4:59 PM EST, Mon September 19, 2011
Dolores Hope, the widow of actor-comedian Bob Hope, died of natural causes at
her Los Angeles home Monday, her family said. She was 102.
Although she put her singing career on hold after her marriage to Hope,
Dolores Hope was active as a philanthropist, involved in her own causes as well
as her husband’s.
Military troops entertained by her husband’s USO shows knew Dolores Hope
because she would usually close the shows with a rendition of “Silent Night,”
according to a biography provided by her family.
Her last USO show performance came at age 84 when she sang “White Christmas”
to Operation Desert Storm troops from the back of a truck in the Saudi
She restarted her singing career at the age of 83 by recording several
albums. She performed with Rosemary Clooney at Rainbow and Stars in New York for
Born in Harlem in New York on May 27, 1909, Dolores DeFina was a singer at
Manhattan’s Vogue Club when she met Bob Hope in 1933. It was “love at first
song,” the biography quotes Bob Hope saying.
The couple married the next year and later adopted four children.
The couple moved from New York to California in the late 1930s, where he
pursued a movie and radio career.
Bob Hope was 100 when he died on July 27, 2003.
The family will hold a private funeral at burial at the Bob Hope Memorial
Garden, San Fernando Mission, California, where her husband was interred.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = DH = 48 = Remembrance.
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