Bridgette tested for the lead in the 1984 movie Firestarter (1984), but ultimately lost the role to Drew Barrymore. Producer Dino De Laurentiis arranged for the test after he saw Bridgette on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
Siblings: one sister, and also actress, Angelica Andersen; two brothers, Dean Glass and Mark Ballan.
Could remember her lines from any movie
For her part as "Young Mae" in the television production of Mae West (1982), she "picked up" dancing by wearing tap shoes non-stop for a week and watching Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952). At the point she was assigned to a dance instructor, she was already so adept that she learned the routines in a few days.
She had a staggeringly high IQ and had been reading since she was 2 and a half years old. With a wide range of reading interests at the age of six, Hemingway was her favorite writer and "Old Man and the Sea" her favorite book.