|Portrayed by||Lois Wilson|
|Residence||East Egg, Long Island, United States|
Daisy Buchanan (née Fay) is Nick Carraway’s second cousin once removed, and the woman Jay Gatsby loves. During World War I, she fell in love with Gatsby and promised to wait for him. She appeares as a supporting character and later hidden antagonist in the book and film adaptions
Daisy Fay was born in 1899 to a wealthy family in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1917, 18-year-old Daisy was extremely popular among the military officers stationed near her home, including Jay Gatsby. Gatsby lied about his background to Daisy, claiming to be from a wealthy family in order to convince her that he was worthy of her. Eventually, Gatsby won Daisy’s heart, and they slept together before Gatsby left to fight in the war. Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby, but in 1919 she chose instead to marry Tom Buchanan, a young man from a solid, aristocratic family who could promise her a wealthy lifestyle and who had the support of her parents. She was pretending to be innocent. She was seductive because of her voice, which Gatsby described as "full of money". Daisy is a wealthy woman who lives in East Egg with Tom Buchanan.
Daisy is characterized as shallow, careless, as well as cheerful at times. However, there is a deeper side to her. For one, she makes sardonic comments, proving that she is not as ignorant as she portrays herself to be. Her sardonic comments stem from the hurt she feels, knowing Tom has several chicks outside so he cheats on Daisy. It is unclear whether Daisy really loved Gatsby (she claims to have), but her indecisiveness, or as some see it- intentionally letting misinformation to stay misinformation, (in)directly lead to the death of Gatsby. Daisy has a daughter named Pammy, but often leaves her with a care taker. Even so, she does show some care for her daughter when she tells Nick Carraway "I'm glad it's a girl and I hope she'll be a fool. That's the best thing a girl can ever be in this world, a beautiful little fool.", showing that she does not want her daughter to know too many things about the world, it's better if she stays ignorant and shallow, like Daisy tries to be.
- The Great Gatsby (1926) Played by Lois Wilson
- The Great Gatsby (1949) Played by Betty Field
- The Great Gatsby (1974) Played by Mia Farrow
- The Great Gatsby (2000) Played by Mira Sorvino
- The Great Gatsby (2013) Played by Carey Mulligan