Monday, October 24, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence to star as Zelda Fitzgerald

Jennifer Lawrence to star as Jazz Age icon Zelda Fitzgerald
Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with director Ron Howard ("In the Heart of the Sea") for a biopic focused on the life of Jazz Age icon Zelda Fitzgerald. The screenplay is adapted by Emma Frost ("The White Queen") based on Nancy Milford's book "Zelda" and the film will be produced by Allison Shearmur ("The Hunger Games") and Brian Oliver ("Hacksaw Ridge").

Zelda Fitzgerald was a troubled socialite, novelist, painter and the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their marriage was marred by infidelity, obsession, wild drinking, and recriminations. Scott based a lot of his work on his wife's personality and the author himself admitted that the character Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby" was inspired by her. In 1930 she was admitted to a sanatorium in France where she was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. While being treated at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Zelda wrote a novel, "Save Me the Waltz" that was a semi-autobiographical account of the Fitzgeralds' marriage. She died in the Highland Hospital fire of 1948.

Here is the synopsis for Milford's book "Zelda":
"Zelda Sayre started out as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, they rode the crest of the era to its collapse and their own.

As a result of years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent."


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