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GILMORE, Lorelai Victoria
(Gilmore Girls)
Stars Hollow, CT

Lorelai lives in a quaint community of green lawns and clapboard houses known as Stars Hollow (pop. 9,973). She is a 32-year-old single parent, headstrong, addicted to coffee [“she's 90% water and 10% caffeine“] and the daughter of very rich parents. Unfortunately, Lorelai didn’t appreciate her controlling mother and so after she got pregnant at 16 by a guy named Christopher Hayden, Lorelai left home to make it on her own. She started as a maid, then earned a management position at the nearby Independence Inn. One day, Lorelei dreams of opening her inn.

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore

Lorelai’s daughter, Lorelai “Rory“ Leigh Gilmore is now 16-years-old and Lorelai (her mother) is trying her best to be a friend to her daughter and avoid the traditional parental role. Rory is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and many people in town mistake the two Lorelai's for sisters.

Rory's best friend is Lane Kim, a Korean-American teenager (and drummer in a rock band) who goes to Rory’s old school Stars Hollow High School. Rory's boyfriends are Dean (her first), and Jess (Luke's nephew)..

Lorelai’s parents – socialite mother Emily Gilmore and father Richard  ooze of an old money heritage. They run with the upper crust while Lorelai hangs with a seemingly happy class of bohemians like Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s best friend and chef at the Independence Inn; Luke Danes, the owner of Luke’s Coffee Shop; and Patricia LaCosta [a.k.a. Miss Patty], the local dance instructor and social gossip who likes to play matchmaker with Lorelai.

Meanwhile, all was well in Lorelai’s life until her straight "A" student daughter got accepted to the prestigious Chilton Preparatory school in nearby Hartford.

To get enough cash to enroll Rory, Lorelai begrudgingly agrees to take money from her estranged parents so that Harvard hopeful Rory can attend Chilton Prep. In exchange for the cash, Lorelai and Rory must have dinner every Friday with the grandparents and keep them abreast of what‘s going on in their life. It’s a tough call for Lorlelai, but the arrangement let’s Rory get to know her grandparents and possibly lets Lorelai learn to better understand her mom and dad.

Lorelai's romantic interests included Max Medina (Lorelai declined his offer of marriage), and Luke Danes, her long time friend and confidant.

TRIVIA NOTE: Lorelai has size 9 shoes. Twinkies are her favorite snack food. Lorelai's major concern in life: That Rory not follow in her footsteps and get pregnant too young.

Lorelai & Rory Standing

Lorelai & Rory on Swing

Snapshots of Lorelai Gilmore with her daughter, Rory
Photographs courtesy of The WB/Warner Brothers

Some Stars Hollow Quotes 

Paris: Stars Hollow High School.
Louise: Where's that?
Paris: Drive west, make a left at the haystacks, and follow the cows.


Lorelai: Hey, you didn't wake me up.
Rory:  I set the clock.
Lorelai: Yes, but see, the clock stops ringing once I throw it against the wall giving me ample time to fall back to sleep. You, however, never stop yapping no matter how hard I throw you, thus insuring the wake up process.


Lorelai: (to Rory) You can't help who you're attracted to, like Billy Bob Thorton and Angelina Jolie.


Lorelai: (to Rory) No… this is your party. You do not work - you lounge and mock those who are. Have I taught you nothing?


Lorelai: Hey, I have kind of a crazy idea.
Rory: Those are never comforting words coming from you.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Victoria Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as  Rory Gilmore
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Jared Padalecki as Dean
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Alex Borstein as Drella
Scott Cohen as Max Medina
Shelly Cole as Madeline
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Melville
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Charleston
Chad Michael Murray as Tristan DuGrey
Teal Redmann as  Louise Grant
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden

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