The legendary Bob Hope was the quintessential entertainer. He was beloved by generations of Americans, but it can now be revealed that he was also a legendary ladies man.
That's the startling conclusion from this juicy new book, Hope Entertainer of the Century, written by Time magazine editor Richard Zoglin.
He says the married Hope was a Don Juan who had a fling with America’s sweetheart, Doris Day, in 1949.
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“He had a quick, brief affair with Doris Day. She was a singer on Bob's radio show,” said Zoglin.
He also says Day wasn't the only girl in Hope's past. He says when Hope made his classic road films with Bing Crosby, he carried on affairs mostly with B-list Hollywood starlets including actresses Barbara Payton, and blonde bombshell Marilyn Maxwell, with whom Hope had a four year affair.
“They were so close people at the Paramount lot used to call her ‘Mrs. Bob Hope,’” Zolgin said.
Bob Hope's wife was Dolores Hope. She and Bob were married for 70 years until his death in 2003. But Zoglin makes the surprising claim that Bob and Dolores may not have been legally married.
INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked Zoglin, “Have you found any evidence that Bob and DoloresHope were actually married?”
He replied, “I do not have any evidence. No one has a marriage license for Bob and Dolores. They made up that marriage date.”
Zoglin says Hope's legacy is his unwavering support of our troops overseas and the memories he gave to America.
“I think he was the most important entertainer of the century,” said Zoglin.
Doris Day says she only had a professional relationship with Bob Hope and that they were never romantically involved.