Contacts: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
Ward Grant, Hope Enterprises, Inc. (818) 841-2020
Larry Winokur, Ron Hoffman, BWR (310) 550-7776
Public contact: (202) 707-4604
View the exhibition online.

April 27, 2000

MEDIA ADVISORY
Bob Hope and Family to Participate in Opening of New Gallery at the Library of Congress

The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment to Open

Comedian Bob Hope, members of his family, and special guests will attend a reception at the Library of Congress in honor of the opening of The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment on Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. The event is by invitation only.

A special press preview of this new permanent exhibition space will be held for the media on Monday, May 8, at 11 a.m. in room LJG19 of the Jefferson Building. Mr. Hope's wife, Dolores, his daughter Linda, and sons Tony and Kelly will be available for interviews.

The exhibition opens to the public on May 10.

The inaugural exhibition in the Library's newest gallery is titled "Bob Hope and American Variety," a celebration of Mr. Hope's career in the context of vaudeville in America. Drawing upon selections from the newly acquired Bob Hope Collection and additional material from the Library's extensive resources relating to the history of American entertainment, this exhibition looks at Mr. Hope's achievements and contributions throughout the 20th century, with special emphasis on the impact of the vaudeville tradition on his work as seen in motion pictures, radio, television, theater, personal appearances, and USO shows.

Many exciting interactive media components will present film and audio clips from Mr. Hope's career as well as those of other stars who have been influenced by the vaudeville tradition, from the Ziegfeld Follies' Bert Williams to Sesame Street's Bert & Ernie. The exhibition traces a brief history of American variety entertainment through artifacts from the Hope Collection and other collections in the Library of Congress. Early comedy scripts, radio skits, and modern television programs will show Mr. Hope's influence on American entertainment.

A special feature of the gallery will be a searchable, interactive database containing the legendary Bob Hope Joke Files of more than 88,000 pages of jokes, arranged by categories. "The Faces of Hope," another section of the gallery, will contain a wide selection of photographs, sculptures, and paintings of the comedian throughout his career.

With its dynamic displays and innovative use of electronics, the gallery will provide a unique window into the traditions of vaudeville that form the cornerstone of the best of today's comedy.

The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment will be open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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PR 00-068
4/27/00
ISSN 0731-3527

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