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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 36768

HOWARD HUGHES [JEAN PETERS] Hughes writes to his wife, Jean, asking her to watch an opera program: "You may be in it!". He then goes on to discuss the program with her, with Peters writing one note in response, but not signing.

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HOWARD HUGHES [JEAN PETERS]
Hughes writes to his wife, Jean, asking her to watch an opera program: "You may be in it!". He then goes on to discuss the program with her, with Peters writing one note in response, but not signing. 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", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Sweetheart". In full: " "Opening night at the Opera" is on Ch. 9 at 10 colock - Please see it and then we can gab about it. You may be in it! I love you and will send another message about 10:30 to 11:00". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso, with Peter's penning one note: "Honey I will keep the sound as low as possible (particularly during commercials) and still enough so I can keep abreast of the plot", Peters:"I only objected to the 1 - commercial - play it as loud as you need", Hughes: "It was a British bus, and I thot it was a part of the picture. I am sorry", "How long will opera be in town?", "It may have simply been an ad for the opera". 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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