Bob Hope emceed so many of great-grandma Ida’s events the family story is she discovered him…

Jayne Mansfield Harry Seelig Bob Hope Others JHA watermark
Unknown man, Harry Seeling Jr., unknown woman, Jayne Mansfield, Bob Hope. At one of the Ida Mayer Cummings Junior Auxiliary gala fundraising events for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Year unknown but prior to June, 1967.

More from the JHA* scanfest during my recent trip to Los Angeles!

Here’s Bob Hope, who emceed so many of great-grandma Ida Mayer Cummings’ events that the family story is that she discovered him. I have no idea if that’s true or not but remember she did move in the right circles thanks to her younger brother, Louis B. Mayer.

In any event, Bob Hope and Ida certainly became dear friends, and he was incredibly supportive of her events and fundraising activities for at least 20 years. He was also so in awe of Ida’s incredible energy and chutzpah that he once quipped, “She’s the only woman I know who can pull a man by the lapels over the telephone!”

On the back it says 'Final Appearance'
My great-grandmother, Ida Mayer Cummings, Rabbi Edgar Magnin, Bob Hope. At a JHA event. Circa late 1960s.

There were no dates or other information on these photos but it looks like he and Harry Seelig Jr. (2nd from left) are being honored that year. Harry Seeling Jr. served as president of the JHA over at least two tenures.

And there’s Jayne Mansfield, who you’ll remember I mentioned in yesterday’s post (on Facebook) in relation to columnist and biographer May Mann and the George Hamilton pic.

I gather Jayne Mansfield was the kind of person who said “dress code, dress schmode” and came how ever she damn well wanted!

She and May Mann were apparently very close and after her death, Mann authored, Jayne Mansfield: A Biography, which was published in 1973.

*For my new followers: JHA is the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, which my great-grandmother, Ida Mayer Cummings, devoted herself to for decades.

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