Thursday, April 17, 2003
Bob Hope is nearly 100.
The legendary entertainer Bob Hope will turn 100 next month, and friends and fans gathered in Hollywood Tuesday to celebrate his career. The comedian was named Hollywood's "Citizen of the Century" for his work as an entertainer, and his work entertaining U.S. troops overseas.
Bob Hope has been making people laugh since 1909, when the six-year-old immigrant from England mimicked comedian Charlie Chaplin in front of a Cleveland firehouse.
Young Bob was clearly a precocious little bugger. It wasn't until 1912 that Chaplin made his first American theatrical appearance and not until 1914 that he first came to world attention with his films for Keystone. If little Bob was picking up on Chaplin when he was just six he clearly had an eye for future talent beyond that of most six year olds...