HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36773
Sale Price $4,037.50
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
He writes to his wife, saying he will be meeting with her after he has seen his Dr., with Peters responding she is currently working on her "tapes". She then pens him a note in regards to what she seeks in a new car. 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 Love". In full: "I am going to w.c. + sending for Dr., but will try not to be too long, and will signal you the minute I am in the clear. Saint starts at 11:15. If I am a little late maybe you can fill me in. I love you". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Heart -". In full: "That's fine - I'm working on my tapes - I love you very much Love again". Peters has penned a note on the verso, with Hughes responses: Peters: "I want - S Wagon - bucket seat in front - head rest, light leather - not white prefer green paint". Hughes: "Lets try". 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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