Historical records matching Frances Scott Fitzgerald
About Frances Scott Fitzgerald
The only child of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald was a writer, a journalist (for The Washington Post and The New Yorker among others), and a prominent member of the United States Democratic Party.
She was born on October 26, 1921 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her mother supposedly remarked upon her birth that she hoped she would be a "beautiful little fool." In The Great Gatsby (1925), Daisy Buchanan says this at the birth of her daughter.
Scottie and her first husband, Samuel Jackson (Jack) Lanahan were popular hosts in Washington in the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, she wrote musical comedies about the Washington social scene which were performed annually to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Washington. Her show Onward and Upward with the Arts was considered for a Broadway run by director David Merrick.
Scottie had four children with her first husband, the eldest of whom, known as Tim, committed suicide at age 27. Eleanor Lanahan (known as Bobbie), an artist and writer, is the author of the biography, Scottie, The Daughter of . . . : The Life of Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan Smith, published in 1995.
Her second marriage to Grove Smith ended in divorce in 1979; they had been living separate lives for years. Scottie had moved earlier to her mother Zelda's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama; though she traveled more than she stayed there, she became a beloved and well-known part of the community.
The only child of Zelda Fitzgerald and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, she was a writer and a journalist and a prominent member of the U.S. Democratic Party. Her mother supposedly remarked upon her birth that she was glad to have borne a girl and that she hoped she would be a "beautiful little fool." In her father's novel, "The Great Gatsby" (1925), Daisy Buchanan says this of her young daughter. She is the subject of the biography, "Scottie, The Daughter of . . . : The Life of Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan Smith," which was written by her daughter Eleanor Lanahan.