HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36722
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes writes a note to his wife saying he has sent for the doctor and will give her a progress report, with Peters writing in response that she will await his call and that she loves him very much Autograph letter signed: "Howard", "J", 1 page (front and verso), 8½x14.
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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes a note to his wife saying he has sent for the doctor and will give her a progress report, with Peters writing in response that she will await his call and that she loves him very much
Autograph letter signed: "Howard", "J", 1 page (front and verso), 8½x14. No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "I adore you so much. So very very much that if I don't get a note (Billet double doux) from you I will surely die. Honey, I am sending for the Dr. now as surely not to be late. I will give you a progress report. Love again". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Lover". In full: "That's fine - I'm watching Andy Williams - I love you very much & await your call, Love-Love". On verso, Hughes has written a number of notes: "Excellent for 66 the beginning. This deal must go this year or face a long postponement", "You mean my participation", "Please withhold your appraisal until I can explain everything in detail", "I'm getting a new hearing machine meanwhile is there something you want to do?", "Believe me I don't forget the deplorable situation for 5 minutes - the Mrs. doesn't let me", "I mean in talking to your Mrs. And my Mrs. to say absolutely zero". 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. Light surface creases. Fine condition.
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