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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36731

HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes writes to his wife asking if her mother has retired to bed, with Peters replying that she has, and she will join him in his room soon. The letter goes on with Hughes speaking

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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes to his wife asking if her mother has retired to bed, with Peters replying that she has, and she will join him in his room soon. The letter goes on with Hughes speaking to Peters (presumably while they are in the same room) about a show they are watching, detailing the way amphibian planes work
Autograph letter signed: "H", "J", 1 page (front and verso), 8½x14. No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest sweet child". In full: "I love you madly. Very, very extra extra much! About what time do you expect your mother + Ned to retire? I will send rocket about that time. I only need a few min. to recover from Dr. I love you again, Common practice". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love". In full: "They have just now gone to bed. I would like to get dressed for bed and then come in - otherwise now is fine. I love you". Hughes has penned several notes on the verso and front of page, apparently in conversation with Peters: "Dearest, still a little shaky - how about 20 min.?", "I feel much stronger and will surprise you" "He was doing all of that crazy flying because he had had a fight with his wife", "That's what I call immaturity", "But the reason I was shaking my head was - I never realized that sea plane bases were ever built so you could take off on the strip & then slip into the water. Which is what I thought I saw", "He was flying an amphibian", "Does that still confuse you?", "Normally - an amphibian takes off on a land air-strip or from the water. It seemed to me in that shot the he took off from land and then continued into the water, and then, took off. that is all that confuses me", "Maybe there is something new that Crane does not know about", "Honey, they were 4 door cars", "Continentals, the man said they were". 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. Fold in center. Light surface creases. Fine condition.

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