Bob Hope

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Leslie Townes Hope, 29 May 1903, Eltham, London, England, d. 27 July 2003, Hollywood, California, USA. One of the all-time great entertainers; an actor and comedian, whose singing ability has usually been sadly under-rated. Hope was taken to the USA at the age of four and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. As a teenager he tried his hand at various jobs including boxing, and toured in vaudeville as a song-and-dance-man for a time. In the late 20s and early 30s he had small parts and some chorus work in a few Broadway shows before making a big impression in Roberta in 1933. He had the amusing duet, ‘Don’t Tell Me It’s Bad’, with Linda Watkins in Say When (1934), and in 1936 introduced the lovely ‘I Can’t Get Started’ in the Ziegfeld Follies, and (with Ethel Merman) Cole Porter’s amusing ‘It’s De-Lovely’ in Red, Hot And Blue!. By this time he had broken into radio, and in 1938 he was given his own show. In the same year...

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