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Entertainer Bob Hope Hospitalized

June 2, 2000

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Entertainer Bob Hope was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Thursday for gastrointestinal bleeding, a condition his doctor said is common in elderly people and not life-threatening.

The 97-year old entertainer was given blood transfusions before the bleeding was stabilized, Dr. Gary Annunziata told reporters outside Eisenhower Regional Medical Center, where Hope was in the critical-care ward.

``For his age, he is in very, very good shape and has done very, very well,″ Annunziata said.

He said the condition is not life-threatening and doctors expect Hope to make a full recovery. He gave the comedian’s condition as ``critical but very stable.″

Hope was hospitalized Thursday morning after he woke up with stomach pains. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a week, spending perhaps another day in the critical-care section.

The lengthy stay is anticipated because of Hope’s age, Annunziata said.

His wife, Dolores, and his daughter Linda were with him.

``Both Mrs. Hope and daughter Linda are very optimistic and ask that everyone simply keep Bob in their prayers,″ said hospital spokeswoman Lea Goodsell.

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, his spokesman Ward 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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