HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes complains of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang: "How dare they steal my title?" Autograph Letter Signed: "Howard" and "J." on front, 2p, 8¼x13¾, ruled yellow sheet, front and verso (hinged to show both sides).

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Hughes complains of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang: "How dare they steal my title?"
Autograph Letter Signed: "Howard" and "J." on front, 2p, 8¼x13¾, ruled yellow sheet, front and verso (hinged to show both sides). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "I will send you a message about 11:30 - 45 if OK. I have to go you know where in the meantime. I love you a whole heap. More than you have any idea." Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, also begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "That's fine - I love you and will be waiting for your message. Im (sic) watching Al Hirt. Love Again". On verso, Hughes has written a number of notes: "Have you heard about "Hell's Angels"? How dare they steal my title? I'm going to [blank]", "I think this is outrageous! He split off with Brand Motors and went to our pet hate the next day.", "compris", "He's another much smaller. Brand & Williams are neck & neck - by far the biggest Lambert & Storm have worked for Brand for about 10 years & he switched in one day" and "Don't you remember the stool at the studio?" At the right margin, Peters has written: "When I see a little man with a big dog, it sickens me - he's just using the poor Animal". At the left margin, Hughes has written two additional notes: "This is the way wars start." and "Very good idea". 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. Hughes' comments refer to his use of "Hell's Angels" as a film title; at the time of this correspondence, Hell's Angels was becoming an infamous name for a notorious California motorcycle gang. In 1927, the 21-year-old Hughes had performed daring flying stunts in Hell's Angels, which he produced and directed. 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. Lightly creased, touching writing (all legible). Light stain at lower blank margin of front. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 41x25½.

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