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Tuesday
Sep202011

Bob Hope's Widow, Dolores Hope, Dead at 102

Ron Galella/WireImage(TOLUCA LAKE, Calif.) -- The widow of legendary comedian Bob Hope has died.

Dolores Hope, a singer and philanthropist, passed away Monday at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., of natural causes.  She was 102 years old.

Hope performed under the name Dolores Reade before she tied the knot in 1934 to Bob Hope, who died in 2003 at the age of 100.  She joined him on many of his tours to entertain U.S. troops, performing songs such as "Silent Night" and "White Christmas."  She also recorded several albums.

Actress Carol Channing said of Dolores Hope on Monday, "She was the First Lady of the USO.  They didn't come any more patriotic, caring or talented than Dolores."

Comedian Rip Taylor recalled, "I'll never forget what a wonderful singer she was.  In fact, that's how Bob and Dolores met.  It seems to me that they were always laughing."

The Hopes adopted four children during their marriage.  Dolores Hope, whose birth name was Dolores DeFina, is survived by a daughter, a son and several grandchildren.

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