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Bob Hope

Artist
Marisol Escobar, 22 May 1930 - 30 Apr 2016
Sitter
Bob Hope, 29 May 1903 - 27 Jul 2003
Date
1967
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Polychromed wood
Dimensions
Without Base: 47 x 36.8 x 45.7cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 18")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Marisol Escobar/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Object number
NPG.78.TC452
Exhibition Label
When you think of Bob Hope you instantly envision the jaunty irreverence of this consummate entertainer. Born in England and raised in Cleveland, Hope joined the vaudeville circuit as a teen. By the mid-1930s he was a fixture on radio and a star on Broadway. By 1940, in Hollywood, he began the hugely popular series of "Road" movies, partnered with golf buddy Bing Crosby. Hope’s commitment to entertaining U.S. troops from 1941 through the Gulf War was legendary, and Time saluted him with two covers, this one and one in September 1943, for his steadfast volunteer service.
Al pensar en Bob Hope, de inmediato recordamos el irreverente desenfado de este consumado artista. Nació en Inglaterra, creció en Cleveland y siendo aún adolescente se incorporó al mundo del vodevil. A mediados de los años treinta ya era figura habitual en la radio y estrella de Broadway. Hacia 1940 comenzó en Hollywood la popularísima serie de películas “Road to...”, junto a su compañero de golf, Bing Crosby. Su compromiso de llevar entretenimiento a las tropas estadounidenses desde 1941 hasta la Guerra del Golfo era legendario y Time reconoció su incansable labor voluntaria con dos portadas, esta y otra en septiembre de 1943.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine