Lois Moran was, briefly, an actress in silent films. But she is better known for the literary character she inspired: the vivacious red-headed starlet Rosemary Hoyt in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald became enamored with Moran, whom he called the most ‘beautiful girl in Hollywood,’ and carried on an intense affair with her. Fitzgerald’s own wife, Zelda, had been in and out of sanitoriums for the better part of 4 years by the time the book was published, and the aching lust that protagonist Dick Diver has for the scintillating Rosemary, is textbook sublimation.
Judging from these sultry George Hurrell shots, it isn’t hard to see why.