HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN PETERS - HFSID 36774
HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS Hughes writes to his wife, saying he would like to see her before it gets too late. Peters writes back saying she is very sleepy, and as soon as possible would be best. Hughes goes on to pen several notes on a show they are watching (presumably in the same room).
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HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS
Hughes writes to his wife, saying he would like to see her before it gets too late. Peters writes back saying she is very sleepy, and as soon as possible would be best. Hughes goes on to pen several notes on a show 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: "Howard", "J", 1 page, 8½x14 (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "I presume you are watching "I Spy" just starting. I love you so much. I don't want to be too late again. Please tell me your preference after 11:00, and I will send a signal at the time you designate. I love you some more and again and again, and again". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Love -". In full: "I conked out on you last night - I had gotten up so early to see Mother + Red off - then I got fouled up and had to take a laxative which almost killed me - I am still sleepy - so as near 11:00 as possible would be best - I'm watching "Spy" in color. I love you very much -". Hughes has penned several notes on the verso: "Thank you sweetheart for offering me the Turkey, but Turkey + chicken are a little constipating to me, so I better get my new laxative diet well organized and operating before I try Turkey. I just meant to compliment the advertisement. I have noticed it before", "But Hitch doesn't usually finish his shows on a serious corny note like that", "Mooooooooo!", "I am so happy you are sleeping". 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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