Remembering the other Hope

Writing at, columnist Richard Horgan goes for the contrarian take on Bob Hope and talks with Arthur Marx, author of an unauthorized biography a decade ago that detailed numerous affairs and harsh treatment of writers and other employees.

“Bob Hope could have sued me and probably won,” suggests Marx... “All the stuff I wrote about him, his girls and his affairs, was true. But he still could have sued me and because he had such big lawyers... He didn’t care. I think he was kind of pleased that I wrote about his girls.”

Marx is the son of Groucho. The book was The Secret Life of Bob Hope.

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