Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Bob Hope (1903-2003) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Leslie Townes Hope in London, England, his family relocated to America when he was four, and the entertainer who'd later take the name of Bob Hope called Cleveland, OH home. Vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, Hope was everywhere there was an audience and entertained them in every possible way: singer, dancer, actor, emcee, writer, sportsman, etc., he was an American treasure and often recognized as one. A USO headliner for fifty years, Hope's work before the troops earned him the highest accolades including the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But it's 'Bob Hope, movie star,' we recall here, and that was a career that kicked off in shorts in 1934, soon followed by his feature-length debut in Paramount's The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938), where he introduced his iconic "Thanks for the Memory" theme song. Paramount's remake of The Cat and the Canary (1939) was a hit for Hope, and was followed by Road to Singapore (1940), the first of seven "Road to" movies alongside Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour that wrapped up with The Road to Hong Kong (1962). Other popular Bob Hope feature films include The Ghost Breakers (1940), My Favorite Blonde (1942), The Princess and the Pirate (1944), My Favorite Brunette (1947), The Paleface (1948), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and Son of Paleface (1952). Hope was never even nominated for an Academy Award—those weren't the types of movies he was in—but the Academy did bestow five honorary Oscars upon their favorite host, a man who piled up the trophies, honors, and laughs throughout his one hundred years.
Birthday: May 29