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Ora dimenticato, Bob Hope sembra fosse un grande comedian. "When Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of one hundred, attention was not
widely paid. The “entertainer of the century,” as his biographer Richard
Zoglin calls him, had long been regarded by many Americans (if they
regarded him at all) “as a cue-card-reading antique, cracking dated
jokes about buxom beauty queens and Gerald Ford’s golf game.” A year
before his death, The Onion had published the fake headline
“World’s Last Bob Hope Fan Dies of Old Age.” Though Hope still had
champions among comedy luminaries who had grown up idolizing him—Woody
Allen and Dick Cavett, most prominently—Christopher Hitchens was in sync
with the new century’s consensus when he memorialized him as
“paralyzingly, painfully, hopelessly unfunny". Frank Rich, nybooks.
Hope: Entertainer of the Century, Richard Zoglin
(Simon and Schuster).