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Grasso, Ella Tambussi (10 May 1919–05 February 1981), state and federal legislator and governor of Connecticut, was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, near Hartford, the daughter of Giacomo Tambussi, a baker, and Maria Oliva. The daughter of Italian immigrant parents, she graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1940 and then two years later earned an M.A. in sociology and economics from the same institution. She was fluent in Italian and proud of her working-class heritage. Also in 1942 she married Thomas Grasso, a schoolteacher, and they had two children....