Both Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald believed themselves to be failures when they died, but shortly after their death interest in the couple resurged. The legend of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the golden couple of the Jazz Age, continues to inspire through the many works of art they inspired.
“Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?”― Zelda Fitzgerald
Zelda's name served as inspiration for , the eponymous character of the series of video games. Series co-creator explained, "[Fitzgerald] was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first title." New York City's borough of Manhattan's Battery Park's resident wild turkey (d. 2014) was also named after her, because according to legend during one of Fitzgerald's , she went missing and was found in Battery Park, apparently having walked several miles downtown. Of Zelda's legacy in popular culture, biographer Cline wrote, "Recently myth has likened Zelda to those other twentieth-century icons, and . With each she shares a defiance of convention, intense vulnerability, doomed beauty, unceasing struggle for a serious identity, short tragic life and quite impossible nature." In 1989, the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum opened in Montgomery, Alabama. The museum is in a house they briefly rented in 1931 and 1932. The museum is one of the few places where some of Zelda's paintings are kept on display.