Frances Scott Fitzgerald

Frances Scott Fitzgerald

Daughter of writers Francis Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Date of Birth: 26.10.1921
Country: USA

Francis Scott 'Scottie' Fitzgerald: Biography

Francis Scott 'Scottie' Fitzgerald, the daughter of writers Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, was born in 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Both of Scottie's parents were literary stars, with her father gaining fame with his first novel, "This Side of Paradise." Her mother, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, also wrote stories and later became a novelist.

During Scottie's early years, her parents' marriage was plagued by constant scandals, which were widely covered by the press. However, they remained together. It is said that Zelda expressed hopes that Scottie would grow up to be a "beautiful fool." However, Scottie did not fulfill her mother's expectations.

Scottie herself became a writer and journalist, contributing to publications such as the Washington Post and The New Yorker. She was also an active member of the Democratic Party of the United States. Alongside her first husband, Samuel Jackson 'Jack' Lanahan, Scottie was a popular hostess in Washington during the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, she wrote several successful musical comedies, and her show "Onward and Upward with the Arts" was performed on Broadway under the direction of David Merrick.

Scottie and Jack had four children, but tragically, their oldest son, Tim, died by suicide at the age of 27. Their daughter, Eleanor Lanahan, known as Bobbie, became an artist and writer. She authored the biographical book "Scottie, The Daughter of...: The Life of Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan Smith," published in 1995 after Scottie's death.

After her divorce from Jack, Scottie married Grove Smith. They also divorced in 1979 after several years of separation. Scottie then moved to Montgomery, Alabama, her mother's hometown. Although she spent most of her time traveling, she was loved and respected in Montgomery and became an important figure in the city's social life.

Scottie Fitzgerald passed away at the age of 64 on June 16, 1986. In 1992, she was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.