Kelly Bishop

Biography

Kelly Bishop (born Carole Bishop on February 28, 1944) is an American actress. Bishop was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Jane Lenore and Lawrence Boden Bishop. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she trained to be a ballet dancer, attending the American Ballet Theatre School and the San Jose Ballet School.[1] At eighteen, she headed to New York and landed her first job dancing in a year-round ballet company at Radio City Music Hall. Bishop continued to dance in Las Vegas, summer stock and on television until she was cast in 1967 in Golden Rainbow, her first Broadway role. [edit] Career Bishop's big break came when she was cast as the sexy, hard-edged Sheila in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Her performance earned her the 1976 Tony Award as "Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical)", as well as the 1976 Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Musical". She also acted in the Broadway productions of Six Degrees of Separation, Neil Simon's Proposals, the Tony Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Bus Stop. It wasn't long before she was cast opposite Jill Clayburgh in Paul Mazursky's big-screen drama An Unmarried Woman (1978). She went on to play "mom" to several high-profile stars in numerous features: Jennifer Grey's in the box-office hit Dirty Dancing (1987), Howard Stern's in the Betty Thomas-directed comedy Private Parts (1997), and Tobey Maguire's in Wonder Boys (2000). Her additional feature credits include Ich und Er (USA: Me and Him, 1988), Queens Logic (1991), Café Society (1995), Miami Rhapsody (1995) and Blue Moon (2002). On television, Bishop starred in the Mike Nichols' series The Thorns and plays Lisa Ann Walter's mother on My Wildest Dreams. She has guest-starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Murphy Brown. From 2000 to 2007, Bishop starred in the CW Television Network series Gilmore Girls as the third "girl," Emily Gilmore. Emily is the mother of Lorelai and grandmother of Rory. She plays a wealthy woman who is obsessed with the "proper" New England Society lifestyle. She focuses mainly on charitable functions and how other people view her.

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Birth Name

Carole Bishop

Birth Place

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Birth Date

2/28/1944
Known For
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Ich und Er

Eleanor Aramis

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Art of Falling in Love

Iris

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Gilmore Girls - Sæson 1

Emily Gilmore (154 episodes, 2000-2007)

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Blue Moon

Peggy's Mother

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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O'Hara's Wife

Beth Douglas

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An Unmarried Woman

Elaine

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Miami Rhapsody

Zelda

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Queens Logic

Maria

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Solarbabies

Tutor Nover

Starring In
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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Art of Falling in Love

Iris

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Friends with Kids

Marcy Fryman

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Wonder Boys

Amanda Leer

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Blue Moon

Peggy's Mother

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Gilmore Girls - Sæson 1

Emily Gilmore (154 episodes, 2000-2007)

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Private Parts

Ray Stern

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Miami Rhapsody

Zelda

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Queens Logic

Maria

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Ich und Er

Eleanor Aramis

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Dirty Dancing

Marjorie Houseman

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Solarbabies

Tutor Nover

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O'Hara's Wife

Beth Douglas

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An Unmarried Woman

Elaine

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