Bob Hope: A Life In Comedy

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Apr 24, 2009 - 512 pages
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Reporter: "What's it like to be Bob Hope?"Hope: "I wouldn't have it any other way."From Bob Hope's early career as an upstart among professionals like Jack Benny and Milton Berle in the rollicking world of traveling comedians, to his blazing success as a radio, television, and film star, this completely revised and updated version of William Faith's acclaimed biography takes a straightforward, appreciative, and very funny look at Hope's life and times on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Filled with anecdotes, photographs, and plenty of jokes, the book reveals the real Bob Hope from his boyhood in England and youth in Cleveland to his present status as a living legend-a full-blooded, authentic appraisal of the man and his humor, a comic institution who is also a brilliant businessman, manipulator of the media, and politically influential figure. And of course Hope is the man who brought laughter and cheer (and long-legged beauties) to GIs throughout the world. At a time when patriotic fervor has never been running higher it's worth recalling the singular tribute paid Hope by none other than John Steinbeck: "When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list.... He gets laughter wherever he goes from men who need laughter." Happy 100th, Bob!
 

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If Nora Hope was born in 1946 and was adopted from the Cradle, could she be my
half sister? My mother maiden name is Hamer ,first name Dorothy Louise born 1927
had a child she gave up for adoption
.My Mom always said her little girl could of been adopted from Red Skelton or Bob Hope. Through all my searches Red Skelton did have a daughter but not adopted from the Cradle. If your searching as I am, I also have 8 other siblings and our birth mothers maiden name was Dorothy Louise Hamer from Lake Forest,Illinois
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Contents

The Road to Cleveland
4
Doans Corners
8
Backroad Follies
13
Sidewalks of New York
20
In the Wings
28
Hollywood Take One
40
Swimming the Palace Moat
46
Ballyhoo and Benefits Too
52
Taking the Beach
217
Liking Ike
230
Have Tux Will Travel
241
Beyond the Iron Curtain
251
Dropped on His Head
263
A Jester in Camelot
272
The Rose Garden
281
Operation Big Cheer
296

Bing Berle and Broadway
56
Inspiration Point
62
Say When
67
The Fabulous Follies
72
Red Hotor Not
77
Laughter in the Air
83
Hollywood Take Two
92
This Is Bob Pepsodent Hope
100
Reunion Abroad
108
Three for the Road
113
Covering the Bases
124
Victory Caravan
134
Frozen Follies
140
Tonic in the Foxhole
148
Presidential Pundit
157
Its Not Over Till Its Over
167
So This Is Peace?
176
Kings Clown
185
Christmas in Berlin
194
The Funniest Laughmaker
199
TVThat Dreadful Thing
207
Hope for President
307
Father of the Brides
319
You Cant Walk Away
329
Rain on Bobs Parade
340
A Partisan Voice
348
This Is Your Life
352
The Road Gets Rougher
369
The Last Christmas Show
375
A Night with Pops
388
A Capital Affair
397
Breaking China
406
Bumps in the Road
415
Icon in Cyberspace
426
Im Still Here
434
Acknowledgments
444
Filmography
446
Bibliography
455
Source Notes
458
Index
463
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About the author (2009)

William Robert Faith worked as Bob Hope's public relations representative for fourteen years. A professor at the University of Southern California's School of Journalism, he lives in Burbank, California.

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