Bridget is the daughter of Peter Fonda
and Susan Brewer
and the grand-daughter of Henry Fonda
, so Jane Fonda
is her aunt. She has a brother, Justin Fonda
, who is a cameraman, and Troy Garity
is their cousin.
Bridget and her brother were brought up in Los Angeles by their mother, after their parents divorced. She went to the Westlake School for Girls, where she acted in school productions, and then trained for an acting career at New York's Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Bridget was the partner of Lee Drysdale
in the late 1980s and lived with Eric Stoltz
for most of the 1990s, then dated Dwight Yoakam
. She married the musician and composer Danny Elfman
(once a singer with Oingo Boingo) in 2003, and their son Oliver was born in 2005.