Hell for Hughes
Howard Hughes created a name for himself by becoming a businessman, a movie producer, an engineer and a great aviator. Through these jobs, he created some of the greatest movies of all time such as “Scarface”, “Hell’s Angels” and “The Outlaw”. He was also one of the most prominent aviators in history. As an aviator he set multiple world air speed records and created and built the famous Hughes H-1 Racer and the H-4 Hercules aircraft. He also acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines. These accomplishments made Hughes one of the wealthiest men in the world, which helped him to maintain the isolated lifestyle he lived and to control his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Howard Hughes grew up in a wealthy family, his father had made millions by creating a drill bit that could drill through hard rock and that made it possible for oil drillers to reach the large pockets of oil lying beneath the rock. After commercializing his invention, Hughes’s father, Howard Hughes Sr. made a decision and founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909. Being around tools and success for most of his childhood, Howard began inventing and engineering at age ten. When Hughes was just eleven years old he built Houston's first radio transmitter. At twelve, he was recognized as the first boy in Houston to have a "motorized" bicycle. Hughes made this bicycle by himself using parts taken from his father's steam engine. Hughes was a great student. He attended a private school in Boston before moving to the Thatcher School in California. At his school he advanced in mechanics and physics. He also showed a great interest in flying.
At the age of sixteen, Howard’s mother, Allene died of pregnancy complications, two years later Howard’s father died instantly after an embolism of an artery. Hughes inherited 75 percent of the family fortune. On his 19th birthday, Hughes was declared an emancipated minor, enabling him to buy his relatives out of the company and take full control of his legacy. As Hughes was running Hughes Tool Company, he was attending college as well. These two responsibilities became too much for Hughes to handle and he decided to drop out of Rice University shortly after his father’s death.
After dropping out of college, Hughes was ready to make a new name for himself. On June 1st, 1925 he married Ella Botts Rice and moved out to California where he hoped to become famous by producing movies. Hughes’ dream came true after having great success with his first two movies, “Everybody’s Acting” and “Two Arabian Nights.” He continued with his Hollywood success when he created “The Racket” (1928), “The Front Page” (1931) and “Hell's Angels” (1930). His biggest hits however were the more violent and promiscuous films such as “Scarface” (1932) and “The Outlaw” (1943). Hughes’ Hollywood lifestyle continued after producing his movies however. In 1929 Hughes’ wife Ella Botts Rice filed for divorce, his Hollywood lifestyle and his loose acts became too much for Ella to handle. Hughes’ never showed much sorrow after parting from his first wife, instead he continued dating all types of famous women such as, Billie Dove, Ava Gardner and Katherine Hepburn.
Success was never a problem for Howard Hughes. He had made tons of money, and had created an remarkable name for himself. This was all until July 11th, 1936. On this day, Hughes struck and killed a pedestrian named Gabriel S. Meyer with his car while he was driving around Los Angles. Hughes was declared sober at the hospital to which he was taken after the accident. The attending doctor however made a note that Hughes had indeed been drinking. A witness to the accident told police that Hughes was driving erratically and too fast, and that Meyer had been standing in the safety zone of a streetcar stop. Hughes was booked on suspicion of negligent homicide and was detained overnight in jail until his lawyer got a release pending a Coroner's inquest. By the...
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