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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36782

Hughes writes to Jean, saying they should meet soon, and the two go on to discuss a recent boat purchased. 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.

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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes to Jean, saying they should meet soon, and the two go on to discuss a recent boat purchased. 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: "My Adorable Creature". In full: "I love you and will look for you in about ½ hour if OK. If so, I will send you a dispatch to be sure I am back from you know. I love you some more". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest -". In full: "That's fine. I'll be expecting to hear from you around 11:30. I love you". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso, with Peters penning two notes: "Did you see or hear about the splash down", "I think it was the most stupid good of the space program", "They I'll bet he is the biggest lady killer in all Latin America", Peters: "For a long time I was always late on the 15th of every month. But I am not anymore. I promise this will be done now", Hughes: "Did you hear anything about the boat?", "I thot maybe from Sally. I thot maybe thru the same source", "I'll have it brought I have all details which I could not get before without possibility of letting our intentions be known which could have increased the price a great deal", "before we go", "Good an requires less crew than normal for that size", "Because entire lower deck is deactivated, as I expected", Peters: "But, is it usable space - or just like an attic?", Hughes: "usable for luggage and small members of crew (present or future) - Restricted head-room", "Happy electric signal", "I am very happy about it. You see, I went all thru a duplicate of this boat. That is why I have been so willing to go ahead", "Any time your heart desires", "I will I'll get it", "we will use". 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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