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What Happened to Kelly Bishop? What the Third ‘Gilmore Girl’ is Doing Now

What Happened to Kelly Bishop? What the Third ‘Gilmore Girl’ is Doing Now

Kelly Bishop has had quite a career, one which includes her role as matriarch Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Fans of The WB/CW show ran on television between 2000-07, showing the Gilmore family members involved in storylines. Of course, Bishop has her fans from this show yet her career spans a whole lot more than this one show.

Bishop, 80, made a splash onto the Broadway scene thanks to A Chorus Line. She played hard-edged Sheila, a role that brought her a Tony Award in 1976. Yet Bishop also had some pretty cool movie roles to her name. Among them included appearing as Marjorie Houseman in Dirty Dancing, the mother of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey).

What was her life like when she was 28 years old? Bishop answers that question in an interview from 2022 with Bustle. “The idea of being a dancer on Broadway in a hit show was really good,” she said. “It was really cool. Still is. That was it, just being a professional dancer. Made me proud.”

As for her television career, Bishop caught her first break on the original Hawaii Five-O series starring Jack Lord. She had a starring role in The Thorns in 1988, which was created by Mike Nichols. Other TV roles besides Gilmore Girls included Kate & Allie, Murphy Brown, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Kelly Bishop Played Several Motherly Roles

Kelly Bishop also scored big by playing numerous mother roles. She played Howard Stern’s mother in his movie Private Parts and Tobey Maguire’s in Wonder Boys.

Gilmore Girls fans also were treated to seeing Bishop reprise her role as Emily in the miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. That aired in 2016. Other fans followed her to play Benedetta in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

What, though, is she doing now? Bishop has announced that she will be releasing her memoir, The Third Gilmore Girl. “From my first steps onto a Broadway stage, to the town of Stars Hollow, I am excited to take my fans along with me through the story of my life,” Bishop said in a statement, People reports.

Readers can look for The Third Gilmore Girl to have Bishop talk about behind-the-scenes stories from her career. Bishop also will be sharing some life lessons from the world of show business.

She started her career as a dancer on Broadway, then moved into other areas of entertainment. But Bishop also will talk about the more intimate aspects of her life. This includes looking at her marriages. She also will talk about losing her second husband to cancer.

New Book Offers Look At Bishop’s Career

The book’s description informs people that this will be a “rich, genuine celebration” from her life. “Kelly Bishop’s long career in show business includes so many indelible moments and characters, and I’m thrilled to be the one to bring her whole life’s story to her countless fans,” editor Hannah Braaten said.

Bishop’s fans or those who just love Gilmore Girls can be on the lookout for this book. It will be released later in 2024.

Still, Gilmore Girls remains popular with the show’s fans. And Bishop’s book probably will get a lot of attention from those who have followed her career for years.