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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.

Hope, 97, ``woke up this morning complaining of a lower intestinal problem,″ and was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center, spokesman Ward Grant said. Hope was resting comfortably, and his wife, Dolores, and daughter Linda were with him, Grant said.

Hope’s condition was unavailable Thursday evening because doctors were still evaluating him, hospital spokeswoman Lea Goodsell said.

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.