F. Scott Fitzgerald was the famous author of The Great Gatsby and other novels chronicling fast life in the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald, an Army officer, met Zelda Sayre, a Montgomery, Ala. debutante, at a dance in 1918. They married soon after.
As Scott Fitzgerald became more famous, the two were caught up in the hectic social world that surrounds beautiful, young celebrities. Their frequent drinking bouts stressed their marriage and fed Zelda’s growing mental instability.
In 1936, Zelda entered Highland Hospital in Asheville for treatment of schizophrenia, never to leave. Scott stayed in Asheville for a while before moving to Hollywood to write movie scripts. He died of a heart attack in 1940. Eight years later, Zelda died in Asheville when fire destroyed the Highland Hospital.
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