Bob Hope’s first curtain call


Look on line 13 of this ship passenger list for Leslie Hope, who would change his name in 1928 to Bob Hope. His age is incorrectly recorded as two. He was actually four. The future entertainment giant arrived in New York City on March 29, 1908, aboard the American Line’s SS Philadelphia from Southampton, England. He came with his mother Avis and five brothers and sisters.

National Archives, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service


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