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HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36749

HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS A sick Hughes demands reassurance that his wife still loves him. ALS: "Howard", 2p, ruled yellow sheet, front and verso (display is hinged to show both sides of sheet). No place, no date. To his wife, actress Jean Peters. Begins: "My Sweet Love

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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
A sick Hughes demands reassurance that his wife still loves him.
ALS: "Howard", 2p, ruled yellow sheet, front and verso (display is hinged to show both sides of sheet). No place, no date. To his wife, actress Jean Peters. Begins: "My Sweet Love". In full: "I fell behind in my diet again and got into that deplorable condition. Again. I am sorry to write so miserably, but I am really sick. I wanted to be at my best for your birthday, so I went ahead and took you-know-what this morning. I seem to be having more difficulty each time and it must stop. I was in agony this morning and still am. I am getting ready to eat but don't want to until I know how you are, and whether you forgive me. Please either come & give me a kiss, or write me a note. I hate to have you see me looking so sick, but I must know - really know - if everything is all right, or I will be too miserable. I hate to make you drop everything & come when I am unable to talk. A note will do if you will just say something so I will know if things are really OK. I love you so very much". On verso, beneath Hughes' writing, Peters has written in pencil: "I LOVE YOU". 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. This written fragment of the correspondence between Hughes and Peters, delivered back and forth by aides, illustrates their unique relationship as well as their unusual love for each other. 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, Hughes confined himself to a hotel penthouse in Las Vegas. In 1970, after having spent most of her married life with Hughes in separate accommodations, Jean Peters Hughes was granted a divorce. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 37x28½.

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