Entertainer of the Century

Large Print - 2015
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In his lifetime, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium. A household name, he virtually invented stand-up comedy. Hope is a celebration of an entertainer whose vast contribution has never been properly appreciated, and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man who truly loved being famous, appreciated its responsibilities, and handled celebrity with extraordinary grace.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410475213
Branch Call Number: LP B HOPE
Characteristics: 909 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Bob Hope (birth-name - Leslie Townes Hope) is unanimously considered to be the absolute greatest and most respected entertainer of the 20th century, bar none.

A multiple award-winner throughout his lifetime - Hope is not only highly praised for his brilliant comic-timing, hilarious one-liners, and rapid-fire delivery of his jokes - But he is greatly admired for his tireless work entertaining the troops during both WW2 and the Vietnam War.

Hope's busy career as a consummate entertainer spanned for 80 years where he appeared in over 70 short and feature films during that time.

This well-researched, 550-page biography of Hope was exhaustively written by Richard Zoglin. It also includes a 16-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 2003 - Bob Hope (100 at the time) died of pneumonia.

Jul 20, 2017

The previous reviewers say it all. A very authentic look at a complex man of great drive, ambition and self promotion, yet detached of emotion ... a most fascinating aspect of his walled off and often cold personality. His wife, Delores, was a saint to look past his blatant womanizing.

Mar 27, 2015

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athompson10 Mar 07, 2015

Well written and researched. In his time, Bob Hope dominated every form of entertainment he tried: vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies and TV. This biography takes you on his journey. Balanced and as insightful as possible when writing about an opaque and very self-protective star. I had no particular interest in Bob Hope before reading this book and the author made me care about him and respect the man's career.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In this detailed biography of one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, author Richard Zoglin writes mostly chronologically of Bob Hope's upbringing and his eventual success on vaudeville and Broadway stages, in movies, and on television sets. Zoglin also discusses Hope's regular Christmas tours to U.S. servicemen around the world, and unearths surprising tidbits, like Hope's apparent dislike for fellow entertainer and on-screen partner Bing Crosby. Entertaining and accessible, this one's for those interested in 20th-century entertainment and Hope himself. Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.


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