POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Broadway icon and four-time Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell was born in Australia and began her career at the age of nine when she appeared in a production of “Peter Pan.” But since 1970, Caldwell has called the bucolic environs of Pound Ridge her home and has come to adore the community.
She recently donated her talents to a fund-raiser at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts to help it raise money for its historic Rosen House. During a performance of Un Ballo in Maschera, (A Masked Ball) Caldwell performed several readings of letters written by the Rosens.
Caldwell’s four Tony Awards were for her Broadway performances in Tennessee Williams’ “Slapstick Tragedy,” “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “Medea” and “Master Class.” In the latter she portrayed opera diva Maria Callas. She has also appeared in films, including Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and, most recently, the Tom Hanks film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
The Pound Ridge Daily Voice sat down recently with Caldwell to ask her what her five favorite things were about living in Pound Ridge.
“We have a lot of acres and we love the land. Our boys grew up on it. We built the house from our design and for our life. I worked so hard on the land. I cut down trees with my own hands. I do a lot of landscaping and gardening. I had two dogs and we had a good time on this property.”
"t was built for our family by [filmmaker] Ben Edwards – he helped design it. The property had so many large rocks on it that he decided he wouldn’t blast but it would conform to the rocks instead. There is a lot of glass with a lot of light and it is so quiet here. The guest room is downstairs and the guests are grateful because they are able to sleep late because it’s so quite. Now the boys use the house. We’ve had a lot of parties and if it went out of style tomorrow it will have done a great service. It’s the family headquarters.”
Being a neighbor
“I am a neighbor. I enjoy talking to people at the local market and it’s lovely to say, “Hi! How are you?” It’s good. I like the sort of neighborliness about this town. When people come to New York, I say come to Pound Ridge. This is my home. I left Australia a long time ago.”
"I feel it’s important; it’s an essential part of the village. Our house is full of books and I am a big supporter of what the library does.”
North Star Restaurant
“We like it a lot; it’s good having it there. There are lots of places around here but this is right in the middle of Pound Ridge and they have very good food. David, the owner, always makes me feel so welcome. We get there about twice a week.”