In 1933 Bob Hope was appearing in his first Broadway show. One of his fellow cast members talked him into a night on the town. During a stop at the Vogue Club Bob saw a pretty girl singing “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Bob was entranced with the dark beauty named Dolores Reade.
Bob made it a point to get to the club every night, and soon was escorting Dolores to her hotel after her shows. The couple married in April of 1934, and Dolores joined Bob for a short time on the vaudeville circuit.
As Bob’s career took off, Dolores spent more time taking care of their home and their four adopted children. She continued to sing on a small scale, and during the 1940s she began accompanying Bob on his USO visits to entertain troops. Carol Channing would state “She was the first lady of the USO.” Bob’s last Christmas show for the troops was in 1990 during Operation Desert Storm. Dolores was the only woman entertainer approved to appear in Saudi Arabia.
Dolores spent much of her later years in charitable pursuits. She served as President and Chairwoman of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA, and has been an honorary member of The Wings of Hope Humanitarian organization.
Dolores was at Bob’s side during his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003. Two months he passed away.
Good Night Dolores, say Hi to Bob for us.