HOWARD HUGHES and JEAN PETERS He writes a letter to his wife, saying "I adore you even more than ever". She replies saying she is preparing for hollowing, and then the two go on to pass several notes back and forth.

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He writes a letter to his wife, saying "I adore you even more than ever". She replies saying she is preparing for hollowing, and then the two go on to pass several notes back and forth. 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 adore you even more than ever. I have all the information we discussed, including the schedule of delivery of the large bundle coming from the east. What time would you like for us to be together I mean what would you really prefer. I love you some more, and still more my dearest little sweetheart [signature] What are you doing? Please don't let anything upset you, now or ever". Peters' letter, written beneath her husband's, begins: "Dearest Love -". In full: "I am making pupettes for Hollow'een - Ghosties; out of balsa wood. Ronnie + I are going to present a musical extravaganza on the Sat. before Hollow'een. We are in desperate need of a writer, choreographer and a special-effects man. Any time after 11:00 is fine - or before if you feel up to it. Re the bundle from Detroit - await news with bated breath. Love". Peters: "In this case I can't be too upset - Because my square brother in laws says to me "I suggested to Rae he send a muddle to Mr. H" + Rae said "How long will it be in quaranteen" which infuriated me - for one - Hopper shouldn't have said it - + if Jud had any moxy, he would not have repeated - So I can't be sorry at all - only common politeness requires you to thank Mr. Hopper". Hughes has penned several notes on the front and verso: "Did not criticize anyone", "Double cou contours not expressable in photos", "cry important in performance", "about "Industrial Spies" but no need to put it on the presidents desk", "fastest in world", "models (4 in number, I think) have been used for months - they are now making cheaper + I assume plastic copies - The only reason I dared ask for one of the "masters" was that the contract was signed + they were no longer needed". 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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