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    Howard Hughes Autograph Letter Signed "Howard" to wife Jean Peters with reply. On January 12, 1957, and under assumed names, Howard Hughes secretly married actress Jean Peters at the L & L Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, shortly after her divorce from Stuart Cramer III. Peters had won a trip to Hollywood in 1946 as a prize for taking the title of Miss Ohio State and made her screen debut with Tyrone Power in Captain from Castile in 1947. She retired from films when she married Hughes. From 1957 until 1966, they lived in California, and then moved to Las Vegas. Their relationship was a strange one; they lived in separate bedrooms where they communicated through phone calls and notes such as the one offered in this lot. Written sloppily on a legal size yellow lined sheet, no date, no place, Hughes writes: "Dearest Sweetheart, I adore you so much. I just wanted to be sure you are aware of this. My baby we will see each other early tonight so we can permit you to go to bed at 12:00 if you feel sleepy then. I will send you S.S. from T.F. before 11:00 so if you feel well I will be standing by and loving my little "Tinkle-Brook." I have decided that is your name, Howard." Jean replies "Dearest Love I'm studying German. - this week - Will be most happy to see you early tonight. I missed my favorite show - "Trials of O'Brien" I love you very much & send for me before the stream runs dry. Love again J." The mention of this Peter Falk-starring TV show dates the letter to 1965 or 1966. Hughes writes several additional comments. In 1970, Hughes moved to the Bahamas and Peters was granted a divorce in 1971 after having lived separately during most of their marriage. Hughes agreed to pay her a yearly income for twenty years and deeded a Beverly Hills home to her. Fine condition, transcript included.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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