March 29, 2021
In Good Company: WNC’s Famous Residents Past and Present
Asheville has always been a popular spot for celebrities. Famous people have been spotted in our city for concerts or to film movies nearby, but did you know it has a long history as home to several well-known names? Let’s take a closer look at people who have been drawn to our mountains in the past and present.
Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald
You can’t mention famous people in Asheville without including Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The couple encapsulated the Roaring Twenties and spent quite a bit of time in Asheville. However, their time in our town wasn’t always happy. They lived for two summers in the historic Grove Park Inn, but it was a dark time in their history. Zelda’s connection to Asheville runs much more profound as she lived in Highland Hospital for 12 years, ultimately dying in a fire there in 1948. March 10th has been designated Zelda Fitzgerald Day in Asheville.
The late Harry Anderson made a more joyful mark on the history of Asheville. This magician turned sit-com actor is best known for his time as Judge Harry Stone on Night Court. He and his wife moved from New Orleans to Asheville in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina and lived north of downtown. Harry Anderson passed away in his home in 2018 after suffering a stroke. His quiet presence in our town is missed.
Steve Martin, who is still very much alive, also has a home in the WNC area. He has a house in Brevard, just 45 minutes south of Asheville. His home here isn’t the only connection to Asheville. Martin has played banjo with a local bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, wrote a musical set in Asheville called One Bright Star. He recorded the music at Echo Mountain Studio located downtown. Martin also recorded the song “When You get to Asheville” with his One Bright Star collaborator, Edie Brickell.
One of Asheville’s most famous residents these days is the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight. While she was born in Atlanta, Knight calls Fairview home today. She purchased her mountain retreat in 2007. Gladys lives a quiet life here with her husband. Why did she move from city life to the country? She credits her marriage to a man born and raised in Western North Carolina with turning her into a country girl.
You’re in good company when you live in Western North Carolina. Do you want to make this area your home? Call the team at GoPrime Mortgage of West Asheville to learn more today. Do you want to know about the process to apply for a mortgage? GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville is here to help. Call us today at 828-348-1907 –Zachery Adam at GoPrime Mortgage in West Asheville.
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