HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36772
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes writes to his wife, saying he would love to see her when she has finished watching her movie, with Peters responding that she will join him once her guests leave.
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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes to his wife, saying he would love to see her when she has finished watching her movie, with Peters responding that she will join him once her guests leave. A reclusive billionaire, Hughes lived in separate quarters (but in the same house) from his wife and was mostly confined to his bedroom, speaking to her almost entirely in notes and letters.
Autograph letter double signed: "Howard", "J", "H", "J", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: " "I spy" goes on in an hour and I know you like it. I will try to be all ready and waiting when it's over. Meantime, I love you very very much". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "Arlen and Shel are here, and we will watch 'Spy" together. I love you more - Love again". Hughes: "Dear Sweetheart, I did not know they were here and was hurrying so as not to bee too late. Therefore, please don't cut short your visit. Just give me a rough idea, and then please relax + just come whenever they decide to leave, Love". Peters: "Dearest - That's very kind of you - it is always rather difficult to get rid of the Stuarts'. We are watching J. Carson; so I'll come in when they leave. Shel used to work with Criswell, who is on the Carson show tonight, so I'll try to get them out when he is off. Love". The relationship between business tycoon HOWARD HUGHES (1905-1976) and actress JEAN PETERS (1926-2000), which was marked with strange meeting rituals and periods of little or no direct contact, was anything but normal, yet their sincere devotion to each other endured throughout their 14-year marriage. The dashing aviator and movie mogul had met Peters in 1946, when she had come to Hollywood as a prize for winning the Miss Ohio state title. Hughes was intrigued by Twentieth Century-Fox's rising star, who made her film debut in 1947. Following 11 years of sporadic dating, the two were married in a small mining town outside of Las Vegas on January 12, 1957. Hughes, known for working odd hours into the night, preferred to relay his business and personal directives via memos and hand-written notes rather than the spoken word, and he would communicate with his wife in this same manner. They jotted notes about planned meetings, films, business and opinions in general. In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes lived at the fashionable address of 1001 Bel Aire. However, their marital arrangements included separate living quarters, and Jean often was required to make an appointment with Hughes' aides in order to see her husband. By this time in their marriage, the couple was known to usually spend a half hour together after 11 p.m. before retiring to their separate bedrooms. In November 1966, Howard Hughes confined himself to a hotel penthouse in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1970, after having spent most of her married life with Hughes in separate accommodations, Jean Peters Hughes was granted a divorce. Fold in center. Light surface creases. Fine condition.
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