HOWARD HUGHES - AUTOGRAPH NOTE UNSIGNED - HFSID 38083
Sale Price $2,550.00
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 note unsigned, 1 page, 8½x4½ (front and verso). No place, no date, but circa 1964. Hughes' letter begins: "Dearest Love". In full: "Please forgive me for goofing out on you as I did last night. I am so very sorry. I am sure I will be serviceable by a reasonable hour tonight". He has penned several more notes: "a change in my conduct. When I tell you about night before last you will understand. The reason I let the Dr. go to Maine is because I am not only going to get you a dentist + the skin specialist but I am also getting me a new Dr. immediately. Please don't mention it to anyone. It is not the Dr.'s fault. It is mine".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 frayed. Light surface creases. Fine condition.
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