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Subject: Yes, and "schtupping" her with impunity! He started dated her at 15!! ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, April 04, 05:49:58pm
In reply to: Does that mean he was schtupping her? 's message, ""Protege of Howard Hughes"" on Thursday, April 04, 04:56:09pm

...While a sophomore at West L.A.'s University High School, Faith Domergue signed a contract with Warner Bros., and made her first on-screen appearance with an uncredited walk-on role in Blues in the Night" (1941). After graduating in 1942, Domergue continued to pursue a career in acting, but after sustaining injuries in a near-fatal car accident, her plans were put on hold. While recuperating from the accident, she attended a party aboard Howard Hughes' yacht. Enamored with her, Hughes 36, bought out her contract with Warner Brothers, signed her to a three-picture deal with RKO.

Howard Hughes dated a 15-year old named Faith Domergue on Memorial Day who briefly rescued him from this well of paranoia and self-pity. She was the most beautiful of a pack of Warner Brothers starlets invited to decorate an industry cruise on the Southern Cross. Hughes singled her out instantly, curious about this graceful teenager with raven hair, hypnotic dark eyes, and a shyness that matched Hughes’s own. As the party broke up, Hughes insisted upon driving her home in a battered Buick, in which Faith immediately fell asleep. Domergue, known to all her friends as Faith Dorn, was enchanted with this man, even though at thirty-six, he was just a year younger than her father. Hughes extended an invitation to a weekend house party in Palm Springs. He swept her off to a sprawling ranch in the desert, initiating a dazzling courtship and a mutual obsession that would stretch across five turbulent years in which Hughes would exert iron-fisted control of both Faith Domergue’s personal and professional existence. Their early phase was giddy with romance. They flew to the Salton Sea and they cruised the commercial “millionaires row” in Palm Springs, where she left the boutiques with towering boxes of clothes. On October 19, after a gala at the Palm Springs Racquet Club, Howard led Faith out ont a terrace. “I love you, Faith,” Howard said. “I want to marry you.” He put a diamond engagement ring in her hand. On Monday morning, Domergue danced onto the Warner Brothers lot with the diamond on the third finger of her left hand. Late that afternoon Louella Parsons informed the rest of the world in her column. Hughes purchased Faith’s seven-year contract from a cagey Jack Warner, who took advantage of the publicity and charged $50,000, and acquired her representation pact from her agent, Henry Willson, at the Zeppo Marx Agency.

Actress Kelli Garner as Faith Domergue in 2004's "The Aviator", seen here with Leonardo DiCaprio as 'Hughes'. ...

“Suddenly, my professional and emotional future were completely in his hands,” Domergue recalled. Every morning a Hughes limousine collected Domergue and delivered her to a series of teachers and tutors at 7000 Romaine Street, Hughes’s Hollywood headquarters. “Faith was Howard’s most enduring obsession,” recalled Noah Dietrich. “He would have done almost anything to keep her with him.” In fact, her problem was his unfaithfulness. From the start of the relationship, Hughes had been dating the foremost sex symbols of this new wartime Hollywood era. He would eventually romance Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and Ava Gardner, showering all of them with flashy nights at Caraways and the Mocambo, weekends at the Palm Springs Racquet Club, and shopping expeditions. Hughes had escorted a gorgeously gowned Ava to Frances Langford’s opening at the Cocoanut Grove. Hughes was startled to see Faith’s roadster coming up in the distance. Driving a sleek, metal-gray Cadillac belonging to Hughes Aircraft, Hughes picked up speed and headed down Fairfax Avenue toward Farmer’s Market. But Faith recognized his car and gunned the roadster’s engine. Hughes felt her small car hump the back of his town car. Faith swerved around the side of his car, matching his speed. Now she got a good look at Ava Gardner, her dark hair piled on her head and held in place by a matching pair of diamond clips (gift from Howard). Hughes glanced down and was alarmed by the look on Domergue’s face. He squealed into the parking lot at Farmer’s Market and slowed down. Faith deliberately backed up her roadster and floored the gas pedal, crashing repeatedly into the passenger’s door. Gardner screamed. “Poor Ava bounced up and down in her seat,” Domergue recalled years later. After she discovered that Hughes was also seeing Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner, the couple broke up in 1943. She later wrote a book about the experience, titled "My Life with Howard Hughes" (1972).

In 1946, Domergue married bandleader Teddy Stauffer. The marriage lasted six months, ending in 1947. That same year, she married director Hugo Fregonese with whom she had two children, Diana Maria (b. 1949) and John Anthony (b. 1951). The couple divorced in 1958. In 1966, she married Paolo Cossa, with whom she remained until his death in 1992. As Faith M. Cossa, she moves to Santa Barbara and lives there with her daughter Diana, until Faith's death in April, 4, 1999, at age 74 from cancer.

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Age of Consent was lower back then (NT)It's currently 16 in a bunch of statesFriday, April 05, 12:36:49pm
The math doesn't work here. She wasn't 15 when he "dated" her. She was 18 in 1942 when they met and already out of high school.Some people look for scandal where there is none.Friday, April 05, 02:13:37pm

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