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Posted on 12/28/2017 11:35:33 AM PST by jazusamo
Full title: Bob Hope was determined to entertain American troops and give back to the country he loved, says daughter
From vaudeville to Hollywood, Bob Hope conquered it all as a beloved showman but his greatest achievement was entertaining the troops.
At the time of his death in 2003 at age 100, the New York Times reported the film, TV and stage star performed nearly all of his 400 radio programs at military bases and embarked on annual tours where he delighted American servicemen with his sidesplitting monologues. Hope even took time to befriend weary soldiers and, as his name implies, deliver hope to those fighting for their country.
His eight-decade career is the subject of a new PBS documentary, titled American Masters: This is Bob Hope , which explores his contributions as a comedian, actor and proud patriot. And the unabridged directors cut features over 35 minutes of footage just for fans.
Fox News spoke with his daughter Linda about growing up with Hope.
Fox News: What are some of your favorite memories involving your dad?
Linda Hope: The fun of his homecomings. When he would go away usually for several weeks at a time and finally come home, we anticipated it for days. Particularly right around the holidays because my mother had a rule that when dad was away at Christmas, we would only be able to open just a few presents on Christmas Day.
The unabridged directors cut of American Masters: This is Bob Hope
premieres Friday, December 29 on PBS.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
God bless him for the many years he entertained U.S. troops.
He was a great dancer, too!
Amen to that!
Thanks for the memories Bob....
Current entertainers are a pale shadow of Bob Hope. He commanded that stage with wit and talent.
He was an amazing man.
Hope & Cagney - 1955 - 7 Little Foys. Both in their 50’s.
You’re right...We especially loved the TV shows of him and his group entertaining troops.
Saw him one time in Danang, with his fellow entertainers, and it was a welcome couple of hours away from the action.
Nobody since then has come even close to being what he was to the troops away from home.
I was backstage at a charity event he was doing (well high ticket prices) after my stagehands set dressing rooms for him and for Patty Page. I had met him just a little earlier.
He got up onstage (Patty sang first - I got her autograph right after she came down the stairs off the stage). Hope told a joke (several of course but this one stands out in my mind) - I have never been able to tell it successfully - he had the timing of a professional (obviously). That was many decades ago.
A friend I worked with had seen one of his shows in Vietnam and like you said, it was a welcome break and a great show.
When he and James Cagney danced, in the movie, "THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS", the two of them were AMAZING and Cagney had been a chorus boy and dancer/actor, on Broadway, before he went into the movies!
LOL...should have read the thread before I posted; you beat me to it! Thanks for posting the link!
So you’re saying it’s not true he was involved in Hollywood child trafficking or pedophilia?
I saw a version of this last month and at the end they said he was out of touch because he once talked to Richard Nixon about winning the war and they said troops were booing him on stage. They said he used women to entertain the troops so they would stop booing, and this was uncomfortable for the women. Turned into a real hit piece.
this one out...Hope history of USO shows....
Bob Hope Christmas With The Troops
I don’t remember where I was (sittin on an ammo dump in I-Corps, I think) I missed his Danang show in 71.
My dad knew him pretty well and really liked him. Genuinely funny guy.
funniest movie line ever.
Ann Margaret is also a real trooper.
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