List of people from Ridgefield, Connecticut
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Authors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters
- Silvio A. Bedini (born 1917), retired Smithsonian Institution curator, author, born and raised in Ridgefield
- Howard Fast, novelist.
- Ira Joe Fisher, CBS weatherman and poet (Some Holy Weight in the Village Air).
- 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 Redding.
- Tom Gilroy, a screenwriter, actor and film producer, graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1978
- Tim Herlihy, screenwriter, film producer, former head writer of Saturday Night Live
- Roger Kahn, author
- Irene Kampen (1923–1998), novelist and journalist
- Richard Kluger, author
- Andy Luckey, children's book author
- 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
- Brad Parks, author
- Cornelius J. Ryan (died 1974), author
- 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.
- Robert Lewis Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, 1959)
- Alvin Toffler, futurist, author
- Max Wilk, author
- Bari Wood, author
- Max Gunther (1926–1998), a journalist and writer
Actors, others in the dramatic arts
- 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, actor
- Carolyn Kepcher, appeared on the NBC show The Apprentice and ran Donald Trump's golf course in Briarcliff, N.Y. (current resident)
- Cyril Ritchard, actor
- Erland Van Lidth de Jeude (died 1987), actor
- Robert Vaughn, actor (current resident)
- Grant Rosenmeyer, actor
- Giancarlo Esposito, actor (current resident)
Singers, musicians, composers
- Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso, lived on Pumping Station Road
- Judy Collins, Grammy-award winning folk singer (current resident)
- Aaron Copland lived on Limestone Road.
- Fanny Crosby (1820–1915), wrote more than 8,000 hymns, lived as a child at the corner of Main Street and Branchville Road
- Edwina Eustis Dick, contralto, lived on Old Branchville Road
- Geraldine Farrar (1882–1967), Metropolitan Opera soprano, 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
- Stephen Jenks (1772–1856), composer and "teacher of psalmody", lived in Ridgefield
- William Joyner, opera singer (current resident)
- Jim Lowe singer, disc jockey and radio host
- Václav Nelhýbel (1919–1996), composer
- Alex North (1910–1991), film composer
- Noël Regney, pianist and song writer
- Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist (current resident)
- Maxim Shostakovich, conductor (past resident)
- Debbie Shapiro (current resident); singer
Artists, architects, designers, cartoonists
- Peggy Bacon (1895–1987) author and artist with works in the National Gallery of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Wayne Boring (1915–1982), an artist of Superman comic strips, lived on Lincoln Lane
- Orlando Busino, cartoonist and author (current resident)
- Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and book author (current resident).
- Niels Diffrient (1928–2013), industrial designer
- Cass Gilbert, architect (past resident)
- Alexander Isley, designer and educator (current resident)
- Alexander Julian, designer (current resident)
- Nicholas Krushenick, abstract artist, a dozen of whose works are in the National Gallery of Art (d. 1999)
- Erik Nitsche (1908–1998), graphic designer
- Frederic Remington, an American painter, illustrator, and sculptor. 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 artist/sculptor
- E.P. Dutton, publisher (1831–1923)
- Hans Peter Kraus, rare book dealer (October 12, 1907 – November 1, 1988), author of A Rare Book Saga, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1978)
- Joseph M. Juran, founder of the Juran Institute, lived on Old Branchville Road
- John R. Patrick, (born 1945), former IBM vice-president and innovative leader in the information technology industry, author of Net Attitude (Perseus, 2001)
- Jay S. Walker, Priceline.com founder (current resident)
- Lawrence Bossidy, retired CEO of AlliedSignal and General Electric (current resident)
- Devin Gund, CEO of Execucode (current resident)
- Stephen Ward Jr., retired CEO of Lenovo (current resident)
- Morton Dean, television journalist (current resident)
- Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine, husband of Clare Boothe Luce (past resident)
- Westbrook Pegler, columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner (resident, 1941–48)
- Joel Abbot, (1776–1826), United States Congressman.
- Jeremiah Donovan was a United States Representative from Connecticut
- John H. Frey, Minority Whip, Connecticut House of Representatives; CT National Committeeman, Republican National Committee
- George E. Lounsbury, past Connecticut governor (died, 1909)
- Phineas C. Lounsbury, past Connecticut governor
- Clare Boothe Luce, playwright, ambassador, politician, wife of Henry Luce (past resident)
- Theodore Sorenson, JFK advisor (past resident)
- 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
- Samuel Keeler (1656–1713), founding settler of Ridgefield
- 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.
- Jeff Landau, professional tennis player
- "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, played with NFL's Buffalo All-Americans (1920s)
- Alice Paul, author of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, author and suffragist, part-time resident (1885–1977)
- Blackleach Burritt, noted clergyman in the American Revolution
- George Scalise, owned a mansion on Lake Mamanasco, president of the Building Service Employees International Union.
- David Manning – fictitious film reviewer said to be with the Ridgefield Press but created in a deceptive advertising campaign
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- "Notable Ridgefielders" A–F page, at Jack Sanders' Web site about Ridgefield history
-  Internet Movie DataBase Web site, Web page titled "Biography for Ira Joe Fisher" accessed August 20, 2006
- Numerous sources state that the Fitzgerald's home was on Seventy Acre Road and that Flannery O'Connor lived with them there, including, Letters of Flannery O'Connor: The Habit of Being, selected and edited by Sally Fitzgerald (1979, Farrar, Straus & Giroux), address from the top of a letter from O'Connor: "70 Acre Road/Ridgefield, Conn./October 6, '49", page 15; Hyson, Lynn, "Flannery O'Connor Biographer gets glimpse of author's time here", article in The Redding Pilot, February 1, 2007, page A020: "The scene at the home of Janet August and Amy Atamian on a recent Saturday resembled a salon, true to the tradition of their house on Seventy Acre Road. Around the massive stone fireplace the two had gathered neighbors and friends to compare notes about the time writer Flannery O'Connor (1925–1964) lived here."; Web page titled "Flannery O'Connor / Lesson Plan Ideas for Teachers" from "Flannery O'Connor-Andalusa Farm Foundation" web site, ("she was introduced to Robert and Sally Fitzgerald, with whom she lived for over a year in Ridgefield, Connecticut.") accessed July 12, 2007;  Map of Redding showing 70 Acre Road entirely within Redding (between Mountain Road and Umpawaug Road in the central part of western side of town; click on map to enlarge), at the "History of Redding" Web site, accessed July 12, 2007
- "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."
- A Library of Congress biography of Copland includes a photograph of him raking leaves at his Ridgefield home in 1946. See Library of Congress
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
- "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."
- 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.