HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 38073
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS He writes to his wife saying how sorry he is that's she sick, and how he knows it's his fault; she reassures him it wasn't, and that she'll be watching a fashion show soon. Hughes then goes on to pen several notes about a show they are watching (presumably in the same room).
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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
He writes to his wife saying how sorry he is that's she sick, and how he knows it's his fault; she reassures him it wasn't, and that she'll be watching a fashion show soon. Hughes then goes on to pen several notes about a show they are watching (presumably in the same room). 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 Sweet Love". In full: "I am thinking about you. I hope you are not so sick as you were last night. When you suffer like that and I know it is my fault. I feel more miserable than you realize. I will send some word again as soon as I can predict things with some degree of confidence. I love you so very very much". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love -". In full: "I want to watch the fashion show on #7 at 10:30. I fell some better - it isn't your fault - I'm still depressed because of Cis + the general state of the world. I'll await your message. Love". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "When you come in my temperature goes up 10°", "That's awful because I am sure he didn't know what the tax expert was doing", "That's a long way from a conviction", "He'd probably like to take her to bed", "Do you think that would make any difference to him?", "The seal is by far the best thing in the picture", "Well you know I made it, so have seen quite a few times", "You kinow Two Feathers a real Indian Chief would die rather than break his word-", "You really have me trapped now", "Can't have sitting bulls ancestors on W.P. Hardly the place", "I'm embarrassed", "All of my technicians have faired well Nick Musuraca is in charge all Univ. Studio", "about 30 hrs. of finished product per week", "She was well photo'd + I hate to have you see it so lousey", "If you will love me and forgive me stalling, I will make it some how", "Your car - definite". 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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