Bringing Back Bungalow 8: Zelda's Reign

by Rachelle Hruska · October 3, 2008

    [Zelda's Bday thrown by Patrick McMullan. Photos by PMc]

    In continuing with our Bungalow 8 revival, we decided to re-post on our favorite character from the place, Zelda. Zelda has come up in more than one memory email regarding Bungalow.  Lohan, Paris, Spears....all amateurs, none come close to competing with the reign of Zelda Kaplan, New York City's 91 year old party-girl. She's also a socialite, humanitarian, designer, seamstress, and most reliable promoter around. From Sacco to Mulholland, everyone that's anyone wants to have Zelda at their party. And chances are she will be there at least once during the week. Talk about an empire, this woman's presence is downright magical.

    While the other girls are trying to get Patrick McMullan to document their birthday parties, Zelda is having hers actually THROWN by the guy (her latest one is pictured above). Village Voice editors spent one night with her and literally couldn't keep up. She never wakes before 2am, likes younger people because they don't complain about health, and hates when girls wear jeans out saying, "they look like such clones!". She also never thought that she would make it past her 70's. Well she's definitely made it, and has done it in style while raising the bar through the roof, making 90 the new 25. Because of Zelda, now we know that life won't be over when we "grow up" and we love her for that.

    “I think one of the things that keeps me healthy is that I’m not introspective at all. The secret is being interested in things outside of oneself.”

    -As quoted in NY magazine's Profile on the Legend.

    [Zelda Still Alive And Kicking] [The Queen's Reign]