Dolores Hope, widow of Bob Hope, remembered as singer and philanthropist (video)

Dolores Hope, wife of the late entertainer Bob Hope, passed away early this week. A fine singer and dancer in her own right, Dolores Hope left the stage to raise their family.

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Dolores Hope leans over to talk with her husband, entertainer Bob Hope, as they ride in a car as Grand Marshals for a parade in his honor in Toluca Lake in this 1998 file photo. Dolores Hope died on September 19, according to her publicist.

Dolores Hope, who passed away Monday, had a tough job.

Being married to comedian and entertainer Bob Hope meant sharing her husband with most of the free world.

Hope, after making his name on stage and radio in the 1930s and later cementing his legend on television, spent lots of time entertaining US and allied troops around the world during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait.

Dolores Hope stayed home to raise their four adopted children, but would accompany her husband on some of his USO tours, usually singing "Silent Night" to a rapt audience of soldiers.

Mrs. Hope, who also spent time raising money and awareness for charity, passed away at her home in southern California.

Below is a video of Bob and Dolores Hope on a tour of England 50 years after D-Day.

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