Bob Hope

Bob Hope

1959: Emmy: Trustees' Award "for bringing the great gift of laughter to all peoples of all nations; for selflessly entertaining American troops throughout the world over many years; and for making TV finer by these deeds and by the consistently high quality of his TV programs through the years"

1985: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award

1995: National Medal of Arts: presented by President Bill Clinton.

ABC-TV Network News Poll, A&E Biography Viewers Poll, as well as magazine and newspaper 'century roundups' have proclaimed Hope as the "Entertainer of the 20th Century."

According to Hope's biographer Arthur Marx, son of comedian Groucho Marx, Hope married his vaudeville partner of five years, Grace Louise Troxell, on 25 January 1933, although they divorced soon afterwards. Hope denied that they had actually married.

After his death in 2003, an airport in Burbank, California, was named "Bob Hope Airport" in his memory.

Appointed an honorary CBE in 1976.

As a young comedian, he won a Charles Chaplin look-alike contest in Cleveland.

At 69 years, his marriage to Dolores Hope held the record for the longest Hollywood marriage when he passed away in 2004. It has since been passed by the marriage of Art Linkletter to Lois Foerster. They were married November 25, 1935.

At the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, Hope released a statement saying he wished he could go to the country to entertain the troops, but that his doctors would not allow him.

Attended the funeral of his friend of more than forty years, former President Richard Nixon. (27 April 1994).

Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President John F. Kennedy at the White House. (September 11th 1963).

Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson on his last day in office. (January 20th 1969)

Awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. (1998)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 256-258. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 219-222. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Brother Jack Hope sometimes served as producer of Bob's shows; his memoir 'I Owe Russia $1200' is dedicated to Jack's memory.

Despite a well documented reputation for frugality, Hope is believed to have donated an estimated $1 billion to charity.

Entertained U.S. troops starting 6th May 1941, and became the first 'honorary veteran' by Congress.

First show business job was as a dancer in the 'Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle' vaudeville revue in Cleveland in 1924.