Casting news I can get behind: The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Jennifer Lawrence is teaming with Ron Howard to bring Nancy Milford’s brilliant biography of Zelda Fitzgerald to the big screen. The biopic about the Jazz Age icon centers on Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his indispensable muse and fiercest competitor.
Desperate to define herself through her own art, the film explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals?
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, society wild-child Zelda Fitzgerald was dubbed by her husband as “the first American Flapper,” but her life descended into madness (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia).
I predict Oscars all around!
Fun fact (that I learned from Nancy’s book): Zelda’s drink of choice was Coca-Cola spiked with ammonia. CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Also of note: The free-spirited, but ultimately unbalanced Zelda died in a mental institution. On March 10, 1948, a fire started in the hospital’s kitchen. Zelda had been scheduled for an electroshock therapy session and was sedated and locked in a waiting room. The fire spread through the floors of the building via the dumbwaiter shaft, and Zelda was killed along with eight other women. She was 47.
Below: 32 of my favorite Zelda Fitzgerald quotes: