Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History
Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History

Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History

Khalid Elhassan - January 20, 2021

Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History
Jane Greer, center, modeling a Women’s Army Corps (WAC) uniform in 1942. KHOU

29. The Creepy Tycoon Who Signed a Teenager to a “Personal Contract”

Jane Greer’s mother, who worked for the War Department, saw to it that her daughter was one of three young women chosen to model uniforms for the new Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1942. When her modeling appeared in the June 8, 1942, issue of Life magazine, many across the country were smitten, including Howard Hughes. The eccentric tycoon liked collecting people – especially beautiful women – like normal folk collect stamps. So he signed the teenaged model to a personal contract.

Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History
Howard Hughes in the 1940s. Pintrest

“Personal contract” was as creepy as it sounds. Soon after she signed, Hughes told the teenager that he never wanted her to marry anyone. At first, that was no problem for the inexperienced Greer, who initially liked Hughes. As she put it years later: “I found him rather endearing, like a child. His idea was to go to the amusement park … He won a large collection of Kewpie dolls for me”. When Greer welcomed the attentions of other men, however, Hughes’ jerk side came out.

Exposing Some of the Meanest and Pettiest Men in History

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