Other albums followed, "Somewhere In Time," songs of World War II, "Hopes for the Holidays" with Bob, "That's Love" and "Young at Heart" dedicated to Bob. Now, in 2002, Dolores has started preparations for a sixth album.
As a five-year-old growing up in the Bronx, Dolores DeFina knew she wanted to be a singer. In the 1930s, Dolores on the advice of an agent, changed her name to Dolores Reade (after Broadway actress Florence Reed) and began her professional singing career on the New York night-club cicuit.
It was after just such a performance at the Vogue Club in 1933 that Dolores met a young actor/comedian who came with his friend George Murphy to "hear a pretty girl sing." That young man was Bob Hope.
As Bob tells it, "She had a low, husky voice - soft and sweet. She sang IT'S ONLY A PAPER MOON and DID YOU EVER SEE A DREAM WALKING? That did it! From then on I was at the Vogue Club every night, waiting to take Dolores home. A few months later we tied the knot." There must have been something special in that voice for the Hopes celebrated their 68th anniversary in February.
Dolores soon left the supper club circuit to join her husband in his vaudeville act. The couple toured the major stages together until Dolores exchanged her professional singing career for a role as mother, singing lullabies to her children. She also kept in good voice entertaining friends at parties.
In the late 1940s Dolores returned to the stage when she began helping her husband entertain U.S. troops around the world. She became one of the most loved performers in the show. She sang and the soldiers loved her. In Vietnam, Christmas 1966, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when Dolores sang SILENT NIGHT. She sang to a hushed audience and when she finished she was treated to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
Dolores continued to tour with Bob. One of their trips was to Saudi Arabia in 1991 to entertain the troops in Operation Desert Storm. She was the only female entertainer allowed to perform in Saudi Arabia. Dolores has also made 18 guest appearances on Bob's NBC television specials over the years.
With all her albums, Dolores provides her listeners with a musical treat that spans the generations from the 1930s to today. She combines a 30s style with today's technology to produce a pop sound that is truly timeless. She draws from her extensive musical background when selecting the songs. She particularly loves the interplay and exchanges with the talented musicians at the recording sessions. Nick Perito (Perry Como's gifted arranger/conductor) has produced most of her albums, working with arrangers Bob Alberti, John Oddo and long-time accompanist Geoff Clarkson, to ensure that every note is perfect.
When not recording, performing, spending time with Bob, her children and grandchildren, Dolores gives much of her time to numerous charitable causes. Among those causes have been the Hughen School for Severely Handicapped Crippled Children in Port Arthur, Texas (The Dolores Hope Library graces the campus of the school); St. Anne's Home in Los Angeles; the Holy Family Adoption Service and Childhelp USA. She has served on the Board of Directors of Mutual of Omaha and as a member of the Board of Overseers of the House Ear Institute. The achievements of The Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, California, are due directly to the untiring efforts of Dolores Hope, its founding president.
Everyone in the entertainment, political and charity worlds appreciates Dolores' dedication to her home and family, to the Roman Catholic Church, and her charitable endeavors everywhere.