DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Bob Hope (aged 100)
American comedian, actor, singer and dancer
Leslie Townes Hope, (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), known professionally as Bob Hope, was an American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career that spanned nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films with Hope as star, including a series of seven “Road” musical comedy movies with Bing Crosby as Hope’s top-billed partner.
DEATH: On the morning of July 27, 2003, Hope died of pneumonia at the age of 100 at his home in Toluca Lake, California. His grandson Zach Hope told TV interviewer Soledad O’Brien that, when asked on his deathbed where he wanted to be buried, Hope told his wife, Dolores, “Surprise me.” His remains were temporarily placed in a mausoleum vault before the construction of the Bob Hope Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, joined in 2011 by Dolores when she died—four months after her 102nd birthday. After his death, newspaper cartoonists worldwide paid tribute to his work for the USO, and some featured drawings of Bing Crosby, who had died in 1977, welcoming Hope to Heaven.