Hope Garden to open

GOOD MORNING: Bob Hope’s final resting place, the three-quarter-acre Bob Hope Memorial Garden, was dedicated privately Wednesday inside the San Fernando Mission grounds. Hope was interred there Friday, along with son Tony and Teresa Kelly DeFina, mother of Bob’s wife, Dolores Hope. Dolores (96) “was intimately involved” with every phase of the garden’s creation. Invited to Wednesday’s dedication and dinner at the Hope residence in Toluca Lake were Kathryn Crosby, Red Buttons, Swoosie Kurtz, Jan and Mickey Rooney, Joanne Carson, Tom and Jan Sarnoff, Johnny Grant and Mort Lachman. A Mass was conducted by Cardinal Roger Mahoney. Hope died July 27, 2003, at age 100. The Hope Garden will be open to the public starting Friday. In addition to statuary (including Our Lady of Hope), fountains and flowing water, stone pathways and a flowering landscape, a memorial wall of Bob’s life in bronze bas-relief is in progress. The guest program for Wednesday’s dedication notes, “Some years ago, when Dolores asked Bob, ‘Where do you want to be buried?’ he replied, ‘Surprise me.’ And she has!”

JANE FONDA WILL be joined by son Troy Garrity (32) when she sets out on her cross-country anti-war bus tour to call for an end to U.S. military operations in Iraq. Jane, fully recovered from hip replacement surgery last month in Atlanta and living at her ranch near Pecos, N.M., made her announcement during a book signing (“My Life So Far,” Random House) Saturday in Santa Fe. She says in her book, “I turn to Troy when I need support.” I asked Garrity howcum his mother was getting involved? “I guess she thinks it’s time for people to do something,” he said. He was in Las Vegas promoting the docu he exec produced, “Off the Chain,” about pit bulls from the days of the cuddly Pete in “Our Gang” comedies to today’s pit-bull fighting. This weekend, Garrity wings to London to co-star in “Sunshine,” which he describes as a sci-fi psychological futuristic film in which he’d play an astronaut. Danny Boyle directs. And Garrity hopes producer Mark Johnson can delay the start of his “Lake City,” in which Garrity would co-star with Sissy Spacek.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: YVONNE Stevens will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday at Kate Mantilini with her family — son George Stevens Jr., Liz, their children Michael, Caroline and David and grandchildren. Yvonne, widow of George Stevens, came to Hollywood in 1913 and was a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty when she met and married Stevens Sr. … Roy Gerber, who with Danny Simon was the inspiration for Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” celebrated his 80th birthday … WB press agent Melissa Hufjay and producer (and former Disney VP) Peter McAlevey will wed Oct. 1 at the Cranwell Resort in Pittsfield, Mass. They met when she was praising his “Shadow Hours” at Sundance. He’s now globally shooting a docu on the rock band System of a Down aimed for Sundance … The Thalians celebrate their 50th anni Sunday on their Walk of Fame at George Burns and Alden Drive honoring Joni and Jody Berry, Gayle Levine, Marilyn and Harry Lewis and William Gold … California’s state controller and stem cell research leader Steve Westley was introduced to the showbiz community by Sherry Lansing with a breakfast at her home, where Westley’s candidacy for governor was applauded … Seth Abraham, former prez of HBO Sports, Madison Square Garden and Radio City and now heading his own banner, Stardship SA, winged to L.A. for meetings to tie his sports savvy with cable and web toppers for video-on-demand shows.

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