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Bob Hope
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Born in Eltham, London
Born on 29th of May 1903
Died on 27th of July 2003

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Bob Hope (or as he then was, Leslie Townes Hope) was born in Eltham in 1903, his family emigrating to the USA in 1908. After working as a butcher among other manual jobs he learned to dance and entered showbiz as a hoofer, quickly graduating to comedy on Broadway. He made scores of movies, most memorably the Road to... series with Bing Crosby; appeared equally often in stage shows; was one of the earliest TV stars (having had a very popular radio show for years); hosted the Oscars more often than any other star; and appeared in USO shows to support American troops from WWII to The First Gulf War. He was married (though how officially is unclear) for nearly 70 years, a fact that didn’t prevent him from having many affairs, which must have been good for his health as he lived past his 100th birthday.

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