I may have been given the name Lisa but family members call me Lee Lee. And, it’s the name I actually prefer. I’m a daughter, wife, mother, journalist, cancer survivor, and die hard Bruce Springsteen fan. I was born in Torre del Greco, Naples, Italy. Yes, I can speak the Neapolitan dialect! I was raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey under the strong influence of old school Italian values. Everything revolves around food. But more importantly, it’s all about family, respect, and loyalty. That’s just one piece of my complicated puzzle.
Another piece is the fact that I’m a wannabe performer. I love lights, camera, action, the spotlight, and the stage. At the age of 3, my mom put tap and ballet shoes on me. This kicked off my love affair with the arts. I still own tap shoes and take a class every once in a while…it’s a great workout by the way.
It’s no surprise I chose a career in the entertainment industry. After graduating from New York University’s School of Broadcast Journalism, I spent nearly 20 years writing and producing everything from news and documentaries to sales and marketing productions.
My ambition and desire has always been to write. I’m channeling my idol, the late Nora Ephron. Nora is my goddess! I can only dream of being half the writer that Nora was…what an incredible talent!
My real passion is the love I share and have for my children, husband, parents, and grandmother. They complete the complicated puzzle and make life worth living.
Some fun facts: I’m obsessed with handbags…CHANEL in particular…. New York City is my favorite place in the entire world…I love to travel…I’m a huge sports fan…football is my favorite sport to watch…I love to dance…I’m a Masterpiece Theatre fan…I’ll never turn down a ticket to a Broadway show, I think Jimmy Fallon is way too funny (LOVE him), my favorite actors are Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, & Catherine Zeta Jones…I have a celebrity crush on Jim Caviezel and Matthew McConaughey…I’d like to learn how to play the piano, guitar, and drums…my favorite subject is history…I’d rather cook than bake…my signature drink is Jack Daniels and Coke…and the only Boss I will ever listen to is Bruce Springsteen.