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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Bush leads tributes to comic
President Bush
President Bush extended his prayers to Hope's family
US President George Bush has led tributes from around the world to entertainer Bob Hope, who has died aged 100.

President Bush said the US was mourning the loss of "a good man".

He said thousands of American troops from different generations had been entertained by Hope.

"Bob Hope made us laugh and he lifted our spirits," Mr Bush said.

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson said Hope was "an institution"
"He served our nation when he went to battlefields and entertained thousands of troops from different generations.

"We extend our prayers to his family and we'll mourn the loss of a good man. May God bless his soul."

Buckingham Palace said the Queen would be writing to Hope's widow, Dolores. The couple had been together for 69 years.

"The Queen was very sad to hear the news and is sending a private message to his widow," a palace spokeswoman said.

UK chat show host Michael Parkinson described him as "the ultimate all-round entertainer".

"He wasn't just a comedian, he was an institution and deservedly so," he told the BBC.

His life was dedicated to making people laugh and he thoroughly enjoyed it
Golfer Arnold Palmer
"He was one of the most significant entertainment figures of the 20th century."

Golfer Arnold Palmer, a friend of the entertainer, said no modern comic could compare with Hope.

"Bob Hope dedicated himself so much to entertaining and to being part of the world of entertainment that it would be difficult for anyone to come close to him," he said.

"His life was dedicated to making people laugh and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn said Hope had worked tirelessly

"It was an ambition. Right up to the end he never stopped entertaining."

Film critic Derek Malcolm said Hope was a talented comic actor.

"Many comics are depressed in real life, but he wasn't - unless he'd had a bad round of golf," he said.

John Marriott, of the Critics' Circle, said Hope was one of the last great entertainers from a golden age.

"He was meant to be a very, very nice guy," he said.

Bob Hope
Hope lived to make people laugh, his granddaughter said
Hope stepped in to save a theatre in Eltham, south London - near the house where he was born - when it faced closure in 1980.

Theatre secretary Jim Shepherd said Hope's generosity had secured the future of the venue - renamed the Bob Hope Theatre in his honour.

Mr Shepherd said Hope had supported groups in other local areas such as Walworth - one of which produced the young Michael Caine.

"We feel sadness - but his family want us to celebrate his life, and not his death," he told BBC News Online.

He's had a good life, now it's time for him to rest
Jim Shepherd, Bob Hope Theatre
"His centenary year has been one of celebration, with things happening all over the place.

"He's had a good life, now it's time for him to rest."

Hope's fellow wartime entertainer Dame Vera Lynn said he had worked tirelessly throughout his life to entertain people.

"His contact with people was something he enjoyed and while he was able, he was determined to carry on," she said. "We shall miss him."

Hope's daughter, Linda, thanked wellwishers.

"I just wanted to express our appreciation for all the outpouring of love and affection. It is so heartwarming to all of us," she said.


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