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Hope, Boblocked

(30 May 1903–17 July 2003)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Hope, Bob (30 May 1903–17 July 2003), comedian, was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England, the son of William Henry Hope, known as Harry, a stonemason, and Avis Townes Hope. His father drank heavily and worked irregularly; his mother had been orphaned as a child and reared in a foster family that promoted her training to be a concert singer, a dream that ended when as a teenager Avis impulsively married Harry Hope. Young Leslie, the fifth of seven boys in the family, shared his mother's vocal talent; he also showed a gift for mimicry even as a toddler, and his mother encouraged him to sing and dance at family and neighborhood events....

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