26 February 2014
Fun Facts! (Zelda Fitzgerald)
1. She was born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama in 1900.
2. Her parents did not approve of Scott F. Fitzgerald because he was penniless and unpublished.
3. Scott F. Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise to win her hand in marriage.
4. She was seen as Scott’s sidekick at parties, and was dubbed the “original flapper” as she was an embodiment of the jazz age and its luxurious lifestyle.
5. Zelda once jumped into a fountain in Union Square fully clothed, which added to her “wild-child” reputation.
6. She had many affairs with men outside her marriage with Scott, as she and Scott began to try to outdo each other with their flirtation and partners.
7. Zelda had a daughter named Frances Fitzgerald, nicknamed Scottie, with Scott.
8. She developed an intense passion for ballet during her marriage, travelling to Switzerland for lessons.
9. She wrote the novel Save Me the Waltz and painted throughout her lifetime, while helping Scott with his creative ventures and giving him ideas for his books.
10. Zelda was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1930, with her mental degeneration having been noted throughout her life.
11. She died in a fire that consumed the mental hospital she was being treated at in 1948, at age 47.
Zelda Fitzgerald was a wife and a mother, a flapper and a socialite, and a woman who was immortalized through her husband’s works and her own actions, living through the generations as a symbol of the twenties and its decadence (jhu.edu). An accurate representation of what the decade represented, from its frivolousness to its shift toward modernism, Zelda served as a model for many women at the time. Her effect on the era transcends her true qualities, as the persona she built through her outrageous activities and behavior became the inspiration for the public, leaving much of her private life untouched (lib.unc.edu). Daisy, a character in The Great...