List of people from Ridgefield, Connecticut

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This is a list of 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:

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Alice Paul, 1901

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  1. ^ [1] "Notable Ridgefielders" A–F page, at Jack Sanders' Web site about Ridgefield history
  2. ^ [2] Internet Movie DataBase Web site, Web page titled "Biography for Ira Joe Fisher" accessed August 20, 2006
  3. ^ a b 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.";[3] Web page titled "Flannery O'Connor / Lesson Plan Ideas for Teachers" from "Flannery O'Connor-Andalusa Farm Foundation" website ("she was introduced to Robert and Sally Fitzgerald, with whom she lived for over a year in Ridgefield, Connecticut.") accessed July 12, 2007; [4] 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
  4. ^ a b c [5]"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."
  5. ^ A Library of Congress biography of Copland includes a photograph of him raking leaves at his Ridgefield home in 1946. See Library of Congress
  6. ^ Philip van Lidth de Jeude
  7. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 
  8. ^ [6] "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."
  9. ^ 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.

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