Lois Moran was a silent film actresses. She was born on March 4, 1909 and died July 13, 1990. Not too much is known about her. Her career began in 1921. She met Scott Fitzgerald around 1926 when she was 17. On this website the author says that Moran was 20 when she met Fitzgerald in 1927. If she was 20 when they met it would have to be 1929. Every source I have read has put his age at 30 which would have been in 1926. So I believe they met in 1926 when she was 17, plus Rosemary Hoyt (will talk about that later) was 17. But either way they met when she was much younger than him.
Scott said that she was “the most beautiful girl in Hollywood.” They had a brief affair. Most people believe that they had a sexual relationship, but Moran said in 1988 that Scott never even kissed her. What is clear is that Scott had at least an emotional affair with Moran. Zelda was so incensed about Moran that she threw a wristwatch that Scott had given to her out a train window. He based the character of Rosemary Hoyt in Tender is the Night. This is the description that Scott gives of Rosemary.
She had magic in her pink palms and her cheeks lit to a lovely flame, […] Her fine forehead sloped gently up to where her hair, [..] burst into love locks and waves and curlicues of ash blonde and gold. Her eyes were bright, big, clear, wet, and shining, the color of her cheeks was real, breaking close to the surface from the strong young pump of her heart. Her body hovered delicately on the last edge of childhood—she was almost eighteen, nearly complete, but the dew was still on her.
That seems to me like a man in love. Whether or not they had a physical relationship Scott was not being truthful to Zelda. You don’t write like that about someone without imagining their body. He goes into so much detail, like a lover would. But their relationship was short lived.
Moran, like many silent film actors, never made the jump from silent films to “talkies”. She married Clarence M. Young (the Secretary of Commerce) in 1935. After that she retired from acting.