Kelly Bishop

Active - 1978 - 2012  |   Born - Feb 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Romance

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An award-winning stage actress, Kelly Bishop occasionally dabbles in television and feature films. Bishop's accolades, a Tony and a Drama Desk award, came from her outstanding work in the original Broadway version of A Chorus Line. Her television work includes two stints on the television soap opera One Life to Live (she played Serena Wyman in 1989, Dr. Robbins in 1996) and guest-starring roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her film credits include Six Degrees of Separation ([1993] she also appeared in the original stage version), Miami Rhapsody (1995), and Private Parts (1997), in which Bishop played the mother of shock jock Howard Stern.

At the beginning of the 21ast century she enjoyed long run as Emily Gilmore on the TV series Gilmore Girls, and five years after that show ended she returned to the big screen with a part in the comedy Friends With Kids.

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  • Left for New York City at 18 and joined the Corps de Ballet at Radio City Music Hall.
  • Did a stint in Las Vegas in the mid-1960s as a showgirl.
  • Won her 1976 Tony for A Chorus Line under her birth name, Carole Bishop.
  • Was Stockard Channing's understudy in the Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation.
  • Is an animal-rights activist.