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Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2003

Hope laid to rest in private

July 31, 2003

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— Bob Hope, who performed for millions of people in his career, was buried Wednesday after a private funeral Mass attended by about 100.

Details of the funeral were a closely guarded family secret.

The 100-year-old comedian, who triumphed in vaudeville, radio, television and films, died Sunday of pneumonia.

After a 6 a.m. Mass celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, a few blocks west of Hope's Toluca Lake estate, a hearse led a procession to the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Hope's casket was temporarily placed in a mausoleum vault. His casket later will be moved to a family grotto, when it is completed, publicist Ward Grant said.

The Hope family plans an Aug. 27 invitation-only Mass and a public memorial at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood.

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