The comic became an Academy Awards mainstay, hosting or co-hosting the Oscars 18 times from 1940 to 1978. In 1959, he led an eclectic group of hosts that included Jerry Lewis, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Tony Randall and Mort Sahl. Hope, above, holds Loretta Young and his honorary Oscar in 1952.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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