HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36762
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS He writes to his wife Jean, saying he heard her coughing last night and was concerned. Jean reassures him it was only her asthma, and that she has taken some medicine for it.
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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
He writes to his wife Jean, saying he heard her coughing last night and was concerned. Jean reassures him it was only her asthma, and that she has taken some medicine for it. Hughes, a reclusive billionaire, 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 signed: "H", "J", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "My Sweet Dear Creature". In full: "I love you very much. Wha' happind to you last night? and how do you feel today? You were sneezing last night and I worried about you, I love you a whole heap, H.T.F." Post script: "I will send s.s.later". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Love -". In full: "I had asthma - it is just now easing up. I had a new medicine which make me droozie. I await your message - Love". Hughes has penned several notes on the verso: "When you write me a note it makes me very happy", "I missed not", "Don't you remember Henry B. Walthall". 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. Small tears on bottom edge. Fold in center. Light surface creases. Fine condition.
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