WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS, OR AS IT'S KNOWN AT MY HOUSE, PASSOVER!
Bob Hope- 1968 Academy Awards telecast
Twenty six times, the orchestra at the Academy Awards launched into a brassy, elegant arrangement of "Thanks for the Memories," as America's global ambassador of laughter, the fast and funny Bob Hope, strode to center stage and delivered his singular,comic commentary on the glittering night ahead.
For eighteen of those appearances, Hope served as the host of Hollywood's most glamorous evening, with his unfulfilled dream of striking Oscar gold becoming the core of his rapid fire monologues.
As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the best work and most talented professionals in cinema for the eighty-first time,tonight, and as actor-entertainer Hugh Jackman takes his place among the performers privileged to host the Oscars, Here are two clips of Bob Hope at his best.
First,Hope on NBC-TV,at the 1955 academy awards, in the good company of Brando, Bogart and Cary Grant. Enjoy!!!!!
While Hope was never honored for his individual film work, he did receive four honorary Oscars recognizing his humanitarian efforts and myriad contributions to the art of movie-making.
The next clip , from ABC-TV, shows two American, entertainment legends, Hope and Lucille Ball,making their last,joint Oscar appearance, in 1988. Enjoy!!!!!