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The singer Dolores Hope, who has died at the age of 102, was known primarily for her 69-year marriage to the comedian Bob Hope, with whom she performed on television and in concerts for American troops stationed overseas. Growing up in the Bronx, New York, Dolores had always wanted to be a singer. Her husky voice and striking looks quickly brought her regular work under the stage name Dolores Reade (inspired by the Broadway star Florence Reed). In 1933, at the Vogue club in New York, Dolores's rendering of It's Only a Paper Moon captivated Hope, who was a rising Broadway star and performing in the musical comedy Roberta at the time. Hope became a constant visitor to the Vogue thereafter, and the couple married on 19 February 1934. Dolores joined his vaudeville show and they moved to Los Angeles.
She had been born Dolores DeFina in Harlem,
It feels like the end of an era as we hear that Dolores Hope, singer, vaudevillian and wife of comic and actor Bob Hope, has died at the age of 102.
Hope family spokesman Harlan Boll said Dolores died Monday of natural causes at her home in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.
Born Dolores DeFina in The Bronx, New York in 1909, Dolores had a successful nightclub singing career under the name Dolores Reade.
She met Hope in 1933 when he saw her perform in the Vogue Club in New York City and they married in 1934. Dolores then joined Hope's vaudeville act before putting her career on hold so they could concentrate on his movie and TV career.
Dolores accompanied Hope on his U.S.O. Christmas tours to entertain the troops from the late 1940s onward, and she performed on his numerous NBC television specials.
Los Angeles — Dolores Hope, who was married to entertainer Bob Hope for 69 years and sang at his shows, has died at age 102.
Hope family spokesman Harlan Boll says Hope died Monday at home in Los Angeles. A specific cause of death was not available.
The death was first reported by Entertainment Tonight.
Bob Hope died in 2003 at age 100.
Dolores Reade was a nightclub singer before she married Bob Hope in 1934. She mostly stayed home with their children before Hope began his Christmas trips to entertain U.S. troops during World War II.
She sang for U.S. troops and on his television specials.
The Hopes made their last visit to troops overseas in 1990. Dolores Hope sang "White Christmas" in Saudi Arabia during the run-up to Operation Desert Storm.
Born Dolores DeFina, she met Bob while singing in a Manhattan nightclub under the stage name Dolored Reade. The two married in 1934.
The couple traveled the world, while Bob entertained American servicemen overseas for the Uso during WWII.
They eventually settled down and had four children. Dolores was
Hope, a singer who put her career on hold after her marriage, died in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles, said spokesman Harlan Boll. Bob Hope, her husband of almost 70 years, died in July 2003 at the age of 100.
Dolores Hope had a singing career in New York before she met her entertainer husband and married him. Together, they moved to Los Angeles so he could pursue a career in film and television.
The couple raised four children and Dolores often accompanied Hope on his many visits to entertain U.S. troops overseas.
At the age of 83, she revived her singing career, recording several albums and performing with Rosemary Clooney. She made her last visit to U.S. servicemen at age 84, during the 1991 Gulf War,
Dolores was a performer in her own right, singing professionally on the New York night club circuit, when she met Hope in 1933. Born Dolores DeFina, she had taken on the stage name of Dolores Reade. According to People, on the night they met, Hope said, "I'm going to marry her."
Dolores gave up her career to raise the couple's four children together: Linda, Tony, Kelly and Nora. She often joined her husband on-stage entertaining the troops at Uso events and was involved in several charitable causes.
Dolores Hope died at her home in Toluca Lake, California on Monday at the age of 102.
She and Hope were married for 69 years before the Road To Bali star died in 2003, two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.
A beloved philanthropist, Dolores started her career as a professional singer. She wed Hope in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1934. They later adopted four children.
She made history in 1990 when she became the first female entertainer allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia.
Dolores Hope ended her singing career with a string of hit festive albums.
The wife of the TV host and frequent American troop entertainer was a devout Catholic who attended Mass daily for the duration of her life, and constructed a chapel on her property when ill health overtook her and she was no longer able to drive.
Born in the Bronx, then-showgirl Dolores wedded Hope in 1934 and the two enjoyed 69 years of marriage until Bob Hope passed away in 2003. Despite her religious beliefs, Dolores was known as a fun-loving and colorful woman who enjoyed bourbon and entertaining, even in her later years. She occasionally accompanied her husband to entertain U.S. troops and in 1990 was the only female entertainer allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia.
Dolores Hope, who was married to the funnyman for 69 years, was taken to St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank by ambulance on Tuesday afternoon.
The 99-year-old is reported to have suffered a stroke at her San Fernando Valley home, according to website TMZ.com.
Hope was discharged later that day.
It comes just a day after an auction of Hope's belongings from the couple's marital home, including personal items such as hats, suits, sporting memorabilia and movie items which raised more than $600,000 (GBP352,000) for the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation.
No further details about Dolores' condition were known as WENN went to press.
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