HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS He writes to his wife, Jean, explaining that he has had regular "movements" recently without the aid of an enema, and she replies that she is glad he is having some normality.

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He writes to his wife, Jean, explaining that he has had regular "movements" recently without the aid of an enema, and she replies that she is glad he is having some normality. 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", "H." "J", 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. I must have the Dr. because later on I must have that sad ordeal. I am improving, because although I have not been able to dispense entirely with the enema (as I have resolved on each occasion to do) nevertheless, since that real bad one, I have not permitted anything even approaching that condition to build up again, and I have been able to achieve a number of periods, some as long as ten days, during which all activity was completely normal and unassisted. So, you see there is some hope. Anyway, the only purpose of the above, distasteful I know, is to say that regardless of the Dr., I can be ready at any time that suits you best. So please tell me and I will adjust things accordingly. I love you a whole heap, [Signature] And I promise to be more considerate hereafter". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Love -". In full: "I'm sorry you have to suffer through enema on a hot night like this. But am glad to hear you've had longer periods of normality. I will watch the English movie at 10:00 - It is sticky hot - I love you -". Hughes had penned one unsigned note: "If I throw out half of the accumulated equipment is that about right?". 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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