Awarded: April 2000
(May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003)
Bob Hope has been declared “a part of American folklore” by a United States Senate resolution. In almost every country of the world, people know him as the performer with the rapid?fire comedy technique, flawless sense of timing and impeccable delivery. His motion pictures exceed 50 and his radio and television shows are literally countless. His career spanned more than seven decades in show business, beginning with vaudeville through Broadway and the “Ziegfeld Follies” and finally the fabulous “Road” pictures with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Among his innumerable awards are five special Oscars for humanitarian work.
Related Library Resources
- Visit the Library’s online exhibition, "Bob Hope and American Variety."
- American Treasures of the Library of Congress features Bob Hope’s script for his first radio series.
- Read "Thanks for the Memory: New Bob Hope Gallery Opens at Library" from the June 2000 Library of Congress Information Bulletin.
- Stories from the Veterans History Project: Patty Thomas, member of Bob Hope’s USO Troupe