Billionaire playboy Howard Hughes pursued Ava Gardner, among many other women. Although Gardner famously refused to be another one of Hughes' trophy women, they remained close friends until his death in 1976.
Howard Hughes ~ 1930's. Hughes was first known for his wealth and for producing/directing movies in the '30s. He had a playboy lifestyle and love of aviation. After a plane accident in 1946, he became very reclusive. Hughes lived mostly in a Las Vegas hotel suite had extremely little human contact in his last 25 years