Bob Hope was resting comfortably and in stable condition at a hospital in the desert community of Rancho Mirage on Thursday after undergoing emergency medical treatment for an intestinal problem — just four days after his 97th birthday, a spokesman said.
Hope’s longtime spokesman and friend Ward Grant said he was ordered to remain overnight at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, not far from his Palm Springs home.
Grant said the comedian woke up with pains in his lower intestine and was first taken by ambulance to the nearby Desert Regional Medical Center. He was later transferred to the Eisenhower Center.
Hope’s wife of 66 years, Dolores, 91, and the couple’s daughter Linda were at his bedside, Grant said, adding that the emergency medical treatment did not include an operation.
The English-born entertainer, who came to the United States as a child, became an American institution in a career that spanned seven decades during which he turned the one-liner into an art form.
The Hopes had just returned on Tuesday from a three-week trip to the East Coast, where he opened the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment at the Library of Congress and donated 88,000 pages of comedy material, including many of his classic one-liners.