Dolores Hope

Dolores Hope
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Dolores Hope
Live: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Dolores DeFina on May 27, 1909 in New York, NY
Died Sept. 19, 2011 in Toluca Lake, CA

Dolores Hope was married to Bob Hope for 69 years. They met during the 1930s, when she sang in nightclubs using the stage name of Dolores Reade. He saw her show in New York City and after a brief courtship they married in 1934 and were soon sharing the vaudeville stage.

She passed away at the age of 102, eight years after her husband died at their Toluca Lake home shortly after his 100th birthday.

A devout Catholic, Dolores Hope had a close relationship with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood. There, she donated time and money for such causes as the Lady of Hope Chapel and a family social services center. She was also instrumental in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Like her husband, Dolores Hope was known for her dedication to American servicemen and often joined her husband on tour. One of her own traditions was singing "Silent Night" to troops to close out her husband's USO shows. In May 2009 she celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family in a backyard party at her longtime Toluca Lake home.

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