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Dolores Hope Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 May 1909Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 19 September 2011Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDolores DeFina

Mini Bio (1)

Dolores Hope was born on May 27, 1909 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Dolores DeFina. She is known for her work on Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories (1993), Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer from Saudi Arabia (1991) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope (1974). She was married to Bob Hope. She died on September 19, 2011 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Bob Hope (19 February 1934 - 27 July 2003) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (9)

Has 4 adopted children: Anthony, Nora, Linda Hope and Kelly Hope.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Became a centenarian on May 27, 2009 and her birthday was featured on The Today (1952) Show.
During the 1930s, she began her professional singing career under the name, "Dolores Reade", on the advice of her agent. In 1933, after appearing at the Vogue Club, a Manhattan nightclub, Reade was introduced to Bob Hope, who had been advised to check her out by George Murphy.
At 83, she recorded her first CD, "Dolores Hope: Now and Then". She followed this with three additional albums and also recorded a Christmas CD, with Bob, entitled "Hopes for the Holidays".
Her and Bob's son Anthony died in 2004 at age 63. Mrs. Hope is survived by two daughters, Linda Hope, a television producer, of Toluca Lake, and Nora Hope; another son, William, of Oakland, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
On one of Bob Hope's Christmas tours during the Vietnam War, she sang "Silent Night" to the troops, and brought many to tears, so her husband promptly sent her back home to the U.S.
Daughter of John Thomas DeFina and the former Theresa Kelly.
Was a friend of Maria von Trapp.

Personal Quotes (1)

[Interview, 1982] My father died when I was very young, and there was just my mother, my sister, and me. Were we a needy family? I always like what General Eisenhower said: 'We were poor and didn't know it.'

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