tweaked all politicians' noses the same regardless if they were D or R. But his jokes and one-liners were not mean spirited and vile. Even the presidents he lampooned laughed at themselves.

    Compare that to some of our "comedians" today. They aren't funny, don't know how to funny, so all that is left is to use the word f*** or m***f as their punch line and direct it at Christian, a conservative or Republican.

  12. Mustang points out that today (May 29) is Bob Hope's birthday.

  13. At one time my Wife and I worked for a couple, Mr. Mrs. William Catron, good friends of Mr. Mrs. Bob Hope. The Catrons said the Hopes were down to earth folks.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

  14. I didn't know she was still alive! Thanks for the post. Enjoyable reading.

    *Have a memorable Memorial Day tomorrow.

    God Bless America!


  15. David,
    The Catrons said the Hopes were down to earth folks.

    No doubt!

    Glad to see you back in the blogosphere, David. And good to find out that your wife doesn't have Alzheimer's Disease after all. I'll be praying that a new doctor will have the wisdom to help you and Sue.

  16. Tammy,
    Mr. AOW and I commemorated yesterday at the VFW, at the open house there.

    But we will pause for a moment today at 3:00 PM. And the flag is flying from our front porch -- never mind the birds nesting there. I typically don't disturb them, but today they'll just have to "work around" our nation's flag.

  17. Thanks for this one, AOW. They don't make 'em like Bob & Dolores anymore. I've been a fan ever since my company convoyed down to Cam Ranh Bay to see his Xmas show in '67.

  18. Bob,
    You saw one of Bob Hope's shows for the troops? I bet that show has been one of the highlights of your life.


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