PUBLISHED: 13:39 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 04 April 2017
The Weston Mercury and Weston Town Council are giving you the chance to nominate which blue plaques will be installed in Weston-super-Mare first. Read these biographies and then cast your votes for your favourites.
Bob Hope :: Actor
May 29, 1903 to July 27, 2003
Hope, born Leslie Townes Hope, was born in south east London before his family moved to Weston-super-Mare.
He later became one of American’s most successful entertainers and one of Weston’s most famous showbiz exports.
Hope’s links with Weston and the States went right back in his family history – his grandfather helped to build the town’s sea wall in 1883, and he then crossed the Atlantic to become part of the team which carved the Statue of Liberty.
Hope lived in Orchard Street and Lindley Terrace before moving to Bristol. When he was four years old, the family emigrated to America.
Hope’s performing career began in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions. His first film contract was with Educational Pictures in 1930, and he was later signed by Paramount Pictures. For a number of years, he was one of the most popular stars in the world.
During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he spent a lot of time entertaining the troops.
Although he was never nominated for an Academy Award, he was given five honorary awards for his services to film.