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Hope Hall, 100, former dancer who toured with Marx Brothers

Hope Hall, a dancer with the Marx Brothers who toured American music halls during World War I, died Saturday (June 1, 1991) at Majestic Towers. She was 100. She never wanted to live to be even as old at 90, she once told a newspaper reporter, but she made the most of her later years.

Of the "golden years," she said, "Golden, nothing! They're brass jingles."

But she found rewards in art, which she and her late husband, Bob, turned to in retirement. Her husband, an engineer and efficiency expert, complained about the cost and time and the financial return. She, however, became a late-blooming artist, winning prizes for her florals and landscapes that she sold, kept or gave to friends.

"I don't buy fur coats, and I have a lot of fun," said Mrs. Hall, a member of the Suntan Art Center. "I couldn't get along without painting now."

At 94 she got a face lift and bragged about how good she felt about herself.

"I'm really elated, for the most part," she said. "When you don't see wrinkles, you feel lighthearted and better. My ambition has come back, and I went to a lithograph lecture and think I'll get into lithography.

"Some people say, "You look wonderful.' That can't help but make you feel good. I'm getting out more and ... it's nice to have somebody love you a little bit."

She was born in St. Louis and reared in Indiana. Her father, a supervisor in an elevator company, disapproved of her dreams to be a dancer. But her mother stood behind her.

"When I went into show business," she said, "one of my aunts said, "I know where you got it. Your mother was always dancing around the kitchen with a broomstick."'

A flu epidemic closed the Marx Brothers show in Denver, and she married Grover Moffat, a man she had known since high school. When he died, she lived in California until she married her late husband's brother, William, who went west to find her.

He died, too, and after a decade as a widow she married Bob Hall, who was retired. They moved here in 1970.

She was a member of Pasadena Community Church and Majestic Towers Art Club.

Survivors include a great-nephew, James Wallace Jr., Ridgewood, N.J.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Kenfield-Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 Pasadena Ave. S. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

_ Some information in this obituary came from stories in the Evening Independent.