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The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was most important entertainer of the twentieth century.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Born in 1903, and until his death in 2003, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to television and everything in between. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. His tours to entertain US troops and patriotic radio broadcasts, along with his all-American, brash-but-cowardly movie character, helped to ease the nationand#8217;s jitters during the stressful days of World War II. He helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, pioneer of the brand extension (churning out books, writing a newspaper column, hosting a golf tournament), and public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and tireless work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood. But he became a polarizing figure during the Vietnam War, and the book sheds new light on his close relationship with President Richard Nixon during those embattled years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Bob Hope is a household name. However, as Richard Zoglin shows in this revelatory biography, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationship with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Hopeandlt;/Iandgt; is both a celebration of an entertainer whose vast contribution has never been properly appreciated, and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man, who, unlike many Hollywood stars, truly loved being famous, appreciated its responsibilities, and handled celebrity with extraordinary grace.

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Zoglin chronicles comedian Bob Ho‛s life and career, which reached its zenith during the period before, during, and after World War II. Born Leslie Towns Hope in England in 1903, he spent his youth as Les Hope. He may be the most memorialized celebrity of all time--there are streets, a bridge, an airport, hospitals, theaters, chapels, schools, American Legion posts, performing art centers, a transport plane, a Navy cargo ship, a village in Florida, scholarships, and numerous awards in his name. At one time reputed to be the largest private landowner in California--he was worth 300 million when he died at the age of 100--he was also a hands-on CEO of the most sophisticated star-managing enterprise of the twentieth century. The author presents a comprehensive, warts-and-all biography looking at Ho‛s secrets as well--e.g., a stint in reform school, serial womanizing. Fourteen chapters are divided into six parts: the making of an entertainer; inventing comedy; finding a mission; inventing stardom; losing his grip; ensuring the legacy. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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and#8220;Revelatoryand#8230;fascinatingand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With his topical jokes and his all-American, brash-but-cowardly screen character, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. Above all, he helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, an enterprising builder of his own brand, and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As Richard Zoglin shows in this and#8220;entertaining and important bookand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;), there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationships with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a tireless worker, devoted to his fans, and generous with friends.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Scrupulously researched, likely definitive, and as entertaining and as important (to an understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture) as its subject once genuinely wasand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/iandgt;), andlt;iandgt;Hopeandlt;/iandgt; is both a celebration of the entertainer and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man. and#8220;A wonderful biography,and#8221; says Woody Allen. and#8220;For me, itand#8217;s a feast.and#8221;

About the Author

Richard Zoglin is a contributing editor and theater critic for andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; magazine. His book andlt;iandgt;Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed Americaandlt;/iandgt; is considered the definitive history of that seminal era in stand-up comedy. Zoglin is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and currently lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439140277
Author:
Zoglin, Richard
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Bob Hope, biography, entertainment, vaudeville, 20th century, performer, USO, Military entertainment, troops, Richard Zoglin, stand-up comedy, celebrity, Hollywood, non-fiction
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Richard Zoglin, Bob Hope, biography, entertainment, vaudeville, 20th century, performer, USO, Military entertainment, troops, stand-up comedy, celebrity, Hollywood, non-fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20141131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 page bandamp;w photo insert
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Synopsis" by , and#8220;Revelatoryand#8230;fascinatingand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With his topical jokes and his all-American, brash-but-cowardly screen character, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. Above all, he helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, an enterprising builder of his own brand, and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As Richard Zoglin shows in this and#8220;entertaining and important bookand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;), there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationships with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a tireless worker, devoted to his fans, and generous with friends.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Scrupulously researched, likely definitive, and as entertaining and as important (to an understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture) as its subject once genuinely wasand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/iandgt;), andlt;iandgt;Hopeandlt;/iandgt; is both a celebration of the entertainer and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man. and#8220;A wonderful biography,and#8221; says Woody Allen. and#8220;For me, itand#8217;s a feast.and#8221;
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