Bob Hope (1903-2003), American
comedian and film actor, noted
for his entertainment of American
military troops overseas. Born
Leslie Towne Hope in Eltham,
England, his parents took him to
Cleveland, Ohio, when he was
four years old. Hope made his
first appearance on the Broadway
stage in 1927  in The Sidewalks of
New York. Between 1928 and
1932  he traveled the nightclub
and small-theater circuit as a
stand-up comic. Later in 1932 he
starred on the Broadway stage in
the musical comedy Ballyhoo.
Hope first performed on radio in
1935 and three years later had
his own show on a major
network. In 1938 he also
appeared in the first of some 60
films, The Big Broadcast of 1938.
Some of his later films were The
Cat and the Canary (1939); Road
to Singapore (1940), Road to
Zanzibar (1941), Road to Utopia
(1946), Road to Rio  (1947), and
Road to Bali (1953), all with the
American actor Dorothy Lamour
and the American singer and
actor Bing Crosby; The Facts of
Life (1961); and Cancel My
Reservation (1972). On
television, he appeared often as
master of ceremonies, a role in
which his sharp wit and mastery
of repartee were especially
effective. He entertained
American troops throughout
World War II, the Korean War,
the Vietnam War, and the Persian
Gulf War.
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
owned by Bob Hope
One of the world's most recognized and
beloved entertainers, Bob Hope is best
known as a comedian, and as the guy who's
always ready to fly off and entertain the
troops.  Throughout his extraordinary
professional career of nearly seventy years,
Bob Hope practiced the arts he learned in
vaudeville and perpetuated variety
entertainment traditions in stage musical
comedy, motion pictures, radio, television,
and the live appearances he made around
the world in support of American armed
forces. Beginning  during World War II he
began entertaining military personnel
world wide and continued to do so through
the Gulf War.
The 1953 Skylark, was built as a limited
edition (1690 cars) to commemorate Buick’
s 50th Anniversary.  Each Skylark’s was
Custom built to order with the owner’s
name, Bob Hope, embedded in  the steering
wheel.  The Skylark was only available as a
convertible with a design that spoke of
class and performance.  This is arguably
one of the most collectible Buicks ever.
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