September 28, 2011
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
I could not help but be saddened when I heard that Dolores Hope passed away at home in Los Angeles recently at the grand age of 102. In my youth I remember fondly Bob Hope’s films ‘Road to…’ in black and white. We at Cunard Line have fond memories of both Bob and Dolores Hope who often travelled on Cunard Liners. Even today we have some wonderful Black and White photos displayed in the Heritage Trail on Queen Mary 2.
In memory of both Bob and Dolores Hope – and all the laughter and fun they gave so many of us – here are some pictures of them both enjoying their time on board and of Bob Hope performing on the original Queen Mary.
It was in 1939 that Bob and Dolores Hope travelled on Queen Mary from England to New York. Bob had taken his new wife to introduce her to his family in London. On the ship during the crossing on 3 September 1939, it was announced on the BBC that war had been declared by Neville Chamberlain that morning in London, seeing how upset everybody was, Bob organised a show to lift people’s spirits – he wrote his show that afternoon and then performed in the First Class lounge.
Here are a couple of his one-liners that will lift your spirits today;
How does it feel to be almost 100 Bob – ‘I don’t feel old, in fact I don’t feel anything till noon and then it’s time for my nap’
‘I asked my good friend Arnold Palmer how I could improve my game – he advised me to cheat’
In October 1962 Bob Hope performed at the Royal Variety Show at London’s Palladium – in front of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. At the start of his show, he looked up to the royal box and said – ‘We don’t have titles in the US. No – we just have two classes, the people and the Kennedy’s’. The Queen turned and smiled to her husband. Bob Hope continued – ‘And there are more people than Kennedy’s’. The Queen roared with laughter.
So – God bless Bob Hope and God bless his wonderful wife Dolores. We will remember them fondly and they have a very special place in Cunard’s history – they just don’t make them like that any more.