Born on December 19, 1985, in Kalispell, Montana, Shane Bitney Crone grew up with the nickname “Motor Mouth.” Now that name seems even more appropriate in light of his recent YouTube video, which went viral with almost three million hits. From a young age, Shane has used his considerable voice on behalf of good causes, inspiring others through his talent and actions. In Montana, he also regularly performed at the Missoula Children’s Theater International Performing Arts Camp. During high school, he was active in the community and was awarded Student of the Year for his leadership.
Shane worked part time to earn money so he could pursue his dream of moving to Los Angeles after graduation. Armed with this money and with all of his worldly belongings in the trunk of his car, Shane headed to California without a job, but with an abundance of ambition and willingness to work hard. He soon landed a position on Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant and was subsequently promoted to talent coordinator.
In 2005, Shane met his partner, Tom Bridegroom. Shane and Tom started a social media/public relations company, Bridegroom and Bitney, in 2008. In 2011, the devastating accident which took Tom’s life, turned Shane’s world upside down. Shane has now vowed to devote himself to the cause of marriage equality and is currently entertaining speaking requests from around the world. Shane partnered with “Designing Women” creator and director and producer of the critically acclaimed “Man from Hope,” Linda Bloodworth Thomason, in order to make a documentary film about his and Tom’s life together and what happened in the aftermath of Tom’s death. The film will be entitled Bridegroom, An American Love Story.