American comedian, actor, singer and dancer (1903–2003)
Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), best known as Bob Hope, was a British-American entertainer, having appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, movies and in army concerts.
- Thanks to our brave allies: you gallant Russian bear, you British everywhere.
- Introduction to his World War II performances.
- Obituary, The Economist, August 2, 2003
- I was on the way to my hotel, and I passed a hotel going in the opposite direction.
- He arrived in Saigon on the day that Vietcong agents blew up an American officers' billet.
- New York Times obituary, July 28, 2003
- I know I'm in England because this morning, my stomach got up two hours before I did and had a cup of tea! I've had so much tea, I slosh when I walk! You have to drink tea - I've tasted the coffee!
- During a radio broadcast recorded in the UK. (During a broadcast in the Soviet Union, Bob re-used the first section, replacing 'England' with 'Russia' and 'cup of tea' with 'Bowl of Borscht')
- Audio recording of radio broadcast.
- In his prime, the young comic walked onto a stage with the confidence of a man who owned it, and by the time he walked off, he did.
- For years, as I've said, Bob has worked hard for our family's sake to cut our traveling to a minimum. But there are some 300,000 miles he and I shared taht we wouldn't take back for anything. I mean the world-famous Bob Hope Holiday Tours to the armed forces stationed in remote outposts overseas, made on behalf of the U.S.O. "Go with us one time, Anita, and it will get into your blood," Bob Hope suggested in 1960, the first year Bob and I were married. "You'll never play to a greater audience."
- Anita Bryant, Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory (1970). Old Tappan: Fleming H. Revell Company, p. 98