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, Dont Tell Me Its Bad, with Linda Watkins in Say When (1934), and in 1936 introduced the lovely I Cant Get Started in the Ziegfeld Follies, and (with Ethel Merman) Cole Porters amusing Its 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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