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Entertainer Bob Hope Hospitalized

June 2, 2000

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Entertainer Bob Hope was hospitalized Thursday after complaining of stomach pains, but his doctors said the ailment was not life-threatening.

Hope, 97, woke up complaining of a lower intestinal problems and was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center, spokesman Ward Grant said.

``Mr. Hope has undergone a series of tests and his physician has indicated that his condition is not life threatening and is treatable,″ hospital spokeswoman Lea Goodsell said Thursday night. ``He is in critical care where it is anticipated he will remain for at least another day and is then expected to be in the hospital for about a week.″

Doctors were continuing to evaluate him and had not released his condition, Goodsell said. She said a weeklong hospitalization was anticipated because of Hope’s age.

Hope had returned home to nearby Palm Springs on Tuesday after a trip east to open the Bob Hope Gallery of the Library of Congress. The comedian, who meticulously filed jokes he told over the years, donated them and $3.5 million to the exhibit. He also visited a friend in Maryland, where he went fishing and celebrated his 97th birthday Monday, Grant said.

Hope, master of the one-liner, starred in vaudeville, radio, TV and film, most notably a string of ``Road″ movies with Bing Crosby. From World War II to the Gulf War, he took his show to military bases around the world to boost the morale of soldiers.

Eisenhower Medical Center is located on 80 acres of land donated by the entertainer, about 120 miles east of Los Angeles.

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