HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36745
Sale Price $4,037.50
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
A letter between Hughes and Peters, with Hughes writing to Jean and telling her to enjoy her time with her friend, but that he will be messaging her later to establish "an ETR - 'R' for Rendezvous"
Autograph letter double signed: "Howard", "J", "H", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964.Hughes' letter begins: "My Dearest Sweetheart". In full: "I love you very very much. Please scribble me a few words so I know what you are doing etc, then I can bring you in on our own little intercommunication television system. Give Mel my love and I will message you later so we can establish an ETR - "R" for Rendezvous". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Love-". In full: "Were watching Flipper - Mel hasn't seen color before. I love you + will await your message - Love again". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "My Sweetheart, Please stay with Mel as long as you are enjoying it, and then whenever you get to the point where you really would like to say good-night, please come on in. I will be here loving you", "Tonight on TV - Zero", "Shall I choose between the muckers? We just can't seem to get away from her", "That homestead act was a real political hot potato", "Yes, but let me give it to you accurately Sunday nt", "Good things". 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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