Frances Kroll Ring dies at 99; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final secretary


I was lucky enough to meet Frances this past January and thank her for her memoir, Against the Current, which helped me a great deal.  At 98 she was still pithy, and loved telling stories about how working with Fitzgerald was an education.

– Stewart O’Nan

Frances Kroll Ring, one of the last living links to novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, died Thursday, her family said. She was 99 and died at home in Benedict Canyon after a short illness.

Ring began working as Fitzgerald’s secretary and typist in 1939, when he was sending out short stories, working occasionally for Hollywood studios and writing the manuscript “The Love of the Last Tycoon.”


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