People have called Bob Hope the “Entertainer of the 20th Century,” and he was no less than a titan of Old Hollywood. But behind the scenes of Hope’s family-friendly career is a life of rivalry, scandal, and very dirty little secrets. Without further ado, draw back the curtains and let these hidden facts about Bob Hope entertain you…
1. He Had A Completely Different Name
Bob Hope’s name wasn’t actually Bob Hope; he was born Leslie Townes Hope in London in 1903. Hope may have taken on the name “Bob” as a tribute to the popular racer Bob Burman—but there is a sadder theory. Growing up, children would tease him by calling him “Hope, Leslie” until it sounded like “Hopeless,” spurring the name change.