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Bob Hope: My Life in Jokes

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Bob Hope's legendary career spanned the entire twentieth century, from impersonating Charlie Chaplin in front of the firehouse in Cleveland in 1909 to celebrating an unprecedented sixty years with NBC in 1996. To mark the occasion of his 100th birthday last year, Bob Hope collaborated with his daughter, Linda, on this extraordinary recollection in the form of his best jokes and anecdotes. Each of its ten chapters corresponds to a decade in Bob's phenomenal career, and the book features remarkable photos of him ...
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Overview

Bob Hope's legendary career spanned the entire twentieth century, from impersonating Charlie Chaplin in front of the firehouse in Cleveland in 1909 to celebrating an unprecedented sixty years with NBC in 1996. To mark the occasion of his 100th birthday last year, Bob Hope collaborated with his daughter, Linda, on this extraordinary recollection in the form of his best jokes and anecdotes. Each of its ten chapters corresponds to a decade in Bob's phenomenal career, and the book features remarkable photos of him from every decade. The result is a compelling and hilarious portrait of the twentieth century's greatest entertainer and a true national treasure.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Linda Hope, who assembled this volume, clearly understands her father, Bob, and that his life can best be told through his jokes. To read them is to know how he felt on personal and political issues, and their topical, satiric nature makes them more biographically relevant than old material from most other comedians. Linda opens the book with a brief summary of her dad's life (he will turn 100 next month). Ten sections follow chronologically, from Hope's childhood to the present. Cracking about his birth, "when the doctor slapped me, I thought it was applause," the comedian sets the stage for a self-portrait of a man who adored performing and making people laugh above all else. In his 20s, he spoofed early show business bookings, after which he describes meeting singer and future wife Dolores Reade as "love at first song." From this point, the legend grows increasingly familiar, with references to the Road pictures and Hope's first appearance, in 1939, hosting the Academy Awards. Considering the current political climate, his recurring tours entertaining troops through WWII and the Korean War are of particular interest ("I was offering time and laughs-the men and women fighting the war were offering up their lives"). Another line is a humorously accurate testament to Hope's longevity ("I've been with NBC so long. I was here when the peacock was just an egg"). The quality of the jokes range from gently amusing to side-splitting, mildly sharp but never mean-spirited. After reading them, it's easy to understand Hope saying he'd like to live his life all over again because "it's been a hell of a ride." Photos. (May) Forecast: Given the mainstream media's current rage for supporting war and Hope's history as entertainer to the troops, this book could get lots of coverage from a nostalgic, patriotic angle. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401300951
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/7/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 156,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Hope was in the forefront of the entertainment industry for virtually his entire life. Primarily a comedian, he also acted, sang, and even danced, hosted his own radio and television shows, and starred in sixty movies. Bob Hope's dedication to and love for the American GI is legendary. He traveled around the world to entertain the men and women in uniform during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. No individual in the history of show business journeyed so far—and so often—to entertain so many. He received more than two thousand awards and citations for his humanitarian and professional efforts, and was honored and befriended by every U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Linda Hope, Bob and Dolores Hope's daughter, is chief operating officer of Hope Enterprises, Inc., and producer of her father's television specials for the last twenty-five years. She lives in North Hollywood, California, and Ireland.

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On the early years:
"I wouldn't have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me."

On growing old:
"Age is only a number. However, in my case, it's a rather large number."

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Note to the Reader 13
My Childhood: 1903-1913 15
My Early Years: 1913-1923 28
My Twenties: 1923-1933 38
My Thirties: 1933-1943 47
My Forties: 1943-1953 68
My Fifties: 1953-1963 95
My Sixties: 1963-1973 120
My Seventies: 1973-1983 139
My Eighties: 1983-1993 161
My Nineties: 1993-2003 191
Acknowledgments 202
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    A great man with a great sense of humor!

    This memoir was Entertaining and very Inspiring. Bob Hope was a wonderful comedian who told jokes because he loved to. He was very good at it too. This book divided his life time into ten sections, from when he was born to his nineties. Bob was born in Eltham in England in 1903. Bob and his family moved to the United States to start from scratch. They lived in Cleveland but things weren't any better than it was in England. Growing up he had theatrical ambitions and started off dancing at theaters to make some money. He then began going on theatrical tours. He eventually made his way up to appearing on Broadway and Hollywood films. In his Thirties he started to become a very familiar face to many people. He has been through dozens of Broadway musicals, plays, and films. In 1941 World War II broke out and Bob went with a group of performers to do radio shows for military personnel. Ever since, Bob was traveling to entertain our troops that were fighting wars. During the cold war, Bob traveled to Russia to entertain and support troops who were deployed there. It was not a safe place to be at the time but he did it for the men and woman who fought for our country. He not only supported our troops but also motivated and inspired them. This memoir was worth reading and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Hope you gave us, Bob. Thanks

    Bob Hope has always been a crucial part of our countries history. From Vietnam to the big screen, he has never failed to put a smile to our faces and a hop to our leap. Thanks for the memories, Bob. You will never be forgotten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    thanxs for the memories, Bob

    I loved this book, His voice and his mannerism seems tohave come off the pages. I could actually hear telling the jokes. Im in my 40's but I can remember him in the movies and the tv shows when I was little.

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