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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER UNSIGNED WITH JEAN PETERS - HFSID 38076

[HOWARD HUGHES] and JEAN PETERS Jean pens a short letter to Hughes informing him of her plans for the night, with Hughes penning several notes back to her. A reclusive billionaire, Hughes lived in separate

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[HOWARD HUGHES] and JEAN PETERS
Jean pens a short letter to Hughes informing him of her plans for the night, with Hughes penning several notes back to her. 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: "J", "JP" 1 page, 8½x11. No place, no date, but circa 1964. Peters' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "I assume you had your enema session last night. I hope you are feeling alright now. I am going to see Arlen for a few hours. I got up at 6:00 + will be up till 7:00 or 8:00 to night. I miss you and love you", "Please give to Mr. Hughes. Thank you". Hughes has penned (but unsigned) several notes: "I hope I didn't wake you! Please forgive me. I promise to be OK I will settle for tomorrow", "You're not upset with me the way you were, are you?", "Without you I am lost. That is what I meant in my message". 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. Small tear on left fold. Ink notes (unknown hand). Fine condition.

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