1940: Death of F. Scott Fitzgerald
On Dec. 21, 1940, the winter solstice, Scott Fitzgerald suffered a fatal heart attack in the apartment of the British-born gossip columnist, Sheilah Graham, at 1443 N. Hayworth Ave. [map], just south of Sunset Blvd.
In his prime, Scott and his wife Zelda were part of the Lost Generation of literary set and spent time in Paris in the 1920s, along with with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. He died in West Hollywood, however, in Graham’s apartment, a fact which proved to be awkward because he was still married to Zelda.
Scott and Sheilah had been in love and sharing digs for three years, although Scott also maintained an apartment a block east, at 1403 N. Laurel Ave. [map] (where his next-door neighbors was another couple living in sin, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz).
Fitzgerald had a history of heart problems. In November 1940, Scott suffered a nonfatal heart attack earlier at Schwab’s, reportedly while he was standing in line to buy cigarettes. He died a month later in Sheilah’s living room.
October 24, 2013 at 6:02 am
The whole story is spelled out in Beloved Fidel and then played in the film by Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr. Haunting to see Scott as a drunk, has-been, Norma Desmond castigating waitresses for daring to not know about his former glory. They were too young to know and couldn’t have cared less.
May 1, 2021 at 4:49 am
Beloved Infidel is the name of the book. And Fitzgerald was not a has been. He was paying everything for Zelda’s sanitarium care for decades, for her schizophrenia, as well as his daughter’ Scottie’s education.