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Dolores Hope, wife of Bob Hope, dies at 102

Dolores Hope, wife of comedian Bob Hope, died on Monday, September 19, 2011 at the age of 102. (Pictured: Dolores Hope appears in an undated photo provided by her spokesperson.) (Bob Hope family)

September 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dolores DeFina Hope, singer, philanthropist and wife of comedian Bob Hope, died on Monday at the age of 102 of natural causes at her Toluca Lake home.

She met Bob Hope when she was singing at a club in Manhattan in 1933, and it was "love at first song," as he described it.

They were married the next year and remained together until Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of 100.

In the 1940s, Dolores began helping Bob on his tours entertaining U.S. troops overseas, and she would continue to do so for over 50 years.

At the age of 83, Dolores picked up her singing career again, releasing her very first album called "Dolores Hope: Now and Then."

Family was always a driving force in Dolores Hope's life - she and Bob adopted four children - and the couple also made charity an important part of their lives.

Dolores Hopes is survived by two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be private. She will be buried next to Bob Hope at the Bob Hope Memorial Garden at the San Fernando Mission.

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