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Was Bob Hope gay?

I was watching an old "Road" movie and the thought hit me that Hope must have been gay. Maybe that is why he followed the Hollywood party line so well( He was a Republican, very John Wayne in his thinking)- he knew he could lose his career. I know he was married- but all of their children are adopted- and that was common thing to do( Cole Porter, Rock Hudson). I have never been a great fan- but I just wondered.

by Anonymousreply 17409/28/2015

I knew a masseur who said "yes", OP.

by Anonymousreply 107/22/2010

Well, he was born in England.

by Anonymousreply 207/22/2010

I don't have any inside info but he always struck me as gay, too.

by Anonymousreply 307/22/2010

Well, 1988 he did this pro-gay PSA for GLAAD

by Anonymousreply 407/22/2010

I prefer to think that he died a virgin, and his kids were adopted because nobody on Earth would have sex with someone so creepy.%0D %0D I'm much happier that way.

by Anonymousreply 507/22/2010

Bob Hope was a notorious pussy hound.

by Anonymousreply 707/22/2010

When Bob Hope died there was an article alleging he like to let his robe "spontaneously" open when his daughter's young (female) friends were in the vicinity.

by Anonymousreply 907/22/2010

complete pussyhound

by Anonymousreply 1107/22/2010

[quote]Was Bob Hope gay?

I Bob Hope not.

by Anonymousreply 1207/22/2010

No. He was old.

by Anonymousreply 1307/22/2010

The old saying was that Bob Hope got more ass than a toilet seat. Though now that I think of it they really didn't specify which gender.%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1407/22/2010

The story goes that Hope would fuck all the women who went with him on those USO tours; the only ones he let alone were old hags like Phyllis Diller, Hedda Hopper or Martha Raye.

by Anonymousreply 1507/22/2010

Passed on Martha Raye? I thought he and Bing used to DP her in the mouth.

by Anonymousreply 1607/22/2010

[quote] Was Bob Hope gay?%0D %0D %0D Well, I don't know, dahling. He never sucked my cock...

by Anonymousreply 1707/22/2010

OP, Bob Hope was the original heterosexual slut. He cheated relentlessly on his wife WITH EOMEN, especially hookers.

by Anonymousreply 1807/22/2010

WOMEN, not eomen.

by Anonymousreply 1907/22/2010

"He cheated relentlessly on his wife WITH EOMEN"%0D %0D Is that where the eoman goes up into the eoman?

by Anonymousreply 2107/22/2010

Well, I can't speak to his sexuality...but when you compare him to many other big acts of the day, he was nicest in terms of copyright laws.%0D %0D Sinatra's estate will sue you if you use a Sinatra appearance in any kind of work, fair use or no.%0D %0D Hope's estate simply asks for you to give them a credit.%0D %0D That speaks volumes as to their characters while they were alive.

by Anonymousreply 2207/22/2010

[quote]The story goes that Hope would fuck all the women who went with him on those USO tours; the only ones he let alone were old hags like Phyllis Diller, Hedda Hopper or Martha Raye.

So who were some of the other women on the tours that he presumably slept with?

by Anonymousreply 2307/22/2010

I remember an old RS article that said he had a massage every day, which I thought was fabulously indulgent. And kind of gay.

by Anonymousreply 2407/22/2010

According to Maria Riva's biography, her mother Marlene Dietrich hated Bob Hope, found him low-class humour, and made fun of him boinking all the young starlets in his trailer during his war tours.

by Anonymousreply 2607/22/2010

Didn't Dietrich take a soldier to bed at each of her War tour stops?

by Anonymousreply 2707/22/2010

[quote] What the hell happened to Republicans?%0D %0D The Southern Strategy took hold.

by Anonymousreply 2807/22/2010

[quote]So who were some of the other women on the tours that he presumably slept with?

I'm sure Frances Langford, whom my dad saw on the Bob Hope USO during World War II. He always had one busty singer on each tour, so you can count Marilyn Maxwell and Dorothy Lamour among them.

by Anonymousreply 2907/22/2010

"Didn't Dietrich take a soldier to bed at each of her War tour stops?"%0D %0D "A" soldier? No.

by Anonymousreply 3007/22/2010

Probably Joey Heatherton as well

by Anonymousreply 3107/22/2010

He fucked a lot of women and wasn't that nice of guy.

by Anonymousreply 3207/22/2010

[quote]Probably Joey Heatherton as well

I hope not, that would be a shame because she was really hot.

[quote]I want have your babies, Bob!

She said that?

by Anonymousreply 3307/22/2010

[quote]That speaks volumes as to their characters while they were alive.

Why? Do they control their estates from the great beyond?

by Anonymousreply 3407/22/2010

I've mentioned this on another thread, but my step-father was a publicist in the late 40's early 50's. Hope had houses in Toulca Lake and Hollywood near Paramont for trysts with women - he liked to get laid after work - before he got home to Dolores and the kids.

by Anonymousreply 3507/22/2010


He fucked Joan Collins as well (late '50s/early '60s). Rather ungraciously gave her the nickname "The British Open".

by Anonymousreply 3607/22/2010

R34, the Estate acts according to the Will.%0D %0D I know that Sinatra was very litigious about his image and his work, and instructed his children to be belligerent about it after his death. There were provisos in the Will about this as well.%0D %0D Hope didn't have such an issue. Granted, Hope wasn't a singing star with the same intellectual property concerns, but he more than made up for it in his sheer number of productions...all of which are still intellectual property of his Estate.

by Anonymousreply 3707/22/2010

So Joey Heatherton is pretty much a definite? She was doing this old fart instead of the military guys who came to the shows? I guess you really do have to become a degraded whore to advance in Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 3807/22/2010

Loved to pound hooker pussy.

by Anonymousreply 3907/22/2010


Maybe she did both. Or she and Lola Heatherton would alternate.

by Anonymousreply 4007/22/2010

If the teenage Ann-Margret can do George Burns (and she did - read her autobiog), then the just slightly more than teenage Joey Heatherton can do Bob Hope.%0D %0D That PSA at R4 is strangely fascinating. I wonder why he did it....

by Anonymousreply 4107/22/2010

R41, that is disgusting!

by Anonymousreply 4207/22/2010

Did Ann-Margret say what age she was at the time she had the affair with George Burns?

by Anonymousreply 4307/22/2010

When they worked together in Vegas in the early/mid '60s. Since she was born in 1941, that would have been her early/mid 20s.%0D %0D Gracie died in 1964, when A-M was 23. It was after Gracie's death, A-M says.

by Anonymousreply 4407/22/2010

Thanks r41/r44.

by Anonymousreply 4507/22/2010

I read somewhere that Bob Hope had fathered a child with his first wife and would secretly send her money. It seems strange that he never fathered any children with his second wife. I guess he was sterile.

by Anonymousreply 4607/22/2010

If he'd had a child in his first marriage, why the hell should he be secret about sending money?%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 4707/22/2010

Because his first wife was Butterfly McQueen

by Anonymousreply 4807/22/2010

Imagine how he felt among all those mens on tour.. I gotta tell ya

by Anonymousreply 4907/22/2010

How the hell could he be sterile?

by Anonymousreply 5007/22/2010

Ann-Margret never had an affair with George Burns and never said she did. "Mr. Burns," as she called him, discovered her, worked with her, and promoted her career. He was her mentor, not "her mentor." Jesus Christ, does Andrew Breitbart post here?

by Anonymousreply 5107/22/2010

According to Maria Riva, there were hordes of men lined outside her mother's tent, and Marlene never hid (to those closest to her) the "sacrifice" of her war efforts. But I mentioned the Bob Hope thing as gossip from a great biography, not as an example of Dietrich's notorious double standards.

by Anonymousreply 5207/22/2010

That Maria Riva book is the greatest source of Hollywood gossip and info I have ever encountered.%0D %0D Worth the $18 alone.

by Anonymousreply 5307/22/2010

[quote]but all of their children are adopted- and that was common thing to do( Cole Porter, Rock Hudson).

Cole Porter and Rock Hudson had adopted children??

by Anonymousreply 5407/22/2010

I don't know about gay, but I can tell you he was snotty, self-indulgent, and perhaps a daytime drunk. A friend of mine was working as a PA in the late 1980's on one of Bob's Superbowl shows. I was there visiting the day she had to work on the final touches. Bob came in to re-dub a few lines, including "Ladies and gentleman, here's Boomer Esiason." While watching the show on a huge screen, he tried to lip sync those words. He did it over and over and over, and every time the words were completely slurred. He finally got pissed and yelled, "What the hell is that under my eyes?" After a complete silence in the room, his writer of many years (name escapes me) said, "Bags, Bob. Bags."

by Anonymousreply 5507/22/2010

lol r55, how did he respond?

by Anonymousreply 5607/22/2010

Thanks for the memories.

by Anonymousreply 5707/23/2010

"Dietrich's notorious double standards"%0D %0D I don't get it. She never hid the fact that she loved sex, and lots of it, so what's the double standard?%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5807/23/2010

Bob's brother still lives in Palm Springs and hangs out a gay bars.

by Anonymousreply 5907/23/2010

Bob's brother must be a hundred.

by Anonymousreply 6007/23/2010

BUMP for Bob Hope.

by Anonymousreply 6107/24/2010

Bob Hope had colon cancer in the mid-1940s and was an early wearer of a colostomy bag.

by Anonymousreply 6207/24/2010

Completely off-topic, but the only person I ever regretted turning down tricking with was a guy with a Bob Hope nose. Every time I think of Bob Hope, I think I should have given that guy a toss.

by Anonymousreply 6307/24/2010

About the PSA, it was made to make amends with GLAAD.

He made an appearance on the Carson show and he and Johnny were joking about Ed's red tie. At the time red ties were called Power Ties. Bob made a comment that maybe it wasn't a power tie, maybe Ed was gay. It was actually very good humored in his delivery, not scathing, or any thing like that.

GLAAD caused an uproar and he responded that he was far from homophobic and any one who worked in show business who was homophobic was in the WRONG business. And he promptly offered to do an anti-gay bashing PSA. The ironic thing is that even though it was BOB HOPE!,it was banned in many markets.

by Anonymousreply 6407/24/2010

..."he liked to get laid after work - before he got home to Dolores and the kids."%0D %0D Delores Hope is still alive at age 101, not sure about "the kids."

by Anonymousreply 6507/24/2010

[quote]"He cheated relentlessly on his wife WITH EOMEN"

Reminds me of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"- "...eomen, eomen, eomen..."

[quote]I want have your babies, Bob!

[quote]She said that?

No, but Lola Heatherton did.

by Anonymousreply 6607/25/2010

Didn't some tell all come out back in the 90s that stated that Bod did a transvetite hooker back around WWII?

by Anonymousreply 6707/25/2010

[quote]Didn't Dietrich take a soldier to bed at each of her War tour stops?%0D %0D She started doing that right after the Battle of Bull Run and continued until the day she died.

by Anonymousreply 6807/25/2010

"Everywhere he goes...they start a war!" -- Judy Garland

by Anonymousreply 6907/25/2010

Bob Hope was a very interesting individual. His daughter said that he was not a "touchy-feely" person, but that he did love his family. Did he screw around on his wife? Probably. Was he hard to get along with? So they say. In other words, he was as imperfect as the next guy. He may even have been as a$$hole, but I doubt he was an ogre.

by Anonymousreply 7009/01/2011

Well, he DID suck my dick!

by Anonymousreply 7209/01/2011

My mother did two USO tours with Bob Hope. She was beautiful but he was always a gentleman with her.%0D %0D She and Delores got along very well. Probably because my mother was no threat to their marriage.%0D %0D And she said he "acted like a bachelor" when Delores wasn't around.

by Anonymousreply 7309/01/2011

"I knew a masseur who said "yes", OP."%0D %0D Oh, so you knew a "massuer" who said "yes." Why it that isn't proof Hope was a flaming queen I don't know what is! %0D %0D I've noticed that on this type of thread there is ALWAYS someone who says he knew or knows somebody who fucked the supposedly gay famous person. Or he knows somebody who knows somebody who was the famous person's lover. Or that the famous person was/is a pedophile who lusts after underage male flesh or was/is a habitual user of rent boys or hustlers. Or that the famous person had a torrid gay affair with another famous person. All heresay, all urban legends. %0D %0D Hope was a lot of things, but he wasn't gay. %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 7409/01/2011

He was a huge pussy hound. Kept a separate house in Burbank, not too far from his Toluca Lake estate, where he would bang women all the time.

by Anonymousreply 7509/01/2011

Back in the day, Martha Raye had one helluva hot body. Enormous tits. The girl could sing too. Very underrated talent. Since I am a Vietnam vet, I have a special place in my heart for Col. Maggie. She was always traveling to Vietnam on the downlow to help out with the troops. Special lady.

I hope she told Hope to go fuck himself.

by Anonymousreply 7609/01/2011

"Did he screw around on his wife? Probably"%0D %0D FUCKING LOL! %0D %0D How old are you, r70, 12? %0D Bob Hope was a womanizer x 1000%.

by Anonymousreply 7709/01/2011

Many of those old time radio and film comedians seem gay to us now: Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Fred Allen, George Jessel and Bob Hope. %0D %0D Something about their delivery.

by Anonymousreply 7809/01/2011

Marlene Dietrich, who hated Bob Hope, told her daughter Maria Riva that all he did on his war tours was fuck all the chorus and canteen girls.

by Anonymousreply 7909/02/2011

I think you mean chorus boys, R79.

by Anonymousreply 8009/02/2011

R78 But Benny WAS gay.

by Anonymousreply 8109/02/2011

%E2%80%9CI just heard that the Statue of Liberty has AIDS but she doesn%E2%80%99t know if she got it from the mouth of the Hudson or the Staten Island Fairy.%E2%80%9D

by Anonymousreply 8209/02/2011

Dorothy Lamour was a major film star (John Ford's The Hurricane 1937) before she got saddled into playing third fiddle in all those Road pictures and did not need to fuck Bob Hope to get anywhere, much less a USO tour in war-torn Europe, Africa or Southeast Asia.%0D %0D Dottie famously popularized the sarong (designed by Edith Head), her signature costume in many of her films and pin-ups, which started the American craze for tropical printed fabrics.%0D %0D She was also cited as raising more money through her sales of US War Bonds than any other Hollywood star.%0D %0D Fuck Bob Hope, indeed!

by Anonymousreply 8309/02/2011

Bob Bump

by Anonymousreply 8409/02/2011

Seriously R62? It's gross enough to imagine old Bob fucking starlets...but to think he did it while wearing a bag of shit? I need my smelling salts.

by Anonymousreply 8509/02/2011

He was sort of cute when he was young

by Anonymousreply 8609/02/2011

I, for one, grew up with him as Oscar's perennial host. I don't think he missed many ceremonies until the late 1960s when he was replaced by Johnny Carson. And his gentle ribbing of the industry and its stars at that time seemed might risque.

by Anonymousreply 8709/02/2011

800 pages, R53.

by Anonymousreply 8809/02/2011

Bob Hope was a compulsive pussy hound, and a bit of a pervert. According to a friend of his daughter, when she was a young teenager, Hope would let her invite several of her friends over for a sleepover, and he would find numerous opportunities to "accidentally" walk into the room where his daughter and her girlfriends were, and he'd be ballicky bare ass. "Oh, I'm so sorry!" Then he'd turn slowly, very slowly, and walk out of the room, making sure they got a good look at his ass. Just...creepy.

by Anonymousreply 8909/02/2011

Squeeze supposedly Marilyn Maxwell.

by Anonymousreply 9009/04/2011

A "think tank" of people with degrees in Psychology (I included)often pursue unusual questions. Based on a recent study showing that 80% of homophobic people are gay, we decided to explore the issue. We chose Bob Hope because of all of his homophobic jokes on stage and off. Another research study shows that the more older brothers a male has from the same mother--the greater his chance of being born gay. Bob Hope was the fifth of seven sons. This increases his chance of being gay. On top of this, Bob Hope married one woman for a few months. Could he not consummate the marriage? Then he married a woman with whome he adopted children. Couldn't have any of his own? Our final study suggests that "Evidence, both personal and scientific, from the life of Bob Hope strongly suggests that Bob Hope was gay."

by Anonymousreply 9109/05/2012

Hey dude. Stop typing with one hand at the computer. Think of what you are doing with your own dick and stop thinking about what other guys are doing with teirs. All this thinking you do about who sucks dick makes me wonder how much dick you are wanting to suck without having to pay for it.

by Anonymousreply 9210/27/2012

Bob Hope was not gay. He had a famous affair with actress Barbara Payton in the early 50s. He dumped her when she wanted more money and gifts, and she went to Confidential magazine and spilled the bean about their affair. Evidently, it didn't hurt his career a bit.

by Anonymousreply 9310/28/2012

Bob Hope and Jack Benny both seemed very fey.

by Anonymousreply 9411/06/2012

Bob enjoyed cock from Palm Springs

by Anonymousreply 9611/06/2012

Wow, that's a great PSA...

Thank you for posting it, R4.

by Anonymousreply 9711/06/2012

Isn't he rumored to be some high priest of a satanic cult back in the days?

by Anonymousreply 9811/06/2012

I once saw him with Jack Benny in Hollywood. Both pinged off the charts.

by Anonymousreply 9911/07/2012

Years ago I worked for a talent agency where the rumor was that every time Dolores Hope (a Catholic) caught Hope in an affair he wound up making a huge gift to the Los Angeles diocese.

by Anonymousreply 10011/07/2012

I agree with R101.

by Anonymousreply 10203/29/2013

Marlene Dietrich told her daughter that Bob Hope's trailer had an endless line of girls going in and out during the USO tours.

by Anonymousreply 10303/29/2013

I wish when I did USO tours with him I'd been like that store in Australia and charged an entrance fee!

by Anonymousreply 10403/29/2013

bob hope was not gay. he was a man-ho who liked prostitutes. Milton Berle was gay.

by Anonymousreply 10503/31/2013

He was often absent from home and his kids didn`t see much of him. He told the story of how one of his sons would yell when he walked in the house `Hey look everybody! It`s BOB HOPE!!!

by Anonymousreply 10603/31/2013

You people are delusional FOOLS. Bob Hope as the womanizer of womanizer s -- and everyone knew it. Not gay in the slightest.

by Anonymousreply 10703/31/2013

His wife knew that he was fucking around and and she was fine with it as long as there were no scandals and as long as there was plenty of money for her Catholic charities.

by Anonymousreply 10803/31/2013

all of his kids were adopted. so he never had to have sex w his wife

by Anonymousreply 10903/31/2013

He was a notorious pussy hound.

by Anonymousreply 11003/31/2013

r106, that's called a joke dear. He was a comedian after all.

by Anonymousreply 11103/31/2013

Didn't he have a lesbian daughter?

by Anonymousreply 11203/31/2013

I don't know about Bob Hope. A lot of people make strong points for both sides.

I do figure this -- plenty of 'straight' guys out there are really gay. They just choose for whatever reason that they'll play straight.

They make that choice; before they know it, life is over.

by Anonymousreply 11303/31/2013

R108, there were scandals. Hope set up mistresses in apartments. One actress in particular (forgot he name).

by Anonymousreply 11403/31/2013

Hope liked the ladies. Well he like women. I've never seen a lady.

by Anonymousreply 11503/31/2013

There was a Spy Magazine feature about him in which he and Graydon Carter, who wrote the piece, went out to score chicks in Palm Springs.

I haven't read this yet, but it sounds like gossipy fun.

by Anonymousreply 11603/31/2013

[quote]there were scandals. Hope set up mistresses in apartments. One actress in particular (forgot he name).

That's not a scandal. It's scandal when it's reported in the press and with very few exceptions, Bob Hope got a free ride.

by Anonymousreply 11703/31/2013

Didn't Marlene Dietrich say he had a line of women waiting outside his tent on USO tours? I think maybe it was in her daughter's book. I swear I think I read that somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 11803/31/2013

Bob Hope was the lightest of the light-in-the-loafers ...way before any man could admit a same sex attraction, he was a gay man who not only hid from himself, but whom society helped conceal.

by Anonymousreply 11904/01/2013

I meet Bob hope in Manhattan with his gay boyfriends in NYC and walked with them 20 blocks in Broadway he was 100 precent gay

by Anonymousreply 12011/02/2014

Wasn't one of his daughters a lesbian?

by Anonymousreply 12111/02/2014

Bob Hope had affairs with a boatload of women. OP is nuts.

by Anonymousreply 12211/02/2014

If there is one thing I've learned on DL, it's that enjoying a heterosexual lifestyle is most often an attempt to stay in the closet.

by Anonymousreply 12311/02/2014

Why are we dwelling on a thread that is over four years old?

by Anonymousreply 12411/02/2014

Bob's adopted daughter looked very much like him. Same nose. I'd say she was "found" on the doorstep with a nice check cut to mommy.

by Anonymousreply 12511/02/2014

Well, he never fucked me.

by Anonymousreply 12611/02/2014

Like most gay men discussed here, he was happiest when he was having sex with women.

by Anonymousreply 12711/02/2014

[quote]Ann-Margret never had an affair with George Burns and never said she did. "Mr. Burns," as she called him, discovered her, worked with her, and promoted her career.

That's the way it works with DL fave, Dav!da R0chelle, and "Mr. Clooney." There's no doubt that she's like a young Ann-Margret.

by Anonymousreply 12811/02/2014

He had to be straight. He fucked Barbara Peyton. And then she fucked him. Over. By going public.

Quote: His longtime secretary Jan King summed him up best: "He's a lecher who had women stashed all over town." His payroll was always filled with his latest girlfriends, and he actually had an apartment building close to his house filled with his current "dates". (He even had an employee whose job was to make sure the girls got their monthly payoffs.) Hope never met a beauty queen he couldn't-- and wouldn't-- hit on, which was his main reason for emceeing so many pageants over the years.

Jan King's interview with the Globe in 1991 was one of only three times Hope's philandering was ever made public (before Marx's book, that is). The first was a famous 1956 piece in Confidential, a gossip magazine of the time. It featured an interview with B-movie actress Barbara Payton about her time with Bob. In it, she complained that the only gifts he'd ever given her were a kingsize bed and three jars of jam. (After Hope dumped her, her alcoholism became severe and she ended up as a five-dollar hooker before committing suicide at 39.)"

by Anonymousreply 12911/02/2014

Bob Hope was not gay. He didn't even like "funny" sort of men. Catch the looks he gives Roy Rogers. *LOL*

by Anonymousreply 13011/02/2014

He was rumored to be a boring fuck. Like President Kennedy he fucked as many women as possible but the women said it was a dull experience.

by Anonymousreply 13111/02/2014

Bob Hope apparently did have one biological child, though not with his legal wife.

If the story proves true we can assume whatever problems there were with the Bob and Delores having children was either on her end, and or there was some sort of agreement for whatever reason to adopt rather than have children of their own.

by Anonymousreply 13211/02/2014

Right on cue the New York Post printed this tidbit on Friday:

by Anonymousreply 13311/02/2014

I cannot believe I actually read Bob Hope and "sex machine" in the same sentence. LOL

by Anonymousreply 13411/02/2014

If anyone had told me that Jack Benny and George Burns weren't gay I would have laughed in his face. It has come out, however, that both men were not only straight ,they both had outside affairs with other women. If these two guys had other women I'm sure Bob Hope, who was macho compared to those two, must have had hundreds of women in his sexual life.

by Anonymousreply 13511/02/2014

Some funny responses here.

Nothing would surprise me about anybody.

I can't even guess on Hope, but I do know that I'd be surprised to learn who really is gay.

It's often the ones you don't even 'suspect.'

by Anonymousreply 13611/02/2014

Anita Bryant and Kaye Stevens went on his tours.

by Anonymousreply 13711/02/2014

Don't know if it's been posted up thread but he fucked Olivia Newton-John early in her career.

by Anonymousreply 13811/02/2014

Even on that crappy Golden Girls ep he guested on, when he got close to Blanche, he gave off this creepy vibe.

You never know but I strongly doubt he was gay. But he was never funny, either.

by Anonymousreply 13911/02/2014

"You know what bugs me? People who write books about people when they're gone. When the butcher me I hope they do it with pictures!"

by Anonymousreply 14011/02/2014

He was funny in his early stuff in his time period. And kind of cute.

by Anonymousreply 14111/02/2014

He wasn't so nearly squeaky clean when he was performing for the troops.

by Anonymousreply 14211/02/2014

I think it's a reasonable question.

by Anonymousreply 14311/02/2014

I loved that he would shove the beautiful woman at the bad guys and take off running.'

by Anonymousreply 14411/02/2014

Obviously Rock Hudson wasn't happy fucking a woman.

by Anonymousreply 14511/02/2014

The thing that always amazed me about Bob Hope was the scope of his career. He did Vaudeville, Radio, Films and TV. Not too many people can make that claim. I find it amazing and it must have been a fascinating life.

You also have to hand it to him for his incredible dedication to his USO tours. It's not something he did for a few years to enhance his rep.

His name and reputation was able to enlist the absolute best in talent to join him.

So many celebs are vacuous and and terribly self-centered. He sacrificed a lot of personal time to do those tours over [italic]decades[/italic]. Bringing some Christmas joy to countless soldiers when they really needed it.

Dave Thomas on SCTV did a great Bob Hope impersonation.

Gay or straight - I hope he got laid often and had many happy moments in his long life.

by Anonymousreply 14611/02/2014

When he got his Kennedy Center Honor, the stage was filled with uniformed men and women from the armed forces, from different wars, who had enjoyed his shows. They sang "Thanks for the Memory" and between verses, several would tell where they saw him overseas. They filled in the group with active duty people who had good singing voices, so a Marine friend of mine was one of the singers. He said it was a fantastic experience.

by Anonymousreply 14711/02/2014

The reason why so many Hollywood children were adopted back then was the lack of antibiotics until after WWII and because women didn't know what caused PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which caused female infertility.

Men in vaudeville fucked around. They caught "VD." They infected their wives. Women who got roles via the casting couch got VD. WWI and WWII resulted in American soldiers "seeing PAH-ree." They were "paintin the town and jazzing around" over in Europe and brought STDs home to their wives.

So lots of women in the US were "barren" and it was from having been infected with an STD which spread into the Fallopian tubes and ovaries, causing scarring and infertility. Many women never knew they had an STD because their doctors didn't tell them. Back in those days, all doctors were men. They weren't about to tell Betsey Housewife that her husband infected her with an STD from a mistress or a hooker or an overseas conquest and left her unable to have children.

A lot of early rock star wives were unable to have children, or unable to conceive after one child because hubby went on the road and brought an unexpected present home to wifey. It really wasn't until herpes and super gonorrhea in the mid 70s that the news media started to discuss STDs and women started finding out that a husband, boyfriend or one-night-stand could giver her a disease which could leave her infertile.

by Anonymousreply 14811/02/2014

Bob Hope was bisexual. He was also into S&M and a member of a Hollywood cult.

by Anonymousreply 14911/02/2014

I always suspected Harpo Marx was gay. He married late in life and all his children were adopted.

by Anonymousreply 15011/02/2014

When I met him in '81 he was very hard of hearing

by Anonymousreply 15111/02/2014

I asked Harpo Marx if he was gay. He didn't reply.

by Anonymousreply 15211/02/2014

Woollcott never wrote anything better than his love note to Harpo.

by Anonymousreply 15311/02/2014

I am surprised that no one has mentioned Hope's Broadway career. He appeared in six Broadway shows. The most well know is Cole Porter's "Red, Hot and Blue" with Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman.

Near the end of his USO tours, Bob Hope was not universally loved by those in the military. I was in the U.S. army during his Christmas tour in 1968. His support of the war was an issue, but guys that young often thought of Bob Hope as from their grandparents' generation and painfully out of touch.

Sorry to disagree with R147's Hallmark card impression of Hope at the Kennedy Center Honors.

by Anonymousreply 15411/02/2014

He had a great singing voice when he was young.

by Anonymousreply 15511/02/2014

A new bio comes out this month about Bob Hope.

by Anonymousreply 15611/02/2014

[quote]He did Vaudeville

What does this mean? Where is that?

by Anonymousreply 15711/02/2014

It's perfectly understandable why R154 would find the Kennedy Center Honors to be a big bore. After all, he was an Army grunt. When my friend was standing on stage in the Kennedy Center in 1985, some of the people looking at him included Bob Hope, of course, the President, Vice President, and First Lady of the United States, Beverly Sills, Irene Dunne, Merce Cunningham, Alan Jay Lerner, and Frederick Lowe. Then there was a star-studded audience in the other seats, too. No doubt an Army grunt would not be impressed with a "Hallmark card impression of Hope at the Kennedy Center Honors."

Guys in my division enjoyed a visit with Hope, Johnny Carson, Danny Thomas, and Ed McMahon in 1986 and knew they were from their parents and grandparents' generation but didn't find them to be "painfully out of touch." It's not surprising that men in our department would have the intelligence to appreciate those entertainers, unlike a bunch of Army grunts.

by Anonymousreply 15811/02/2014

R158: I watch the Kennedy Center Honors almost every years, so know exactly how thrilling they are for those honored and everyone who participates.

That does not change my explanation of the general feelings toward the entertainers who were coming to Vietnam by 1968-1969. I'll name them: Bob Hope, Martha Raye, George Jessel. They were pro-war, probably meant well but could not relate to the men and women they came to entertain.

I remember watching Bob Hope host the Oscars when he was a kid. He was wonderful. But there came a time when he was out of step with the country -- from the late 1960s on.

I am interested in your opinion about grunts in Vietnam; it's completely opposite the reaction I have been getting from almost everyone else when I mention my time in Vietnam.

For the last ten years or more, people are far more interested and concerned than when I returned to the U.S. in 1969. People know about PTSD now. I am very grateful that most people make an effort to understand what it was like being in the infantry, fighting a very unpopular war.

by Anonymousreply 15911/03/2014

He definitely pings, but his era was that of repression.

by Anonymousreply 16011/03/2014

My father loved to tell the story of the time Hope's radio show was pulled off the air immediately for reciting the following poem:

[italic]If women's skirts get any shorter

And the wind does not behave

They'll have two more cheeks to powder

And another place to shave[/italic]

He swore he heard it with his own ears as a child, but he was one for tall tales so we took it with a grain of salt. I've never seen any such incident mentioned in any discussion of Hope's career, so it's probably an urban legend. Does sound like something he'd write, though.

by Anonymousreply 16111/03/2014

r159, you were too gracious to trolly r158. What an uppity old Mary.

What I'd like to know was how they got the troops at his televised shows to jump up and down, cackling like monkeys? It was always so over the top, especially considering the horrible material Hope had.

by Anonymousreply 16211/03/2014

He wasn't gay to my lady hamper when I auditioned to go to Vietnam with him.

by Anonymousreply 16311/03/2014

Bob Hope was a manwhore. Not everyone you want to be gay is gay.

by Anonymousreply 16411/03/2014

cheated on his wife with other women all the time

by Anonymousreply 16511/03/2014

[quote]What I'd like to know was how they got the troops at his televised shows to jump up and down, cackling like monkeys?

When the soldiers are serving on the front lines of freedom, a visit from some celebs with their musicians and technicians takes them away from death and destruction for an hour or two. They're so happy for that opportunity that they truly jump for joy and will laugh from the heart at old jokes. For many, it was the last time they ever laughed.

by Anonymousreply 16611/03/2014

[quote]It's not surprising that men in our department would have the intelligence to appreciate those entertainers, unlike a bunch of Army grunts.

The international tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Mary Martin was slated to visit the USSR in the late sixties. When a political rift caused the Soviet trip to be canceled, the State Dept. sent the Dolly! company to Vietnam to entertain the troops instead.

Martin wrote in her autobiography that a significant portion of the troops were NOT happy to see them arrive. They were angry to have to provide security to a touring theater troupe and felt that their presence trivialized the sacrifices the soldiers were making fighting a losing war.

by Anonymousreply 16711/03/2014

Bob Hope was a straight Paul Lynde.

by Anonymousreply 16811/03/2014

Look up bob hope cathy o'brien, is it true??????

by Anonymousreply 16911/03/2014

R159 here. Mary Martin's "Hello, Dolly!" tour of Vietnam was in 1965 or 1966. I just checked her autobiography,

Martin also writes about her first press conference in Saigon. The first question from the press was, "Why did you come here?" She did not have an answer. The next question was, "Do you know how dangerous it is here?" Mary did recover and said, "Well if you can stand it, I can stand it."

A few pargraph down, Mary writes, "Certainly later I questioned my own impulsive 'Yes, I'll go.'"

Not sure, but Mary Martin may have been the last relatively big star to entertain in Vietnam without a political agenda.

by Anonymousreply 17011/03/2014

Lesley! I mean, Mary!

by Anonymousreply 17111/03/2014

Johnny Carson retired because he didn't want to end up like Bob Hope.

by Anonymousreply 17209/26/2015

I hated him in Critic's Choice

by Anonymousreply 17309/27/2015

Is Bob Barker gay He seems to abuse and hate women?

by Anonymousreply 17409/28/2015
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