Kelly Bishop Set To Release Memoir, 'The Third Gilmore Girl'

Kelly Bishop starred as Emily Gilmore in Gilmore Girls in 2000, with her upcoming memoir aptly named, honoring the series.

American actress/dancer Kelly Bishop has played a lot of prominent roles in her years in the entertainment industry. One of these roles include her famous stint as Emily Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (2000) and Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life (2016), the matriarch of the family. This year, she will release a memoir honoring the series through its title, The Third Gilmore Girl.

She will release her book through Gallery Books according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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The Third Gilmore Girl

People reported Bishop released a statement saying the book entails her first steps onto a Broadway stage up to the town of Stars Hollow. The latter was where the series was set, a quaint little town where Emily’s (Bishop) daughter and granddaughter, Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) lived. 

Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, and Kelly Bishop in Gilmore Girls, playing as Rory, Lorelei, and Emily Gilmore
Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, and Kelly Bishop in Gilmore Girls, playing as Rory, Lorelei, and Emily Gilmore/Photo via Instagram @gilmoregirls

Simon & Schuster’s website said the memoir spanned the actress’ six decades in show business. It contains her life starring in A Chorus Line and Dirty Dancing, apart from Gilmore Girls and other projects. She opens up too about her transition from dance to drama.

The book delves into her personal tragedies too. She married young to a gambler, promoted women’s rights, lost her second husband to cancer, and more. Her memoir contains her other losses and achievements and a genuine celebration of her life.

Kelly Bishop celebrates her life through her memoir, The Third Gilmore Girl
Kelly Bishop celebrates her life through her memoir, The Third Gilmore Girl/Photo from Simon & Schuster’s website

“I am excited to take my fans along with me through the story of my life,” she said.

Memoir editor Hannah Braaten said Bishop’s long career encompassed numerous iconic moments and characters. “I’m thrilled to be the one to bring her whole life’s story to her countless fans,” she said.

Noteworthy roles

The celebrated actress once spent time as a dancer for Broadway productions like A Chorus Line, On The Town, Bus Stop, Proposals, and more. 

She bore memorable roles in movies and television shows: Art Of Falling In Love, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Watchful Eye, among others. Her most notable role to date is her Gilmore Girls stint.

A report from People revealed she thought her character had faults and is actually funny “if you don’t have to live with her.

Rory, Emily, Lorelei, and Richard Gilmore
Rory, Emily, Lorelei, and Richard Gilmore/Photo via Instagram @gilmoregirls

Bishop left a lasting impression on audiences and had a significant influence on pop culture. Her portrayal in diverse projects highlighted her immense prowess in acting and adapting in each role she plays. Her memoir will provide insights behind the woman behind her characters and how she delivers impactful performances.

Releasing soon

Bishop’s memoir, The Third Gilmore Girl, is slated for release this September. Simon & Schuster said the book is warm, unapologetic, and spirited, with words from an influential and talented woman who has “no plans on slowing down.”

She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Chorus Line in 1976. The actress also snagged Best Supporting Actress for comedy in the OFTA Television Awards.

Kelly Bishop won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1976.

Banner photo via Instagram @gilmoregirls.

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