HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36764
Sale Price $4,037.50
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes to his wife to meet at 11:15, and the two proceed to watch television together (presumably in the same room), with Hughes penning several notes about the shows and commercials. A reclusive billionaire, Hughes 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 Sweetheart". In full: "Shall I expect you at 11:15 (Saint) or if you have guests, just let me know. I love you very very. Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "I have no guests - so I'll come in at 11:15 - which I think it is already - Love". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "I just tuned it in as you came thru the door", "Did you see "Journey to the Center of the Earth"?", "I goofed", "spies, spies" "I suppose "Untouchables" + Westerns will seem like something from the forgotten past", "A "Chemist"" "Blighters", "as any of the new ones like "Wild Wild West"", "Their ads are always good. That "Met. For Lunch bunch" is a hell of a line", "Sego is just as good but only sells about 1/10th of the amount. That's why I said "just as good" Because of what you said", "All I know about Sego is what you told me", "are you sure you don't want the ring?", "I think it is extravagant - It's lovely + I like it - but I need a car", "You don't have to chase chose". 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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