Charles Lee, 78, a comedy writer who worked for Bob Hope for 32 years, died Oct. 18 of heart failure at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Burbank, following a long illness.Lee, who was with Hope from the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, specialized in writing monologues, and he also had a special knack for the song parodies favored by Hope. Their work together included Hope’s films and TV shows as well as public appearances and newspaper columns. Lee traveled with Hope on troop-entertaining tours to such countries as Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Germany and Greenland. A native of London, at 17 Lee went to N.Y. and supported himself in odd jobs, including stints in brassiere and matzoh factories. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and writing a column for the G.I. newspaper Stars and Stripes, Lee wrote for the Kate Smith and Kay Kyser radio shows in N.Y. Lee also had been a staff writer for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and also wrote for London’s “The Des O’Connor Show” and scripted an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Eleanor; a daughter; and two granddaughters. The family suggests memorial donations to the Friends of the Studio City Library.
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