Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Now beginning its fifth season, Gilmore Girls has been honored with an AFI Award and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and was named New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. Series star Lauren Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and received two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild. Graham has also won two Family Television Awards. Series star Alexis Bledel has won a Young Artist Award and a Family Television Award. Gilmore Girls won a Family Television Award for New Series, and was named Best Family TV Drama Series by the Young Artist Awards, which also honored series star Keiko Agena in the supporting young actress category.
Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel, Tuck Everlasting), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter.
From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone. This defiant move -- along with Lorelai's fiercely independent nature -- caused a rift between her and her extremely proper, patrician, old-money parents, Emily (Kelly Bishop, Dirty Dancing) and Richard (Edward Herrmann, The Cat's Meow). However, Lorelai was forced to reconcile with them when she found herself in desperate need of money for Rory's tuition. At the end of season four, Lorelai and Rory were shocked when the stress caused by Richard's new business venture, not to mention the revelation that he was carrying on a secret friendship with an old flame, caused Emily to reevaluate the marriage. The elder Gilmores are now separated, and Richard has moved out of the house - although only as far as the pool house.
As season five unfolds, both Lorelai and Rory are once again facing major life changes. Lorelai's dream of opening an inn with her best friend and fabulous chef Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) has finally come true. As happy as she is with the new venture, Lorelai will face one challenge after another as she learns that being your own boss is more stressful than it sounds. The biggest surprise in Lorelai's life, however, is that her longstanding friendship with Luke Danes (Scott Patterson, Little Big League) has suddenly turned into a romance that will continue to blossom in the months ahead. Though Lorelai and Luke try to keep their relationship a secret, the whole town soon knows they are a couple, and the reappearance of Rory's father, Christopher (David Sutcliffe, I'm with Her) in Stars Hollow only adds to the drama.
Rory had her own romantic complications last season when she slept with her former boyfriend Dean (Jared Padalecki, Cheaper by the Dozen, House of Wax), even though he is a married man. After spending the summer in Europe with her grandmother, Emily, Rory returns to Stars Hollow, ready to try to figure out what kind of relationship she and Dean really have. As her second year at Yale begins, Rory will become even more involved in the college newspaper, and she will meet an intriguing young man named Logan (Matt Czuchry, Eight-Legged Freaks), who comes from the same old-money world as her grandparents.
GILMORE, Lorelai Victoria
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 own inn.
The Lovely Lorelai
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 ¨C socialite mother Emily Gilmore and father Richard þu 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.