Happy birthday to novelist, socialite, and flapper extraordinaire Zelda Fitzgerald. The Jazz Age icon, remembered most for her wild antics and tumultuous relationship with partner and author F. Scott Fitzgerald, wrote the semi-autobiographical novel Save Me the Waltz. Since her death in 1948, the “proto-Manic Pixie Dream Girl” remains a much mythologized figure whose creative contributions are often overlooked for those of her husband. For her 116th birthday, however, we’re keeping things light by looking at Fitzgerald’s life in photographs — and especially those times she definitely had more fun than you.
That time she owned a prize-winning police dog named Fritz.
That time she snuggled an adorable cat.
That time she got flowers and you didn’t.
That time she was a flapper and posed with a cigarette that she probably rolled herself.
That time she wore fur, plaid, and flowers all at once.
That time she was a ballerina-fairy in a flower garden.
That time she went en pointe.
That time she made a tulle skirt and hat look like the next big thing.
That time she honeymooned with socks up to there.
That time she was a bathing beauty.
That time she took the Marmon on a road trip with bae.
That time she looked hella fine right out of the water.
That time she had legs for days and chilled on the beach in a polka-dot bathing suit with daughter Scottie.
That time her pearls were the main attraction.
That time her finger waves were fierce af.
That time she wore a fringe cape that you wish you could pull off.
That time she looked like the captain of F. Scott’s heart.
That time she was a back seat driver and didn’t give a damn.
That time she pulled off this low-key I-didn’t-notice-you-standing-there-ready-to-take-my-picture pose.
That time she clowned around.