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    Howard Hughes Signed Letter to Wife Jean Peters, Including her Response, Regarding the Death of "Cissie," on Yellow Legal Paper with Fascinating Content. The mysteries of Howard Hughes (1905-1976) were myriad, and this hand-written letter is an intensely private look into the raging emotions and paranoia of this fabled producer/director/tycoon/aviator/eccentric. The letter is addressed to Jean Peters, the actress whom Hughes wed in 1957. It begins "Dear Love" and concerns the death of a woman named "Cissie," whose relationship to Hughes and Peters is a mystery. The letter reads in part, "...I have not stopped crying since I got your note. All I can say is that I love you very much. I would give anything in the world to be able to make you feel better and take care of you as I should...I love you more than you begin to realize; Howard." Ms. Peters writes below his message in black ink, addressing Hughes as "Dearest Love" assuring him that "..Cissie's liver was shot...," expressing her opinions on mourning the dead, etc. Hughes then resumes in blue ink, and ends with a bombshell regarding the departed Cissie - "I gave her hepatitis." (!) Then Jean Peters responds yet again, writing in the margins, "Howard - That is a crock," noting Cissie's medical history, adding that Cissie believed her doctor to be "a dope addict" and assuring Hughes "you did more for her than most sons do for their own mothers...She was a part of you and so I loved her. Anything that hurts you, hurts me." Ms. Peters refers to Cissies "surgery in 1959-60 for the chicken bone," so the letter obviously postdates that event and was probably written before Hughes and Peters divorced in 1971. This is a rare, intimate and ultimately very sad insight into one of the most powerful, unusual and haunted men in U.S. history! Fine condition. Comes with a typed transcript of the letter and a COA from PSA/DNA.

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