CELEBRATED. BOB HOPE, legendary funnyman of stage and screen; his 100th birthday; in Los Angeles. British-born Hope, who began his career in vaudeville, has acted in more than 50 movies, anchored scores of TV shows and entertained millions of American troops posted overseas. In the U.S., Hope's becoming a centenarian will be commemorated over an entire year with exhibitions, stage performances and TV and movie specials. Ahead of his May 29 birthday, the comedian was reported to have quipped, "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type."


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