Dolores Hope -- Bob Hope's widow -- has died. She was 102 years old.Dolores married Bob Hope in 1934 and the couple was married for 69 years, until Bob died in 2003. Sources tell us Dolores… READ MORE >
Dolores Hope, DC*SG (May 27, 1909 - September 19, 2011) was an American singer, philanthropist and the widow of actor/comedian Bob Hope. She was born as Dolores DeFina in New York City of Italian and Irish descent and raised in the Bronx. After her father's death, she was raised by her mother, Theresa. During the 1930s, she began her professional singing career under the name Dolores Reade on the advice of her agent. In 1933, after appearing at the Vogue Club, a Manhattan nightclub, Reade was introduced to Bob Hope. The couple were married on February 19, 1934 in Erie, Pennsylvania. They later adopted four children from The Cradle in Evanston, Illinois: Eleanora, Linda, Kelly and Anthony (d. 2004). In the 1940s, Dolores began helping her husband on his tours entertaining U.S. troops overseas and she would continue to do so for over 50 years. In 1990, she was the only female entertainer allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia. At age 83, she recorded her first compact disc, Dolores Hope: Now and Then.