How much do you know about entertainment icon Bob Hope?

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About This Quiz

Bob Hope explored every entertainment arena, from TV specials to movies, from singing to comedy, and everything in between. Hope's contributions to entertainment are limitless, and he is as well-respected for his USO shows as he is for drawing crowds to the box office. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this comedy legend.

What is Bob Hope's birth name?

Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, the entertainer changed his name to Bob Hope when he started making it big in showbiz. The switch also helped eliminate a hated childhood nickname -- Hopeless.

Where was Bob Hope born?

He may be an American icon, but Bob Hope was actually born in England. He traveled to the U.S. with his parents and six brothers when he was just four years old, and the family settled in Ohio.

What is Hope's signature song?

Bob Hope has been closely associated with the song "Thanks for the Memory" for most of his career. The song lyrics speak of good times gone by, with sweet little memories of married life.

Playing Huck Haines in which Broadway musical helped to launch Hope's Hollywood career?

Hope had minor roles on Broadway starting in 1927, but is wasn't until 1933 that he had his first starring role, as Huck Haines in the musical "Roberta." Hope also starred in a 1969 TV movie version of the musical.

How many wives did Hope have?

Hope married twice, starting with Grace Louise Troxell in 1933. The marriage lasted a year before he left Troxell and wed Dolores Reade. Hope and Reade stayed together until his death in 2003, resulting in one of the longest marriages in Hollywood history.

How many kids did Hope and Dolores have?

Hope and his wife adopted four kids. His son Tony went on to work for four presidents in various roles.

In what year did Hope have his first big movie role?

Hope landed his first big movie role in the 1938 film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938." In the film, Hope sang his iconic song, "Thanks for the Memory," with singer Shirley Ross. His very first movie role was in 1934's "Going Spanish."

What role did Hope play in the 1939 film "The Cat and the Canary"?

Hope played an actor named Wally Campbell in the film. Campbell is an old friend of heiress Joyce Norman, played by Paulette Goddard, and ends up engaged to Joyce after he saves her life from others who want to claim her fortune.

Who co-starred with Bob Hope in a series of "Road" movies?

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby starred in a series of movies with titles starting with "Road to...." followed by a far-flung locale. The pair did seven of these films together, and many were quite successful.

Where did Crosby and Hope head to in their first "Road" film?

The first of the Hope/Crosby films was the 1940 flick, "Road to Singapore." Crosby played Josh Mallon, while Hope played Ace Lannigan. The pair flee to Singapore to escape mounting girl troubles back home.

Which actress co-starred with Hope and Crosby in the "Road" films?

Actress Dorothy Lamour co-starred in most of the "Road" films with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. In "Road to Singapore," she played exotic local dancer Mima, who goes on the run with her two male co-stars.

In what year did Hope and Crosby make their final "Road" movie together?

The famous duo made their seventh and final "Road" film in 1962. In "The Road to Hong Kong," Joan Collins replaced Dorothy Lamour in the lead female role, due to Lamour's age. Lamour had a small cameo role, however.

What role did Hope play in the 1946 film, "Monsieur Beaucaire"?

Hope played the barber to the French King, Louis XV. The barber is exiled for bad behavior, but he gets back in the King's good graces when he wins a swordfight. The story was based on a Booth Tarkington novel.

What role did Bob Hope play in "The Paleface"?

Hope starred as Painless Potter, a dentist, in the 1948 film, "The Paleface." The western also featured Jane Russell as Calamity Jane.

What song did Hope croon in "The Paleface"?

Hope picked up another signature song to add to his repertoire in "The Paleface." He sang the song "Buttons and Bows" in the film, and the tune won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Which actress co-starred with Bob Hope in "Fancy Pants"?

Hope co-starred with Lucille Ball in the 1950 flick, "Fancy Pants." Hope played an actor named Arthur Tyler, who pretends to be the butler for a wealthy family as they prepare to host the President.

What role did Hope play in "The Lemon Drop Kid"?

Hope played a con man who gets himself in big trouble betting on horses in the 1951 film, "The Lemon Drop Kid." This one was based on a Damon Runyon story.

Who co-starred with Hope in the 1953 film, "Off Limits"?

In the 1953 film "Off Limits," Bob Hope played Wally Hogan, manager to fighter Bullet Bradley. Mickey Rooney co-starred in the film, which also featured Charles Bronson in a small role.

Who did Hope famously dance with in "The Seven Little Foys"?

In a classic scene from the 1955 film "The Seven Little Foys," Bob Hope and James Cagney perform a complex tabletop dance together. The film was so successful that it spawned a TV show and a stage musical.

In what year did Hope take his final leading role in a film?

Though he continued to make cameo appearances, Hope's final leading role was in the 1972 film "Cancel My Reservation." He played TV star Dan Bartlett, who finds himself in hot water after the body of a young girl is found in his trunk.

How many times did Bob Hope host the Academy Awards?

Hope hosted the Academy Awards more times than anyone else in history. He played host a total of 19 times, starting before the show was even televised and ending with the ceremony's 50th anniversary in 1978.

What year did Hope begin entertaining the troops?

Hope is almost as famous for his work with the USO as he is for his work in Hollywood. His first show for the troops took place at a California base in 1941, and he continued working with the armed forces throughout his lifetime, including a number of trips to Vietnam during the war. In 1997, he was named an Honorary Veteran by President Bill Clinton.

What classic Christmas carol did Hope sing in "The Lemon Drop Kid"?

Hope performed the song "Silver Bells" in "The Lemon Drop Kid," and continued to perform the carol in performances throughout his life. The song was originally called "Tinkle Bells," but was changed to "Silver Bells" to avoid the urination connotation.

What future star did Bob Hope meet on a 1978 episode of "The Mike Douglas Show"?

Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart appeared alongside a two-year-old Tiger Woods on a 1978 episode of "The Mike Douglas Show."

What sports team did Hope own a share of?

Loyal to his Ohio roots, Hope bought a share of the Cleveland Indians in 1946 and sat on the team's Board of Directors for many years after.

Bob Hope was knighted by the Queen of England.

To thank him for his years of USO performances, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Bob Hope in 1998. Because he was American rather than British, his knighthood didn't come with the title of "Sir." Hope had become a U.S. citizen back in 1920.

What was Hope's Palm Springs home designed to resemble?

Architect John Lautner designed Hope's Palm Springs home to look like a volcano. The property hit the market in 2013 for $50 million, but a bargain buyer picked it up for $13 million in 2016.

Bob Hope competed in which sport as a teen?

Hope was an amateur boxer in his early years. He fought under the name Packy East but gave up the sport to focus on show business.

How long was Bob Hope under contract with NBC?

Bob Hope was under contract to NBC for 60 years, starting with his radio show in 1935, moving to TV in 1950 and ending in 1996. The 60-year contract is one of the longest entertainment contracts in Hollywood history.

What was Hope's favorite prop to carry on stage during his act?

Hope was an avid golfer and often took a golf club on stage as a prop. He also founded the Bob Hope Classic, a popular golf tournament.

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