places to ...
162 Baker Road; 860-210-
0618 • ”Amazing breakfasts
on the weekends,” she says.
“I don’t eat meat, but my
kids love the bacon and
sausages, and I like the
eggs and all the rest.”
Why I Love ...
Where does director and author Rebecca Miller take
her kids and her husband, Daniel Day-Lewis, when she
wants to escape? She returns to her childhood home in
Connecticut, the backdrop of her new film
As a child, Rebecca Miller attended dinner
parties at the homes of artist Alexander
Calder and novelist William Styron. The
photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson read
to her by the local pond.
“It all felt pretty normal,” the actress-turned-director says of her childhood in
Roxbury, Conn., with her parents, renowned
playwright Arthur Miller and artist Inge
Morath. Miller was raised on a 350-acre farm,
“a typical New England place,” where you
picked up the town gossip, as well as The New
York Times, at the mom-and-pop pharmacy.
“Roxbury people tend to be pretty open-minded and basically gentle,” Miller says.
“When I grew up, it was more of a farming
community. There were also quite a few
artists. We all just lived together.” It was
these years that would spark her creativity.
Recalling the gold shag carpeting and pink
walls in her first bedroom, she says, “I think
my hideous decor definitely influenced my
The film of her debut novel, The Private
Lives of Pippa Lee, opening Nov. 27 in
American theaters, was shot in Roxbury
and other towns in the state’s northwestern
corner. It features an all-star cast, including
Robin Wright Penn, Blake Lively, Keanu
Reeves, Alan Arkin and Winona Ryder.
Lauded at the Berlin International Film
Festival earlier this year, it tells the story of
a woman whose seemingly idyllic suburban
life is disrupted by memories of her lurid past.
Miller says filming in her hometown
was fantastic, and she also got to know the
neighboring towns of Southbury and New
Milford. “It felt both familiar and so foreign.
I feel I never really saw its nooks and cran-nies until we shot there.”
These days, she and her husband, Academy Award–winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis,
live in Ireland with their children during the
school year. But, in the summer, you can find
Miller at the same wooden farmhouse in
Roxbury, enjoying the simple life of a town
without so much as a stoplight.
“I love the Memorial Day parade. It’s tiny
and adorable. I go just about every year with
my kids.”—EMILY HAILE
ESCAPE INTO NATURE
HAVE A SLICE OF PIE
East of the Roxbury Green,
near the bridge on Route
317; 860-350-4148 • Man-
aged by the Roxbury Land
Trust, this preserve has
140 acres of trails with old
stone walls, marshes and
Maple Bank Farm
57 Church St.; 860-354-
7038 • “They have the best
vegetables and blueberry
pies.” You can also pick
handmade wreaths, fresh
cider and baked goods.
UNWIND WITH A
Minor Memorial Library
23 South St.; 860-350-2181
• “A wonderful haven,”
Miller says of the library that
opened in 1994.