Category:People from Redding, Connecticut
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1. Daniel Carter Beard – Beard was born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of artists. As a youth, he explored the woods and made sketches of nature and his father was the artist James Henry Beard and his mother was Mary Caroline Beard. His uncle was the artist William Holbrook Beard and he lived at 322 East Third Street in Covington, Kentucky near the Licking River, where he learned the stories of Kentucky pioneer life. He started a career as an engineer and surveyor. He attended art school in New York City and he wrote a series of articles for St. Nicholas Magazine that later formed the basis for the The American Boys Handy Book. He was a member of the Student Art League, where he met and he illustrated a number of books for Mark Twain, and for other authors such as Ernest Crosby. In 1908 while living in Redding, Connecticut, Beard was among those on hand to welcome Mark Twain upon his arrival to the new villa Stormfield. Beard became the editor of Recreation magazine and wrote a column for youth. He founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, basing it on American frontier traditions and he later moved his column to Womans Home Companion. After conflicts with a new editor, he moved to the Pictorial Review, since Womens Home Companion retained the rights to the name, he simply renamed the organization to Boy Pioneers of America. Beard merged his organization into the Boy Scouts of America when it was founded in 1910, Beard became one of the first National Scout Commissioners of the Boy Scouts and served it for 30 years. He later became the editor of Boys Life magazine, the BSA official magazine, the work of both Beard and Ernest Thompson Seton are in large part the basis of the Traditional Scouting movement. Beard also helped his sister organize the Camp Fire Girls, Beard was a Freemason in a New York Lodge, and an award for Masonic Scouters has been named in his honor. Beard founded Boy Scouts Troop 1 in Flushing, New York, Beard became an Eagle Scout at the age of 64 on February 15,1915. Dan Beard was also involved with the Culver Academies summer camp program for many years and this program still exists as the Academys Culver Woodcraft Camp. Beard died on June 11,1941, shortly before his 91st birthday at his home Brooklands in Suffern and he was buried near his home at the Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley, New York. The National Program Director of the Boy Scouts of America, E. Urner Goodman, was selected to be in charge of the youth leaders funeral in Suffern. An estimated 2,000 people lined the route to the cemetery in Monsey, New York
2. Anna Hyatt Huntington – Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington was an American sculptor and was once among New York Citys most prominent sculptors. At a time very few women were successful artists, she had a thriving career. She exhibited often, traveled widely, received acclaim at home and abroad. During the first two decades of the 20th century, Hyatt Huntington became famous for her sculptures, which combine vivid emotional depth with skillful realism. Huntington was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her father, Alpheus Hyatt, was a professor of paleontology and zoology at Harvard University and MIT, and served as a contributing factor to her early interest in animals and animal anatomy. Anna Hyatt first studied with Henry Hudson Kitson in Boston, who threw her out after she identified equine anatomical deficiencies in his work, later she studied with Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Gutzon Borglum at the Art Students League of New York. In addition to formal studies she spent many hours doing extensive study of animals in various zoos. She was one of 250 sculptors who exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the summer of 1949, in 1932, Huntington became one of the earliest woman artists to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Between the years of 1927 and 1937, Huntington developed and survived tuberculosis, Huntington and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, founded Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Sculpture Society, because of her husbands enormous wealth and the shared interests of the couple, the Huntingtons were responsible for founding fourteen museums and four wildlife preserves. They also gifted Collis P. Huntington State Park, consisting of approximately 800 acres of land in Redding, Connecticut and she was the aunt of the art historian A. Hyatt Mayor. Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington died October 4,1973 and she is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York City, next to her husband Archer Milton Huntington who preceded her in death on December 11,1955. Her papers are held at Syracuse University, and the Archives of American Art and her animal sculptures, figures of both life-sized and in smaller proportions, are in museums and collections throughout the United States. She spent two years collaborating with Abastenia St. Leger Eberle to produce Man and Bull, which was exhibited at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, the Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by her husband, Archie Huntington. Two statues are located at the entrance to Collis P. Huntington State Park in Redding and Bethel, Connecticut, Mother Bear and Cubs, the park was donated to the state of Connecticut by the Huntingtons. Other equestrian statues by Huntington greet visitors to the entrance to Redding Elementary School, the John Read Middle School, the statue at the elementary school is called Fighting Stallions and the one at the middle school is called A Tribute to the Workhorse. The sculpture at the Mark Twain Library, also called The Torch Bearers is identical in form to the one in Madrid, but is cast in bronze and appears to be smaller. In her Horse Trainer she enlivens the theme of the Roman marble Horse Tamers of the Quirinale, Rome, which had been taken up by Guillaume Coustou for the horses of Marly
3. Hope Lange – Hope Elise Ross Lange was an American film, stage, and television actress. Lange was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Selena Cross in the 1957 film Peyton Place. In 1969 and 1970, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Carolyn Muir in the sitcom The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Lange was born into a theatrical family in Redding, Connecticut. Her father, John George Lange, was a cellist and the arranger for Florenz Ziegfeld and conductor for Henry Cohen, her mother. They had three daughters, Minelda, Joy, and Hope, and a son, David, John worked in New York City and the family moved to Greenwich Village when Hope was a young child. Lange sang with other children in the play Life, Laughter and Tears, at age 9, Lange had a speaking part in the award-winning Broadway play The Patriots, which opened in January 1943. John Lange died in September 1942 but the family stayed in New York City, Minette ran a restaurant on Macdougal Street near Washington Square Park from 1944 to 1956. The name was Minettes of Washington Square, although some sources confuse it with Minetta Tavern, the entire family worked in the restaurant, the oldest daughter, Minelda, ran the cash register while Joy and Hope waited on tables. While attending high school, Lange studied dance, modeled, and she sometimes walked the dog of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who had a nearby apartment. When her photo appeared in the newspaper, she received an offer to work as a New York City advertising model and she appeared on the June 1949 cover of Radio-Electronics magazine wearing the Man from Mars Radio Hat. This portable radio built into a helmet was a sensation in 1949. Lange attended college for two years at Reed College in Oregon and at Barmore Junior College in New York and she met her first husband, Don Murray, at Barmore. She began working in television in the 1950s with appearances on Kraft Television Theatre, Lange came to prominence in her first film role in Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray, whom she married on April 14,1956. Murray later said that Monroe grew jealous of another blonde being hired for the movie, as a result of favorable reviews, Lange landed a major role in the then-risqué1957 film Peyton Place. Her strong performance earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe Award and she would become a rather well-recognized supporting actress of ingénue roles. Lange later said that she became somewhat typecast in her film appearances. She went on to appear in Nicholas Rays 1957 film, The True Story of Jesse James as James wife and she appeared in The Young Lions alongside Montgomery Clift. She starred as the wife of Jeffrey Hunters character in Anton Myrers wartime drama In Love and these roles eventually led to Lange earning top billing in 1959s The Best of Everything, with Suzy Parker and Joan Crawford
4. Edward Steichen – Edward Jean Steichen was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917, together Stieglitz and Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which eventually became known as 291 after its address. His photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue, during these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1944, he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, after World War II, Steichen was Director of the Department of Photography at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art until 1962. While at MoMA, he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man, Steichen was born Éduard Jean Steichen in Bivange, Luxembourg, the son of Jean-Pierre and Marie Kemp Steichen. Jean-Pierre Steichen initially immigrated to the United States in 1880, Marie Steichen brought the infant Edward along once Jean-Pierre had settled in Chicago, in 1881. The family, with the addition of Eduards younger sister Lilian, moved to Milwaukee in 1889, in 1894, at the age of fifteen, Steichen began a four-year lithography apprenticeship with the American Fine Art Company of Milwaukee. After hours, he would sketch and draw, and began to teach himself to paint. Having come across a shop near to his work, he visited frequently with curiosity until he persuaded himself to buy his first camera. The group also hired Richard Lorenz and Robert Schade for occasional lectures. Steichen was naturalized as a U. S. citizen in 1900 and signed the papers as Edward J. Steichen, however. Steichen married Clara Smith in 1903 and they had two daughters, Katherine and Mary. In 1914, Clara accused her husband of having an affair with artist Marion H. Beckett, the Steichens left France just ahead of invading German troops. In 1915, Clara Steichen returned to France with her daughter Kate, Steichen returned to France with the Photography Division of the American Army Signal Corps in 1917, whereupon Clara returned to the United States. In 1919, Clara Steichen sued Marion Beckett for having an affair with her husband, Clara and Edouart Steichen eventually divorced in 1922. Steichen married Dana Desboro Glover in 1923 and she died of leukemia in 1957. In 1960, aged 80, Steichen married Joanna Taub and remained married to her until his death, Joanna Steichen died on July 24,2010, in Montauk, New York, aged 77
5. Mark Twain – Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter and he later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, the short story brought international attention and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. He filed for bankruptcy in the wake of financial setbacks. He chose to pay all his creditors in full, even though he had no legal responsibility to do so. Twain was born shortly after an appearance of Halleys Comet, and he predicted that he would go out with it as well and he was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age, and William Faulkner called him the father of American literature. His parents met when his father moved to Missouri, and they were married in 1823, Twain was of Cornish, English, and Scots-Irish descent. Only three of his siblings survived childhood, Orion, Henry, and Pamela and his sister Margaret died when Twain was three, and his brother Benjamin died three years later. His brother Pleasant died at six months of age, slavery was legal in Missouri at the time, and it became a theme in these writings. His father was an attorney and judge, but he died of pneumonia in 1847, the next year, Twain left school after the fifth grade to become a printers apprentice. In 1851, he working as a typesetter, contributing articles and humorous sketches to the Hannibal Journal. He educated himself in libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school. Twain describes his boyhood in Life on the Mississippi, stating there was but one permanent ambition among his comrades. Pilot was the grandest position of all, the pilot, even in those days of trivial wages, had a princely salary – from a hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty dollars a month, and no board to pay. As Twain describes it, the pilots prestige exceeded that of the captain, bixby took Twain on as a cub pilot to teach him the river between New Orleans and St. Louis for $500, payable out of Twains first wages after graduating. It was more than two years before he received his pilots license, piloting gave also him his pen name from mark twain, the leadsmans cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms, which was safe water for a steamboat
6. Redding, Connecticut – Redding is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 9,158 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, Redding has an area of 32.1 square miles, of which 31.5 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles. Redding borders Bethel, Danbury, Easton, Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding has four primary sections, Redding Center, Redding Ridge, West Redding, and Georgetown, which is situated at the junction of Redding, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton. Reddings topography is dominated by three ridges, running north to south, with intervening valleys featuring steep slopes and rocky ledges in some sections. Four streams flow south through Redding toward Long Island Sound, the Aspetuck River, the Little River, the Norwalk River, the Saugatuck River flows through the Saugatuck Reservoir, Reddings largest body of water which stretches south into Weston. The reservoir was created in 1938 through the flooding of a portion of the Saugatuck River Valley, as of the census of 2010, there were 9,158 people,3,470 households, and 2,593 families residing in the town. Redding has the third lowest population density in Fairfield County at 285.3 people per square mile, between 2000 and 2010, Reddings population increased 10. 7%. There were 3,811 housing units as of 2010, up 23. 5% from a decade earlier, for an average density of 118.7 units per square mile. The racial makeup of the town as of 2010 was 94. 90% White,0. 70% African American,0. 10% Native American,2. 20% Asian,2. 10% from other races or from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. 60% of the population, individuals comprised 21. 3% of all households and 12. 1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the family size was 3.07. In the town, the population was out with 26. 0% under the age of 18,3. 2% from 18 to 24,16. 3% from 25 to 44,36. 2% from 45 to 64. The median age was 46.4 years, for every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males, the median income for a household in 2000 was $104,137, and the median income for a family was $109,250. In 2009, the family income rose to $141,609. Males had an income of $77,882 versus $52,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $50,687, about 1. 2% of families and 1. 8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2. 1% of those under age 18 and 3. 5% of those age 65 or over
7. Ruth Chatterton – Ruth Chatterton was an American stage, film and television actress. In the late 1930s, Chatterton retired from acting but continued her career on the stage. She later became a successful novelist and early aviator, Chatterton briefly returned to screen acting in the 1950s before her death of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1961. Chatterton was born in New York City on Christmas Eve 1892 to Walter, an architect and she was of English and French extraction. Her parents separated while she was quite young. Chatterton attended Mrs. Hagens School in Pelham, New York, in 1908, Chatterton and her friends were attending a play in Washington, D. C. Chatterton later criticized the acting of the actress to her friends who challenged her to become a stage actress herself or shut up. Chatterton accepted the challenge and, a few later, joined the chorus of the stage show. She soon dropped out of school to pursue a stage career. Aged 16, Chatterton joined the Friend Stock Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1911, Chatterton made her Broadway stage debut in The Great Name. Her greatest success came in 1914 when she starred in the play Daddy Long Legs. In 1924, Chatterton and her first husband, actor Ralph Forbes, with the help of Emil Jannings, she was cast in her first film role in Sins of the Fathers in 1928. That same year, she was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures, Chattertons first film for Paramount was also her first sound film, The Doctors Secret, released in 1929. Chatterton was able to make the transition from silents to sound because of her stage experience, later in 1929, Chatterton was loaned to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where she starred in Madame X. The film was a critical and box office success, and effectively launched Chattertons career, for her work in the film, Chatterton received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she starred in Sarah and Son, portraying an impoverished housewife who rises to fame, the film was another critical and financial success and Chatterton received a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Later that year, Chatterton was voted the second star of the year, behind only Norma Shearer. In 1933, Chatterton starred in the successful Pre-Code comedy-drama Female, when she left Paramount Pictures, her initial home studio, for Warner Brothers, along with Kay Francis and William Powell, it was noted that the brothers Warner needed an infusion of class
8. Paul Avgerinos – Avgerinos also owns Studio Unicorn in Redding, Connecticut, which produces a wide variety of music for film, TV, commercials and albums of all kinds. Avgerinos is recognized as “One of the Giants of New Age Music“ by Jim Brenholts, Paul Avgerinos is a GRAMMY® winning composer and producer whose music is broadcast all over the world. Avgerinos graduated from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 1981 as a full scholarship student in Bass Violin. He served as Principal Bass in the orchestras of Italy, Hong Kong and Venezuela and toured with Charles Aznavour and Buddy Rich before opening his own recording studio in 1985, Studio Unicorn. Most of the Avgerinos New Age albums are careful blends of acoustic and electronic instruments, known for his sound design and layering talent, Avgerinos also plays Bass Violin, Cello, Guitars, Keyboards and Sings on his recordings. Inspired by Enya, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and his orchestral background, often employing wordless choirs, he sometimes uses lyrics as in his album of Sacred Chant, Phos Hilaron, and his album GNOSIS, which utilizes Greek Orthodox Chanting. Garden of Delight is his most critically acclaimed recording to date having won awards for Best World Album of the Year, collaboration with Peter Kater on his Red Moon album yielded a final five Grammy Nomination in 2004. Best Album awards were earned in 2006 and 2005 as well. Avgerinos has created 10 music videos, as an engineer and producer, Avgerinos has worked with Aerosmith, Jewel, Run DMC, Willie Nelson, Deana Carter and The Celtic Tenors. A member of ASCAP since 1986, the music of Paul Avgerinos has been used in Hundreds of Films, TV shows and Commercials around the world
9. Diana Canova – Diana Canova is an American actress known for her role of the promiscuous Corinne Tate, daughter of Jessica Tate on Soap. Since her departure, both she and Helmond have remained close friends, Canova was born Diane Canova Rivero in West Palm Beach, Florida to actress and singer Judy Canova and Cuban musician Filberto Rivero. She was raised in the Greater Los Angeles Area, where she graduated from Hollywood High School, Canova later studied acting at Los Angeles City College. Canova made her acting debut in a 1974 episode of Happy Days portraying Richies date who is taller than he. She later guest-starred on episodes of Chico and the Man and Starsky and Hutch and appeared in films before landing the role of Corinne Tate on Soap in 1977. She remained with the series until 1980, in 1979, she made an appearance on Barney Miller as nude dancer/prostitute/graduate student Stephanie Wolf in Strip Joint. Later, in 1980, ABC executives offered Canova her own television series, the show lasted just one season. She was cast as Sandy Beatty in Throb, a sitcom which was broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988, in 1990, she played Maggie McCauley in an episode of Murder, She Wrote, entitled Murder, According to Maggie. In 1993, Canova co-starred in the ABC sitcom Home Free, since the mid-1990s, she has mainly done voice work for cartoons in video shorts. In 1995, she played Jenny in a revival of Stephen Sondheims musical Company, Canova currently resides in Redding, Connecticut, with her husband, record producer Elliot Scheiner. Canova spent a number of years as a member of the Church of Scientology and she also criticized the Churchs counseling practice, called auditing, when she said Theyre telling you, Dont spend $100 an hour on a shrinks couch, itll ruin your mind
10. Hal Foster – Harold Rudolf Foster, better known as Hal Foster, was a Canadian-American comic book artist and writer best known as the creator of the comic strip Prince Valiant. His drawing style is noted for a level of draftsmanship. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Foster rode his bike to the United States in 1919 and began to study in Chicago, in 1928, he began one of the earliest adventure comic strips, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughss Tarzan. In 1937, he created his signature strip, the weekly Prince Valiant, the strip featured Fosters dextrous, detailed artwork, Foster eschewed word balloons, preferring to have narration and dialogue in captions. Leyendecker was an influence on Foster. Fosters Tarzan comic strip, adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughss novels, Foster returned to do the Tarzan Sunday strip beginning September 27,1931, continuing until Burne Hogarth took over the Sunday Tarzan on May 9,1937. He soon grew tired of working on an adaptation and began planning his own creation, Prince Valiant premiered on February 13,1937, continuing for decades. In 1944, Foster and his wife Helen moved from Topeka to Redding Ridge, in 1954, the couple was seen on televisions This Is Your Life. In 1971, the Fosters retired to Spring Hill, Florida, in 1967, Woody Gelman revived some of Fosters earlier work for his Nostalgia Press. In 1970, Foster was suffering from arthritis and began planning his retirement and he had several artists draw Sunday pages before choosing John Cullen Murphy as his collaborator and permanent replacement in 1971. Murphy drew the strip from Foster scripts and pencil sketches, Foster stopped illustrating the Prince Valiant pages in 1975. Foster attended the Comic Art Convention in 1969, and the OrlandoCon in 1974 and 1975, Foster was 73 when he was elected to membership in Great Britains Royal Society of Arts, an honor given to very few Americans. Foster died in Spring Hill in 1982, Foster is a seminal figure in the history of comics, especially action-adventure strips. Harvey argues that Foster and Flash Gordon artist Alex Raymond created the standard by which all such comic strips would henceforth be measured. Foster was an influence on this generation, many of whom went on to become iconic. Joe Kubert called Foster, Raymond and Milton Caniff the “three saints” of comic art in the 1930s and 40s. Several sources have identified early work by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and Bob Kane as swipes from Foster, Kirby also stated that the character design for Etrigan the Demon was an homage to Foster, taken from a Prince Valiant strip. Wally Wood was obsessed with Fosters work, and began copying his newspaper strips at the age of two, frank Frazetta called Fosters work on Tarzan “perfection, a landmark in American twentieth-century art that will never be surpassed
11. Stephen Mallory – Stephen Russell Mallory served in the United States Senate as Senator from Florida from 1850 to the secession of his home state and the outbreak of the American Civil War. For much of period, he was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. He also wrote a bill, and guided it through Congress, although he was not a leader in the secession movement, Mallory followed his state out of the Union. When the Confederate States of America was formed, he was named Secretary of the Navy in the administration of President Jefferson Davis and he held the position throughout the existence of the Confederacy. Because of indifference to naval matters by most others in the Confederacy, some of his ideas, such as the incorporation of armor into warship construction, were quite successful and became standard in navies around the world. On the other hand, the navy was often handicapped by administrative ineptitude in the Navy Department, during the war, he was weakened politically by a Congressional investigation into the Navy Department for its failure in defense of New Orleans. After months of taking testimony, the committee concluded that it had no evidence of wrongdoing on his part. Mallory resigned after the Confederate government had fled from Richmond at the end of the war, after more than a year in prison, the public mood had softened, and he was granted parole by President Andrew Johnson. He returned to Florida, where he supported his family in his final years by again practicing law, unable to hold elective office by the terms of his parole, he continued to make his opinions known by writing letters to newspapers. His health began to deteriorate, although he was not incapacitated until the very end and he died on November 9,1873. He was the father of Stephen Russell Mallory, a U. S, Mallory was born in Trinidad, British West Indies, in 1812. His parents were Charles and Ellen Mallory and his father was a construction engineer originally from Redding, Connecticut. He met and married the Irish-born Ellen Russell in Trinidad, the family moved to the United States and settled in Key West, Florida, in 1820. Young Stephen was sent to school near Mobile, Alabama, and his elder brother John also died about this time. To support herself and her son, Ellen opened a boarding house for seamen. Then she sent her son away for schooling at a Moravian academy in Nazareth. Although he was for all of his life a practicing Catholic, after about three years, his mother could no longer afford to pay his tuition, so in 1829 his schooling ended and he returned home. Young Mallory prepared for a profession by reading law in the office of Judge William Marvin, because of its geographical position, Key West was often sought as a port of refuge for ships caught in storms, and was for the same reason near frequent shipwrecks