Dolores Hope, who was married to comedian Bob Hope for 69 years, has died, reports the Los Angeles Times. She was 102.
Throughout their marriage, which ended with Bob Hope’s death in 2003, Dolores Hope oversaw the couple’s charitable giving, including helping to establish the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the story says. Hope died of natural causes at her Toluca Lake home, which she and her husband had bought in 1938, the article adds.
Hope was born Dolores DeFina in 1909 and grew up in the Bronx, meeting Bob Hope when she sang in nightclubs and he attended a New York City Show, the story says. They married in 1934 and soon performed vaudeville together, although later her husband’s career skyrocketed and he often traveled.
"When we were celebrating our 50th anniversary, people would say, ’50 years?’ And Bob would say, ‘Yeah, but I’ve only been home three weeks,’" Dolores said in a 1995 interview. Bob Hope credited Dolores, who was a devout Catholic, for judging whether his jokes were appropriate for family audiences, the story says.
She performed with her husband on his famed overseas tours for U.S. troops starting in the late 1940s and later sang on his NBC television specials, the piece notes.