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Landis, Jessie Royce (1904-72)

Large boulder at edge of Fairlawn Cemetery on North Salem Road, opposite New Street, where, legend says, five Norwalk men, exploring for the new settlement of Ridgefield, spent a night.

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Landis, Jessie Royce: Nee Jessie Medbury, was a movie actress famed for playing mother roles (her “children” included Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, June Allyson, Tab Hunter, Anthony Perkins, Jean Peters, and Kim Novak); films included To Catch A Thief (1955), North by Northwest (1959), The Swan (1956); also wrote stage plays and did TV shows; her autobiography, You Won’t Be So Pretty, But You Will Know More, was published in 1954; she lived at 137 Old Branchville Road from 1966 until her death with husband, Major Gen. J.F.R. Seitz (q.v.); buried Branchville Cemetery.

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