HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes and his wife exchanged a letter discussing their meeting later, with Hughes penning several notes on television shows they are watching (presumably in the same room).

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Hughes and his wife exchanged a letter discussing their meeting later, with Hughes penning several notes on television shows 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: "H", "J", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Sweetheart". In full: "I love you a whole heap. I must have the Dr., I am sorry to report, amount I am forced to have you know what. However he won't be late, and I will signal you the minute he goes, it should be very near 11:00 You could find things to do in the same room. I love you some more". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dear Love-". In full: "I'm sorry you have to have doctor - I'll be waiting for your message. UNCLE is on at 10:00. Love". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "I think this year's crop of shows is worse than last, and that is a pretty strong statement", "The star of this one is the #2 man from Hawaiian Eye with a new name yet! He has a Hawaiian name", "Tracy Steele + - real name Richard Isley Tom Lapaka -?", "But I do not remember Conrad", "However it was probably the same", "You don't remember Robert Conrad do you?", "They are all copies of some successful show", "2 Features of the new house. A separate room + bath with electric buzzer for boys. Plenty of room for us but in our room, a king size bed", "Or so cramped and uncomfortable", "He used to stay at Hampshire House", "The rail road must be crooked", "Improving", "claustrophobic by now", "That's how we call him on the phone", "Any other dealer - This is the direct counter part", "Uncle in the West", "Until I put my foot down". 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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