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This actor has worked alongside Joanne Woodward, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews, Natalie Wood, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Diane Lane, Clive Owen, Sandra Bullock, Chris Cooper, Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, and so many more. Oh, but wait—he’s CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER!

When you think about Mr. Plummer as a neighbor in tranquil Connecticut, you forget he is Hollywood royalty. This actor is in high demand on stage and screen. Yet Plummer is friendly and seems amused with celebrity. It might be the sly smile or those much discussed eyes. His aristocratic demeanor can chill in The Sound of Music, turn one to stone in The Insider, and then melt instantly with charm in Must Love Dogs. While filming Beginners with Ewan McGregor, the two A-listers pulled a mischievous yet endearing prank. Don’t miss Brigitte Quinn’s interview (starting on page 58.)

When refined formality feels this comfortable, it’s partly due to being fully engaged with the people around you. That idea was reinforced when I read Saving Civility, a new book by Weston resident Sara Hacala. Today’s environment is one of crises, schedules and relentless pursuit of getting ahead; Hacala reminds us of the total value of looking out for one another (see page 47).

We celebrate locals who do just that in our piece “Light a Fire” (beginning on page 68). Hosting a fundraiser, nurturing a nonprofit, or launching a foundation takes dedication. Volunteers don’t have to do this work—but they do anyway. Moffly Media launched Light a Fire to acknowledge philanthropic missions and to say, “Thank you for making our community’s tight-knit bond stronger with your timeless example of good living.” It’s time to be grateful.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. Wish Mr. Plummer a Happy Birthday on December 13, respectfully.