F Scott Fitzgerald signed letter to Lois Moran RE: marriage to Clarence Young

F. Scott Fitzgerald typed signed letter to actress Lois Moran regarding her recent marriage to Clarence Young.

Dimensions 8.5" by 11". Three page letter signed "Your Chattel" by Mr. Fitzgerald. Envelope addressed to "Mrs. Clarence Young" in San Francisco.


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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby (his most famous), and Tender Is The Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald's work has been adapted into films many times. His short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was the basis for a 2008 film. In addition, Fitzgerald's own life from 1937 to 1940 was dramatized in 1958 in Beloved Infidel.

Lois Moran (March 1, 1909 - July 13, 1990) was an American film actress. She was born Lois Darlington Dowlin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and died in Sedona, Arizona. Moran appeared in a couple of silent movies in the early 1920s and is probably best known for her role as Laurel Dallas, daughter of the title role in the 1925 film Stella Dallas. She also had a brief affair with writer F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was married to Zelda Fitzgerald. He once remarked that she was "The most beautiful girl in Hollywood". She was also an inspiration for the character of Rosemary Hoyt in Fitzgerald's novel Tender is the Night (1934). In 1935, she married Clarence M. Young, Secretary of Commerce, and retired from Hollywood.

Clarence M. Young (July 24, 1889 - April 10, 1973) was a World War I pilot, Vice President of Pan American Airways and Secretary of Commerce under President Herbert Hoover. He began his flying career in World War I as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. After being shot down over Austria, he was captured and became a prisoner of war for five months. Following the war, he became the director of Aeronautics at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce from 1926 to 1929. From 1929 to 1933, he served as the department's secretary of commerce. In 1934 Young began his 25 year career with Pan American Airways, rising from manager of the Transpacific Division (1934-1945) to Vice President (1950-1959). Young received the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award by the Board of Directors of the National Aeronautic Association in 1956.