Though she’s well-known for her other roles—originating Sheila in A Chorus Line, Baby’s mom in Dirty Dancing—Kelly Bishop, who turns 68 today, is perhaps most recognized for her recent turn as Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Known for being persistently proper and a little bit stubborn, Emily Gilmore could throw down when she wanted to get her way and melt down when she didn’t. Here are six of her best moments.
When furious at her husband, Richard, Emily shops—’til Rory and Lorelei drop.
The only person who can go toe-to-toe with Emily is her despised mother-in-law. Here, she freaks out over an impending visit.
Emily the Six-Year-Old
Sometimes Emily becomes jealous. When this happens, all flowers should be removed from the house.
In one of Emily Gilmore’s most hilarious moments, she explains why she needs a panic room.
Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out
In an epic smackdown in season six, Emily tries to ground 21-year-old Rory, who is working for Emily’s beloved DAR.
When Rory finally graduates from Yale—and is about to be proposed to by Logan—Emily lectures Lorelei about “using her pull.”