Bridget LeRoy was brought up in a privileged Hollywood/New York show business family...

…complete with opening nights, trips to exotic lands, lavish family gatherings, backstage and movie set visits, and partying with New York’s glitterati. Her great-grandfather, Harry Warner, founded Warner Brothers Studio. Her grandfather, Mervyn LeRoy, directed and produced over 80 Hollywood classic films. Her father, Warner LeRoy, was the restaurateur responsible for New York landmarks like Maxwell's Plum, Tavern on the Green, and the Russian Tea Room.

Bridget's mother, Gen LeRoy, is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, as well as a screenwriter, and her stepfather, Tony Walton, is one of the most revered Broadway and film production designers of all time.

Bridget co-founded The East Hampton Independent, now The Independent Newspaper, and functioned as the arts editor and company president for the first seven years. During her tenure, she was the recipient of more than 40 regional and national awards for journalism and editing, making the Independent the most award-winning newspaper on Long Island. She has interviewed everyone from Steven Spielberg to Martha Stewart, from the Clintons to Julie Andrews. She also guest-edited several editions of the North Atlantic Review, has frequently written for the New York Times Long Island Weekly, and penned numerous Op-Ed pieces for Newsday, Long Island's daily.

Bridget is currently the Managing Editor at The Independent.

She also has hosted several radio programs, including "Culture Queen" on WNTK Talk Radio in New Hampshire, and recently hosted Authors Night 2018 for 88.3 WPPB FM, Long Island's only NPR station, interviewing Alec Baldwin, Robert Caro, Lee Child, and other literati.

She currently co-hosts "Sundays on the East End" with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alec Sokolow on WPPB.

Bridget also co-founded CMEE, the Children's Museum of the East End. She bought, renovated, and ran the New London Inn from 2004 to 2010, and created the "Gnus of Gnu London" community art project, which raised money for an arts center in New Hampshire.

Other hats she's worn along the way: retreat leader, goat herder, ordained minister, pug breeder, and nude model for some of the world's greatest living artists.

Photo by Christine Newman

Photo by Christine Newman