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Wife of Bob Hope, long involved in charity work, dies at 102

September 19, 2011
(Photo by Ross A.…)

Dolores Hope, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, has died. She was 102.

In the late 1960s, the Hopes donated 80 acres of land near their future Palm Springs estate for the medical center, which opened in 1971.

She was born Dolores DeFina on May 27, 1909, in New York City and grew up in the Bronx.

During the 1930s, she sang in nightclubs using the stage name of Dolores Reade and met Hope when he caught a New York City show.  L.A. NOW

Photo: Dolores Hope. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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