She was wonderful. She really was.
Zelda was born to an old Southern family in 1900, as if she was designed to usher in the new century. Even as a child she demonstrated the kind of moxy that would single her out as the flapper prototype. Do you want to know what a fun kid she was? She would dial the police station and tell them that there was a child in serious danger on the roof of a building. Then she would climb up to the roof and wait for the fire truck to come so they could rescue her and she could ride around in it.
She also used to steal her parent’s car and take it for joyrides. At 8.
The rest of her youth was dominated by ballet lessons, though she found time for scandal during her teen years where she insisted on going swimming in a nude bathing suit that made her look naked at the beach. She was popular, and well liked, and supposedly could get away with those things only because she came from such a good, old family. At her debutante party she described herself as being “so full of confetti I could give birth to paper dolls.”
That is such a good line. And she really was.
No wonder Scott fell in love with her.