Legendary comedian Bob Hope is remaining behind closed doors and away from the limelight - because he wants the world to remember him in his stronger, healthier days.

The British-born funnyman is set to celebrate his 100th birthday on 29 May (03), but the event will be at his home in Toluca Lake, California, as he's too weak to go out in public.

Hope's longtime friend and publicist WARD GRANT says, "Bob has good days and bad. But if he had one wish, it would be that his fans remember him as he was, not as he is today. That is why he never ventures out anymore."

08/05/2003 09:38