Entertainer of the Century

Book - 2014
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Draws on exclusive reporting to honor Bob Hope's top-rated successes while discussing such topics as his secret first marriage, stint in reform school and ambivalent relationships with fellow stars.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439140277
Characteristics: viii, 565 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Hope


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Jul 06, 2018

Bob Hope (birth-name - Leslie Townes Hope) is unanimously considered to be the absolute greatest and most respected entertainer of the 20th century, bar none.

A multiple award-winner throughout his lifetime - Hope is not only highly praised for his brilliant comic-timing, hilarious one-liners, and rapid-fire delivery of his jokes - But he is greatly admired for his tireless work entertaining the troops during both WW2 and the Vietnam War.

Hope's busy career as a consummate entertainer spanned for 80 years where he appeared in over 70 short and feature films during that time.

This well-researched, 550-page biography of Hope was exhaustively written by Richard Zoglin. It also includes a 16-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 2003 - Bob Hope (100 at the time) died of pneumonia.

Jul 20, 2017

The previous reviewers say it all. A very authentic look at a complex man of great drive, ambition and self promotion, yet detached of emotion ... a most fascinating aspect of his walled off and often cold personality. His wife, Delores, was a saint to look past his blatant womanizing.

Mar 27, 2015

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athompson10 Mar 07, 2015

Well written and researched. In his time, Bob Hope dominated every form of entertainment he tried: vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies and TV. This biography takes you on his journey. Balanced and as insightful as possible when writing about an opaque and very self-protective star. I had no particular interest in Bob Hope before reading this book and the author made me care about him and respect the man's career.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In this detailed biography of one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, author Richard Zoglin writes mostly chronologically of Bob Hope's upbringing and his eventual success on vaudeville and Broadway stages, in movies, and on television sets. Zoglin also discusses Hope's regular Christmas tours to U.S. servicemen around the world, and unearths surprising tidbits, like Hope's apparent dislike for fellow entertainer and on-screen partner Bing Crosby. Entertaining and accessible, this one's for those interested in 20th-century entertainment and Hope himself. Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.


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