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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

In the 2008 film, the name of Benjamin’s love interest is not Hildegarde, but rather Daisy – perhaps an homage to the leading and unattainable lady of The Great Gatsby.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a big fan of Edith Wharton. When she invited him over to tea, he got drunk and told inappropriate, licentious stories. Edith wrote in her diary that it was "awful." (Source)

F. Scott Fitzgerald was named after a relative, Francis Scott Key – the guy who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner." He also named his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. (Source)

In Paris, Fitzgerald became good friends with Ernest Hemingway, who admired him greatly. (Source: Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast)

Before the director and cast were finalized for the 2008 film, John Travolta was considered for the role of Benjamin Button and Ron Howard for director. (Source)

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