Leslie Bennetts is a veteran journalist who began her newspaper career at The Philadelphia Bulletin, where she won many awards for writing and reporting, and then spent ten years as a reporter at The New York Times. The first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign for The Times, she also covered metropolitan news, City Hall, Style and cultural news in addition to national politics. Bennetts left The Times for Vanity Fair, where she spent 24 years as a contributing editor and wrote many of the magazine’s best-known movie star cover stories as well as investigative articles on subjects ranging from priest pedophilia to the nation’s war against drugs. At the beginning of her career, she was also a reporter for The Washington Star, a radio host and television correspondent in Philadelphia, the executive editor of Popular Dogs Magazine, and editor of a music trade magazine. Bennetts started covering so-called “women’s issues” in the 1970s and has continued to write about women, marriage, and families ever since.


Vanity Fair

Bennetts wrote many of Vanity Fair’s best-known cover stories, including profiles of Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Natalie Portman, Demi Moore, Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, Katherine Heigl, Teri Hatcher, Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, and Kim Basinger in addition to articles on Hillary Clinton, Michele Obama, Elton John, Peter Beard, Jerry Lewis, Petra Nemcova, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith, Christiane Amanpour, priest pedophilia, the post-9/11 crackdown on dissent, the U.S. war on drugs, U.S. anti-terrorism policy, and other subjects ranging from political corruption to murder. 

Bennetts’ articles have also been published in Town & Country, Columbia Journalism Review, New York Magazine, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, More, Departures, House & Garden, Worth, Family Life, Parents, Child, Parenting, The Nation, Women’s Day, Tango, Modern Bride, Glamour, Self, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Lear’s, Mirabella, Family PC, and The Daily Beast, among many other places.


Selected Vanity Fair Stories