On this day in 2003, at 100 years old, Bob Hope passed away. He was an entertainer for over 80 years. The one constant for nearly 6 decades of Hope's life was his dedication to raising the morale of the American G.I. through the U.S.O. tours. Hope began his relationship with the G.I. in May 1941 at March Field, California. The rest, as they say, is history.
In this rare video, Hope reports to the American public about the role of the U.S.O. and the importance of supporting the organization. How times have changed.
Although his movie credits are a mile long, Hope never won an Oscar for any of his performances, and he often joked about it. However, he was awarded an "Honorary" Oscar for his work in show business. During a 2003 Oscar Tribute, Bob Hope was the star of the show:
Enjoy more great pictures of Bob Hope as he entertains our GIs. (place your cursor over the photo for a description)