HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36775
Sale Price $4,037.50
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes a brief letter to Jean, remarking that he hoped tonight was not "too depressing", and that good things will begin happening. Peters responds with love, and says everything sounds very exciting. 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: "You told me 6:30 to 7:00 was your point of maximum stress and strain. In the rocket launchings they call it Max. Q. Anyway I hope it was not too depressing tonight, as things are really happening - actual tangible acorns - not just wishful thinking. I worked like a beaver all night and morning. I love you so much sweetheart. I will send word to you early". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "Everything sounds very exciting. My Mother left for Ohio today. She had a very nice visit. I await your message and I love, love you". 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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