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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 27, 2003|
|Born:||May 29, 1903||Cause of Death:||pneumonia|
|Birth Place:||Eltham, England, GB||Profession:||Producer ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Immigrated to USA aged four
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio
Won contest as Chaplin imitator (date approximate)
Began performing in vaudeville
Appeared in the stage production of "Sidewalks of New York"
Broadway acting debut in "Roberta"
Film acting debut in "The Big Broadcast of 1938"; sang (with Shirley Ross) what was to become his signature song, "Thanks for the Memory"; became host of NBC Radio's "The Pepsodent Show"--Hope's NBC radio show would last until the 1950s in one form or another
First "Road" film teaming him with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, "Road to Singapore"
Began entertaining US troops at March Field in Riverside, California, in May
Made first trip with USO, visting army bases in England, North Africa and Sicily
Cut the ribbon on the first Los Angeles TV broadcast--at KTLA
Initiated first of numerous Christmas shows for armed forces personnel abroad
Hosted "Star Spangled Revue"
NBC broadcast first of Hope's annual Christmas specials
Made last "Road" film, "Road to Hong Kong"
Hosted "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre"; appearing often in the anthological offerings
Applied for visa to Hanoi to negotiate release of US prisoners
Awarded his fourth star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
String of annual NBC Christmas shows broken
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