Bob Hope biographer dishes about the star's 'secret life'

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Revealed: The Secret Life Of Bob Hope

Bob Hope was one of last century's greatest entertainers, but was the comedian and philanthropist a Casanova with a string of flings? INSIDE EDITION speaks to the author of the new Bob Hope biography, who claims the 'real' Hope is quite different than the man in the public eye.

The legendary Bob Hope was the quintessential entertainer. He was beloved by generations of Americans, but it can now be revealed that he was also a legendary ladies' man.

That's the startling conclusion from this juicy new book, "Hope: Entertainer of the Century," written by Time magazine editor Richard Zoglin.

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Bob Hope biographer dishes about the star's 'secret life'
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: (l-r) Wife/singer Dolores Hope, actor/comedian Bob Hope -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: Actor/comedian Bob Hope with writers and crew -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor/comedian Bob Hope, Wife/singer Dolores Hope -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: (l-r) Wife/singer Dolores Hope, actor/comedian Bob Hope -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25: Bob Hope and Loretta Young were among a number of American film actors and actresses who arrived at Southampton on the Queen Mary for the Royal Command Film Performance in London on November 27. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25: Bob Hope and Loretta Young were among a number of American film actors and actresses who arrived at Southampton on the Queen Mary for the Royal Command Film Performance in London on November 27. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: Actor/comedian Bob Hope with writers and crew -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: (l-r) Wife/singer Dolores Hope, actor/comedian Bob Hope -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25: Bob Hope and Loretta Young were among a number of American film actors and actresses who arrived at Southampton on the Queen Mary for the Royal Command Film Performance in London on November 27. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
Actor Bob Hope and wife Dolores Hope attend Friar's Club Roast Honoring Geraldo Rivera on March 20, 1984 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Bob Hope and wife Dolores Hope attend Friar's Club Roast Honoring Geraldo Rivera on March 20, 1984 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE -- 'Think Pretty' Episode 1 -- Air Date 10/02/1964 -- Pictured: Fred Astaire (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BOB HOPE -- Pictured: (l-r) Dolores Hope and husband, Bob Hope on a USO Tour in 1944 -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Bob Hope, the actor, entertainer and comedian, is almost universally known around the world for his long career as a star of film and television. He dedicated himself to entertaining soldiers, sailors and airmen of the armed forces. The legacy of Bob Hope is commemorated by a major sculptural artwork titled 'A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military'.
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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER -- Pictured: (l-r) General Dwight D. Eisenhower and actor/comedian Bob Hope c. 1945-1946 for the Bob Hope Motor Car Parade -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
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Zoglin told INSIDE EDITION, "He was not the most faithful husband." He says the married Hope was a Don Juan who had a fling with America's sweetheart, Doris Day, in 1949. "He had a quick, brief affair with Doris Day. She was a singer on Bob's radio show," said Zoglin.

He also says Day wasn't the only girl in Hope's past. He says when Hope made his classic road films with Bing Crosby, he carried on affairs mostly with B-list Hollywood starlets including actresses Barbara Payton and blonde bombshell Marilyn Maxwell, with whom Hope had a four-year affair.

"They were so close people at the Paramount lot used to call her 'Mrs. Bob Hope,'" Zolgin said.

Bob Hope's wife was Dolores Hope. She and Bob were married for 70 years until his death in 2003. But Zoglin makes the surprising claim that Bob and Dolores may not have been legally married.

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked Zoglin, "Have you found any evidence that Bob and Dolores Hope were actually married?"

He replied, "I do not have any evidence. No one has a marriage license for Bob and Dolores. They made up that marriage date."

Zoglin says Hope's legacy is his unwavering support of our troops overseas and the memories he gave to America.

"I think he was the most important entertainer of the century," said Zoglin.

Doris Day says she only had a professional relationship with Bob Hope and that they were never romantically involved.

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