Los Angeles: Dolores DeFina Hope, a singer, philanthropist and the wife of the legendary comedian Bob Hope, has died. She was 102. (Agencies)
Dolores breathed her last on Monday at her Toluca Lake home in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Reporter said.
The singer and the comedian were married for nearly 70 years.
Born in Harlem on May 27, 1909, Dolores was singing at the Vogue Club in Manhattan under the stage name Dolores Reade when she was introduced to Bob, then a rising Broadway star.
As he described it, it was "love at first song," and they were married for nearly 70 years until his death in July 2003 at the age of 100.
She put her singing career on hold to be at his side and to raise their children. But at age 83, she recorded several albums and performed with Rosemary Clooney in New York at Rainbow and Stars for several weeks.
The Hopes adopted four children, and Dolores became an advocate for adoption, serving on the board of Holy Family Adoption Services in Los Angeles.
Survivors include her children Linda Hope of Toluca Lake and William Kelly Hope of Oakland, Calif, her grandchildren Zachary Hope, Miranda Hope and Andrew Hope Lande; and great-grandson Kai Smith. The Hopes' eldest son Anthony died in 2004 at the age of 63.
Los Angeles: Dolores DeFina Hope, a singer, philanthropist and the wife of the legendary comedian Bob Hope, has died. She was 102.