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In one scene, Dolores sings a song.

Her husband then announces to the GIs: "I want to teIl you, today's her birthday .



and doesn't she look beautiful!"At the party, Hope sat beneath the 1900 kiosk (showing corset ads, her old baby pictures and a blow-up of her birth certificate) and chatted with old friend Gloria Stuart."We always had similar interests," said Stuart, who added that she did radio shows with Bob Hope and was once married to one of his writers.

She will celebrate her 99th birthday on the Fourth of July, she said.Friends such as Mary Crosby, daughter of Bing Crosby, recalled Hope's close relationship with St.

Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood.

There, she donated time and money for such causes as the Lady of Hope Chapel and a family social service center.Former USO dancer Patty Thomas performed with Bob Hope in the South Pacific in the waning days of World War II and later in Vietnam.

Along the way, she became friends with his wife.

She recalled the Hopes' dedication to servicemen.Some in the crowd talked of how Hope abandoned her own New York singing career to move to Hollywood in the '30s with her husband.

One of her own traditions was singing "Silent Night" to troops to close out her husband's USO shows.Daughter Linda Hope, who with her brother Kelly planned the party, said laughter in the Toluca Lake home may have contributed to both parents' long lives.

Grandson Zack Hope of New York suggested that dry martinis might have helped.

Several guests joked about the "Mass and martinis" ritual observed by Dolores Hope on Sundays.Along with her church work, Hope hosted charitable events at the couple's home in the Palm Springs area, including the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournament.

She was founding president of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.She had a brief revival of her singing career at age 83 when she recorded several albums and performed with Rosemary Clooney in New York.Nice memories [email protected],0,5824753.story
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