In 1935 Lane Carter, a reporter for the Birmingham News, interviewed F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the interview Scottie appeared “wearing dark blue crepe de chine [thin silk fabric] and looking as if she had dressed for church”. Scott did not approve of this.
Her father gave her a long, critical, stern, disgusted look and demanded, “Where did you get that snootful?*
Scottie stood with chin proudly raised, looking straight before her, and didn’t answer.
I detected no evidence of any “snootful”.
Fitzgerald directed her to “go clean up your room”.
“They go out and dance all morning,” he explained to me in disgust after she departed. This judgement of the younger generation from the historian of the Jazz Age and exponent of the flapper I found amusing.
Since Scott did go out drinking and dancing all night when he was younger. I understand his concern, that he wanted her to be the best at school and not let friends and boys distract her, but he was being a bit hypocritical. He wasn’t the best role model as he never finished school and had such bad grades at Princeton that he had to leave. Scottie would have been around 14 here so who knows if she had really gone out dancing all night or not.
*Snootful means a significant amount of alcohol to get drunk. I’m not sure what it means in this context though.
Scott wrote this in his journal in 1935 under the heading “Unclassified”.
Scottie the Daughter of by Eleanor Lanahan, pg 72-73
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCY: actress, television pioneer, model, icon
Aug. 6, 1911 - forever
She was such an amazing clown, we sometimes forget she was also such a beauty. Ball went from bombshell to grande dame, but she never relinquished her crown as the all-time queen of comedy.