HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes writes to Jean, saying he will be meeting her soon, and she responds saying she has decided she wants a new phonograph for her birthday. Hughes goes on to describe the best way it should be done.

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Hughes writes to Jean, saying he will be meeting her soon, and she responds saying she has decided she wants a new phonograph for her birthday. Hughes goes on to describe the best way it should be done. 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", "J", "H", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dear Sweet Little One". In full: "I adore you. Would you like to make it as early as possible tonight? Or, are you just getting your production line into operations on the puppets? Either way, I love you more than you will ever know. The Dr. arrives soon and I should be serviceable again about 10: 45 or 11:00 at very latest. I love you some more + still, yet and again some more". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "Eleven will be fine - I know what I want for my birthday - the very best phonograph with tape hook-ups + jacks - I've been sitting here with 3 portable phonos + not a damn one works - But I want to make my own cabinet I just want the components in box speakers - etc. I would put them in plywood box temporarily - I love you". Peters: "I'm trying to put all my voices + music on one tape - but I have to lift things from records for the music. I am about to throw them all off the hill. Love again". Hughes: "Dearest - Dr. went way overtime. Please forgive me will signal soon. Love". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "Everything you need will be in the re-recording (dubbing) set up I will just include the speakers", "a nice cabinet", "But everything will be working + temporarily wired", "swivel chair. records and tapes etc. without getting up", "Each act of your show can be one reel of tape - all with music and sound effects", "OK but that lash up for the show should be a different machine". 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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