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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER UNSIGNED WITH JEAN PETERS - HFSID 38080

He pens a note to his wife, saying that he loves her, and that he is not sending for the doctor tonight. Peters responds saying that she realizes he does not have the best doctor available.

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[HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS]
He pens a note to his wife, saying that he loves her, and that he is not sending for the doctor tonight. Peters responds saying that she realizes he does not have the best doctor available. 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 unsigned,1 page, 8½x4½ (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "I adore you and I am thinking of you. I am not going to have the Dr. tonight even tho I had to have the enema last night". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, in full: "Visits are much less frequent than they have been in the past. But, to be truthful, I didn't know what that meant - except, of course, a lesser dependence on him - in some way. I know it is very difficult - (and I don't think you have the best doctor available) I'll await your call. Love". 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. Bottom edge worn and torn. Light surface creases. Fine condition.

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