List of people from Ridgefield, Connecticut

Notable people, past and present who have lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut or are closely associated with the town, listed by area in which they are best known:

Authors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters

*Jessica Auerbach, novelist
*Silvio A. Bedini (b.1917), retired Smithsonian Institution curator, author, born and raised in Ridgefield
*Robert Daley, author
*Howard Fast, novelist [ [http://jackfsanders.tripod.com/A-F.htm] "Notable Ridgefielders" A-F page, at Jack Sanders' Web site about Ridgefield history]
*Ira Joe Fisher, CBS weatherman and poet ("Some Holy Weight in the Village Air") [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0279542/bio] Internet Movie DataBase Web site, Web page titled "Biography for Ira Joe Fisher" accessed August 20, 2006]
*Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985), poet, critic and translator, and his wife Sally called Ridgefield home and many sources repeat the assertion, though their residence was located in neighboring ]
*Tom Gilroy, a screenwriter, actor and film producer, graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1978
*Max Gunther (d. 1978), author
*Roger Kahn, author ("The Boys of Summer", 1972)
*Irene Kampen (1923-1998), novelist and journalist whose "Life without George" inspired The Lucy Show
*Richard Kluger, author whose works include 1997 Pulitzer winner, ""
*Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), playwright, ambassador, politician, and wife of Henry Luce
*John Ames Mitchell (1844-1918), novelist, founder of Life magazine
*Matt Merullo former baseball player and scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks
*Allan Nevins (1891-1971) the only writer to win the Pulitzer prize for historical biography twice (on Grover Cleveland and Hamilton Fish)
*Flannery O'Connor, writer often said to have lived in town when she was a boarder of Robert Fitzgerald's from 1949-1951, although Fitzgerald actually lived in neighboring Redding.
*Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, owned "Brook Farm" on North Salem Road from 1922 to 1927
*Cornelius J. Ryan (d. 1974), author of "A Bridge Too Far"
*Mark Salzman, author and actor who wrote about the town in his novel, "Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia"
*Richard Scarry, children's author
*Maurice Sendak, author and artist best known for "Where the Wild Things Are" [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/14/realestate/14LIVI.html?ei=5070&en=dd2a1974d3c109c1&ex=1156996800&pagewanted=print&position=] "Where Americana and Aesthetics Mingle," article by Lisa Prevost, part of series "If You're Thinking of Living In" in the Real Estate section of "The New York Times", March 14, 2004, accessed August 29, 2006 "Current residents include Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator; Harvey Fierstein, the actor and playwright; and Roz Chast, the New Yorker cartoonist."]
*Robert Lewis Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist ("The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters", 1959)
*Alvin Toffler, futurist, author
*Thomas Walsh (d. 1984), mystery writer
*Max Wilk, author
*Howard Roughan, author of "The Up and Comer" and "The Promise of a Lie"
*Bari Wood, author of horror books

Actors, others in the dramatic arts

(See above for playwrights and screen writers. For composers for films and the stage, see "Singers, musicians, composers" below.)
*David Cassidy, actor and singer
*Ralph Edwards, producer and host of television show "Truth or Consequences"
*Chris Elliott, actor, comedian, author
*Harvey Fierstein, actor and playwright (current resident)
*Walter Hampden, late actor
*Carolyn Kepcher, who appeared on the NBC show "The Apprentice" and ran Donald Trump's golf course in Briarcliff, N.Y. until she was fired in August 2006 (current resident)
*Cyril Ritchard, actor; played Captain Hook alongside Mary Martin in "Peter Pan," staged live for television
*Erland Van Lidth de Jeude (d. 1987), actor ("Terror," "The Wanderers," and "Stir Crazy")
*Robert Vaughn, actor ("Man From U.N.C.L.E", "The Hustler") (current resident)
*Grant Rosenmeyer, actor in Oliver Beene and The Royal Tenenbaums

ingers, musicians, composers

*Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso,lived on Pumping Station Road when the House Un-American Activities Committee was investigating him.
*Judy Collins, Grammy-award wining folk singer (current resident)
*Aaron Copland lived on Limestone Road just after World War II and wrote a good portion of his Third Symphony, which includes the "Fanfare for the Common Man" movement, while there. [A Library of Congress biography of Copland includes a photograph of him raking leaves at his Ridgefield home in 1946. See [http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0011/copland.html Library of Congress] ]
*Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), who, despite being blind, wrote more than 8,000 hymns, including "Blessed Assurance" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," lived as a child at the corner of Main Street and Branchville Road.
*Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967), Metropolitan Opera soprano in the early 20th Century, lived on West Lane and later, New Street, where she died.
*Andrew Gold is a singer, songwriter, and musician who lived on St. Johns Road.
*Jim Lowe sang the 1956 top hit song, The Green Door, and went on to be a popular disc jockey and radio host. He lived at Twin Ridge in the 1970s.
*Vaclav Nelhybel (1919-1996), prolific composer of symphonies, ballets, and band music, lived on Lake Road from 1968 to 1973.
*Alex North (1910-1991), film composer and 12-time Academy Award nominee whose scores include "A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), "Death of a Salesman" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952), "Spartacus" (1960), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1968), and "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987). Won an Emmy for the score to "Rich Man, Poor Man" in 1976. He lived on Great Hill Road from 1950 until the early 1960s.
*Noel Regney, pianist, who wrote the popular Christmas song, "Do Your Hear What I Hear." His wife, Gloria Shayne, wrote the music.
*Jay David Saks, music producer who has won at least seven Grammys and two Emmys (current resident).
*Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist ("Godspell," "Pippin," "Wicked")(current resident)
*Maxim Shostakovich, conductor (past resident)
*Debbie Shapiro (current resident); singer, friend of Alan Menken, married to Beau Gravitte, mother of three.

Artists, architects, cartoonists

*Peggy Bacon (1895-1987) author and artist with works in the National Gallery of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art
*Harry Bennett, who grew up in Ridgefield and lived there most of his life, painted the covers for more than 800 paperback novels between 1965 and 1982.
*Wayne Boring (1915-1982), an artist of Superman comic strips that appeared in hundred of newspapers from 1940s until the 1960s, lived on Lincoln Lane.
*Orlando Busino, award-winning cartoonist whose work has appeared in many major American magazines, and who has published two books (current resident)
*Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and book author (current resident)
*Cass Gilbert, architect (past resident)
*Alexander Julian, designer (current resident)
*Nicholas Krushenick, abstract artist, a dozen of whose works are in the National Gallery of Art (d. 1999)
*Jerry Marcus (1924-2005), magazine and newspaper cartoonist whose syndicated strip, "Trudy," was carried by more than 200 newspapers, lived here 40 years.
*Frederick Remington, an American painter, illustrator, and sculptor who specialized in depictions of the American West (past resident). He died in Ridgefield in 1909, less than six months after moving to the town.
*Julian Alden Weir, impressionist painter, bought Nod Hill farm in 1882, now a National Historic Site (died in 1919)
*Mahonri Young, (1877–1957), grandson of Brigham Young and the artist who sculpted "This is the Place Monument" and "Seagull Monument" in Salt Lake City, sometimes lived at home of J. Alden Weir, his father-in-law, he died in Norwalk.

Business people

*George Doubleday, Ingersoll-Rand President [1913-1935] (past resident)
*E.P. Dutton, publisher (1831-1923)
*Joseph M. Juran, expert on "management for quality" and founder of the Juran Institute, lived on Old Branchville Road for many years.
*Robert P. Scripps, president of Scripps-Howard Newspapers (past resident)
*Jay Walker, Priceline founder (current resident)
*Lawrence Bossidy, retired CEO of AlliedSignal and General Electric (current resident)

Journalist
*Morton Dean, television journalist (current resident)
*Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine, husband of Clare Boothe Luce (past resident)
*Westbrook Pegler, columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner (resident, 1941-48)

Government

*Joel Abbott, (1776-1826), United States Congressman cite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | date = 1967]
*John H. Frey, Minority Whip, Connecticut House of Representatives; CT National Committeeman, Republican National Committee
*George Lounsbury, past Connecticut governor, brother of Phineas (died, 1909)
*Phineas Lounsbury, past Connecticut governor, brother of George
*Clare Boothe Luce, playwright, ambassador, politician, wife of Henry Luce (past resident)
*Theodore Sorenson, JFK advisor (past resident, now lives in Bedford, N.Y.)
*Norman Thomas, six-time Socialist candidate for president, spent summers in Ridgefield until the early 1920s
*Kurt Waldheim, U.N. secretary-general (1972-1981), frequently stayed at the estate of a friend in town

Other

*Jolie Gabor (1900-1997), jewelry store-owing mother of the famous Gabor sisters -- Eva, Magda, and Zsa Zsa -- had a home on Oscaleta Road from 1966 to 1970. [ [http://jackfsanders.tripod.com/G-L.htm] "Notable Ridgefielders" G-L page, at Jack Sanders' Web site about Ridgefield history. Actor George Sanders, married to both Magda and Zsa Zsa, was also fond of Jolie. "You know, Jolie," he once wrote her, "I think marriage is for very simple people, not great artists like us." Zsa Zsa, on the other hand, observed of Sanders: "When I was married to George Sanders, we were both in love with him. I fell out of love with him, but he didn't."]
*Janel Jorgensen, first Ridgefielder to win Olympic medal (on 1988 U.S. women’s 4x100 medley relay team, Silver Medal, Seoul)
*"'Jeff Landau, professional tennis player (Won 1994 United States Amateur Championships (Men's Tennis))
*"Typhoid Mary" Mallon, who became famous for infecting people with typhoid, spent some time as a cook in town, where she infected some. (according to brief, front-page story in the July 22, 1909 Ridgefield Press)
*Elmer Q. Oliphant, established nation's first college intramurals program while a cadet at West Point, played with NFL's Buffalo All-Americans (1920s); 1955 inductee, National Football Hall of Fame. (resident from 1940s to 1952)
*Alice Paul, author of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, author and suffragist, part-time resident (1885-1977).
*George Scalise, who owned a mansion on Lake Mamanasco, was in 1940 the “swaggering president of the Building Service Employees International Union,” whom columnist and soon-to-be Ridgefielder Westbrook Pegler exposed as a criminal, helping earn Pegler a Pulitzer Prize. [ Scalise was an associate of mobster Dutch Schultz. He was arrested in 1940 by the crusading district attorney Thomas E. Dewey, later governor of New York and almost-president, and was charged with extorting $100,000 from hotels and contracting firms. But the arrest came only after Pegler exposed Scalise as part of a series of anti-racketeering columns that won him the Pulitzer. In a 1940 piece, Pegler described how Scalise had acquired the 27-room mansion on Tackora Trail in Ridgefield, apparently with union funds. “A remarkable proportion of Mr. Scalise’s fellow officers of the union have criminal records, and he reached the presidency by private arrangement with the officers and without any vote, direct or indirect, of the rank and file chambermaids, charwomen, window cleaners, janitors and other toilers,” wrote Pegler, who moved to Ridgefield a year later. He also noted that just across North Salem Road in Ridgefield was the town poor house. “Villa Scalise” was later acquired by the Society of Jesus, who used it as a retreat house, and is now the St. Ignatius Retreat House, owned by the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.]
*"'Gerry Ward, former NBA player and Boston College basketball star

ee also

* David Manning — fictitious film reviewer said to be with the "Ridgefield Press" but created in a deceptive advertising campaign
* List of people from Connecticut
* List of people from Bridgeport, Connecticut
* List of people from Darien, Connecticut
* List of people from Greenwich, Connecticut
* List of people from New Canaan, Connecticut
* List of people from Norwalk, Connecticut
* List of people from Redding, Connecticut
* List of people from Stamford, Connecticut
* List of people from Westport, Connecticut

Footnotes

External links

* [http://jackfsanders.tripod.com/whoswho.htm "Notable Ridgefielders" Web page]
* [http://www.imdb.com Internet Movie DataBase]


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