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would spend up to eight hours a day
practicing. The Royal Ballet of Italy
invited her to dance in 1928, but she
declined the offer.
In the book "Zelda: An Illustrated
Life," her daughter, Scottie, is quoted as saying, "It was my mother's
misfortune to be born with the ability to write, to dance and to paint
and then never to have acquired the
discipline to make her talent work
for, rather than against her."
Zelda suffered her first mental
breakdown in 1930 in Paris. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she spent
time at a variety of mental health institutions overseas and in the U.S. as
she hoped for a solution to save her
from her mental demons.
She found therapy in writing
short stories and spent five months
producing a novel, "Save Me the
Waltz," which was published in
1932. Reviews of the book were
On the evening of March 10, 1948, flames lit up the night sky as a fire devoured the Central Building
at Asheville's Highland Hospital, claiming the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and eight other women.
photo Courtesy of North CaroliNa ColleCtioN at paCk MeMorial library, asheville, N.C.
com/Fitzgerald to read
Ray Hardee's original
1989 story about F.
Scott Fitzgerald's time
at Asheville, North
Carolina's Grove Park Inn
in 1935 and 1936.
was young and sent her to a boarding school in Connecticut when she
In 1924, with money becoming tighter, they moved to France.
Friends had told them it was more
economical to live there. While
Scott worked on "The Great Gatsby," Zelda turned her focus to painting.
She loved creating on canvas
as well as writing stories. She also
craved attention and developed
a romance with a French aviator
named Edouard Jozan while Scott
was preoccupied with his novel.
Whether the two actually had a sexual relationship is up for debate, but
the association did produce a great
deal of jealousy in Scott, and further
strained their marriage.
When Zelda was 27 years old,
she turned her attention to becoming a professional ballet dancer. She
immersed herself into dance and