Hope

Hope

Entertainer Of The Century

Large Print - 2015
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The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was most important entertainer of the twentieth century.
Born in 1903, and until his death in 2003, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to television and everything in between. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. His tours to entertain US troops and patriotic radio broadcasts, along with his all-American, brash-but-cowardly movie character, helped to ease the nation's jitters during the stressful days of World War II. He helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, pioneer of the brand extension (churning out books, writing a newspaper column, hosting a golf tournament), and public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and tireless work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood. But he became a polarizing figure during the Vietnam War, and the book sheds new light on his close relationship with President Richard Nixon during those embattled years.
Bob Hope is a household name. However, as Richard Zoglin shows in this revelatory biography, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationship with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends.
"Hope" is both a celebration of an entertainer whose vast contribution has never been properly appreciated, and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man, who, unlike many Hollywood stars, 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
1410475212
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 Hope -Z
Characteristics: 909 pages : illustrations.

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Skeet68
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.

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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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