Originally created 05/29/03

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope

Highlights in Bob Hope's life:

May 29, 1903 - Leslie Towns Hope born in Eltham, England.

1907 - Family emigrates to the United States, settling in Cleveland.

1920s - Becomes rising vaudeville star, at first as part of a dancing act.

1927 - New York stage debut in "Sidewalks of New York."

1932 - Makes radio debut on "Capitol Family Hour."

1932-36 - Appears in several important Broadway productions, including "Roberta," the 1935 "Ziegfeld Follies" and "Red, Hot and Blue."

1934 - Marries singer Dolores Reade. They adopted four children: Linda, Anthony, William Kelly and Honora.

1934 - First radio show premieres, beginning a record 62-year affiliation with NBC.

1938 - Feature film debut in "The Big Broadcast of 1938," in which he and Shirley Ross sing "Thanks for the Memory."

Feb. 23, 1939 - First Oscar appearance, presenting the awards for best short films.

Feb. 29, 1940 - First appearance as Academy Awards master of ceremonies. In all, he served as an emcee or co-host 20 times between 1940 and 1978.

1940 - Co-stars with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in first of the "Road" pictures, "The Road to Singapore."

May 6, 1941 - Plays first camp show for servicemen at March Field in California.

1948 - First Christmas tour for servicemen taking part in Berlin airlift.

1950 - Makes first television specials, including first Christmas special.

March 19, 1953 - Serves as co-host for first televised Oscar ceremony.

1969 - Receives Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon B. Johnson.

March 29, 1978 - Host of Oscar ceremony for the last time.

December 1990 - Goes to Persian Gulf to entertain troops on the eve of the Gulf War; his last Christmas show for troops overseas. He joked: "If anybody tells you I was in the Civil War, I'm denying it."

May 1993 - 90th birthday celebrated with a TV special featuring President Clinton and former presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush.

November 1996 - NBC airs his last special, "Laughing with the Presidents."

March 1997 - U.S. Navy christens the USNS Bob Hope, a 950-foot, 33,000-ton support ship.

May 2000 - Library of Congress opens the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment.


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