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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Zelda Fitzgerald

Throwback Thursday and Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald was the wife and muse of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was born in Montgomery Alabama on July 24, 1900. As a daughter of a prominent judge who served on the Supreme Court of Alabama, she grew up living a life of privilege.

Her marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald was a rocky one, but due to his success with his book This Side of Paradise, they became celebrities during all the excesses of the Roaring Twenties. However, their spending habits were excessive and they were soon forced to leave the US for France, where they heard they could live more cheaply. Here F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby and Zelda took up painting.

A little known part of Zelda’s life was ballet. In 1925 she became fascinated with it, and began taking lessons in Paris. By 1927 she decided to become a professional dancer. According to an article in https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/zelda-fitzgeralds-ballet-years : “In a few years, Zelda had danced herself into an obsession, and mental illness erupted through the cracks of her physically exhausted body.”

In 1930 Zelda was diagnosed with schizophrenia and from then on spent her life in and out of mental institutions. In 1944 F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack and on March 10, 1948, Zelda died in a tragic fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #122:
“Zelda Fitzgerald decided to become a professional ballet dancer at age 27.”

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“I am really only myself when I'm somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.”
― Zelda Fitzgerald

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