Bob Hope: My Life in Jokes

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Thorndike Press, 2003 - Fiction - 205 pages
Bob Hope is one of the greatest figures in the history of American show business. His legendary career has spanned the entire twentieth century, from impersonating Charlie Chaplin in front of the firehouse in Cleveland in 1909 to celebrating an unprecedented sixty years with NBC in 1996. He has entertained millions worldwide with his performances in vaudeville and on Broadway, on his top-rated weekly radio show, in beloved movies such as his "Road Pictures" with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, and, most notably, in the countless television appearances that made him a superstar and a welcome guest in every living room in the country. Bob celebrates his 100th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion, he shares this extraordinary recollection in the form of his best jokes and comic anecdotes, organized by the stages of his life. Each of the ten chapters corresponds to a decade in Bob's phenomenal career (and features remarkable photos of him at that age). The end result is a compelling, and hilarious, portrait of the twentieth century's greatest entertainer -- and, ultimately, of the twentieth century itself. Bob Hope is best known as a comedian, and over the course of a lifetime, he has amassed -- in his personal "Joke File" -- thousands of jokes, on such subjects as golf (a lifelong passion for Bob), politicians, the military, movie stars, and much more. Now, with the publication of My Life in Jokes, readers have the opportunity to enjoy the very best of his humor and, in the process, learn about the amazing life and career of a true national treasure. Book jacket.

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Did you know Bob Hope was born in and lived in England until age four? I didnt. This book is filled with Hope's jokes told in chronological order. As I grew up I was aware of Hope's admiration of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Linda Hope
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19131923
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19331943
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19431953
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19531963
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19631973
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19731983
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19831993
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