(New York Post) Comedy legend Bob Hope was a top star in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio, in movies, on TV and through decades of USO tours around the world. He also had one of the longest show-business marriages on record — he was wed to singer Dolores Reade Hope for 69 years until his death at age 100 in 2003.
Or was he? "Hope: Entertainer of the Century," a new biography by Richard Zoglin out Nov. 4, not only casts doubt on whether Hope was ever legally married to the former Dolores DeFina (who died in 2011 at age 102) — it chronicles a long list of his rumored sexual dalliances, some of which went on for years.
"No marriage license for Bob and Dolores Hope has ever turned up," Zoglin writes. "The lack of any record of the Hopes' marriage (not even a wedding photo) led some Hope family members to speculate over the years that a wedding may never have taken place."
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