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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36771

HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes apologizes for oversleeping and recommends a movie for him and his wife to watch, with her writing back that she is already watching one. They both go on to discuss her past high school boyfriends.

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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes apologizes for oversleeping and recommends a movie for him and his wife to watch, with her writing back that she is already watching one. They both go on to discuss her past high school boyfriends. 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: "Howard", "J", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest whom I love and adore". In full: "The Dr. is here. I slept until after 9:00. I am sorry. I will send rocket as soon as I recover even a little bit. "Open End" sounds good. Why don't you look at some + tell me. I love you encore, encore". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "We are watching Chanel #2 - Send me a flare when you feel like it. And don't watch #2! I love you". Hughes and Jean have penned several notes on the front and verso: Hughes: "For how long? I have been hoping you could come. It's a good picture", "He might have put the flaps down", Peters: "My mother + father were going over my high-school boy friends - and naturally talking about people I would never have dreamed of even spitting on - but they have their fantasies; just as me" H: "I probably would have been jealous of everyone one of them. What was his name?" P: "I think - Ben - something", H: "Buddy or Bobby Clark?", P: "Bobby Clark wear's big black glasses", H: "Walley Vernon?", "When you gave the message", "The 3", "Our things - all morning", "They are at sea on moneuvers".. 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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