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Whatever Happened To "Emily Gilmore" From 'Gilmore Girls'?

Kelly Bishop played the role of "Emily Gilmore" in Gilmore Girls. What is she up to now?
October 26, 2019 - 13:30 / Sarah Schulz

Actress Kelly Bishop starred as "Emily Gilmore" on Gilmore Girls from 2000 to 2007. She also starred as "Baby's" mother "Marjorie Houseman" in Dirty Dancing. We found ourselves wondering, what the talented actress has been doing lately...  

Kelly Bishop was born on February 28th, 1944 and made her mark as "Lorelai's" (Lauren Graham) mother on Gilmore Girls. Before that however, she had her big break when she was cast as "Sheila" in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line and she even won a Tony Award for her performance in 1976. Bishop also starred as Jennifer Grey's mother in the classic film Dirty Dancing (1987) after being originally cast in a smaller role for the movie.

Kelly Bishop arrives at The WB Networks' Gilmore Girls 100th episode party at The Space on December 4, 2004
 

Kelly Bishop after Gilmore Girls

Since the 75-year-old actress' time on Gilmore Girls, she has had a few other roles in television and on the big screen. She starred in two episodes of Law & Order: SVU as "Julia Zimmer" in 2008 and 2009, four episodes as "Lauren Kempton" on Mercy (2010), a main role in Bunheads as "Fanny Flowers" from 2012 to 2013, and two episodes as "Bea Wilson" in The Good Wife. Bishop also reprised her role as "Emily Gilmore" in the Netflix special Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016).

Kelly Bishop does theatre

In terms of film, she had roles in Friends with Kids (2011), A Novel Romance (2011) and Saint Janet (2014) after her time on Gilmore Girls. Kelly has also had one theatre role in the 2011 production of Anything Goes as the role of "Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt" until 2012. The actress seems to have slowed down in the entertainment industry and is enjoying retirement.

Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop attend the "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" 500th performance celebration on January 13, 2011
 

Kelly Bishop's Personal Life

Kelly Bishop was married to the television talk show host Lee Leonard from 1981 until his death in 2018. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey and has no children.