Kelly Bishop Bio, Age, Wiki, Net worth, Height, Parents, Nationality, TV Shows and Movies, Dirty Dancing

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Kelly Bishop Biography and Wiki

Kelly Bishop ( born Carole Bishop) is a famous  American actress and dancer best known for her roles as Matriarch Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and as Marjorie Houseman in Dirty Dancing, the mother of Jennifer Grey’s Frances “Baby” Houseman. Bishop played Sheila in A Chorus Line, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

Kelly Bishop Age

How old is Kelly? Bishop is 78 years old as of  2022. She was born Carole Bishop on 28th February 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.

Kelly Bishop Nationality

Kelly is an American national and citizen by birth. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United State of America. She is of mixed ethnicity/heritage/ancestry. ALSO READ: Grant Achatz

Kelly Bishop Height and Measurements

Her height is not yet disclosed. Nevertheless, she has not shared more data concerning her other body measurements in the public domain. Moreover, we will update this section once the data are provided.

Kelly Bishop’s Parents and Family| Father and Mother

She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United State of America.  The daughter of Jane Lenore and Lawrence Boden Bishop.

Kelly Bishop Husband and Married

She was previously married to late TV talk show host Lee Leonard. They married in 1981, but her beloved husband died in 2018. They were both blessed with a daughter named Norma Sheryl Leonard. Before marrying her husband, she dated Peter Miller.

Kelly Bishop Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film, where she starred in as Marjorie Houseman, it tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort.

Kelly Bishop Career

Her first job was as a dancer in a year-round ballet company at Radio City Music Hall. Bishop continued to perform in Las Vegas, summer stock,, and on television until she was cast in her first Broadway role, Golden Rainbow, in 1967. Bishop got her big break when she was cast as the sexy, tough-guy Sheila in the 1975 Broadway production of A Chorus Line, for which she won the 1976 Tony Award for “Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical)” as well as the 1976 Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Musical.” She has also appeared on Broadway in Six Degrees of Separation, Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Bus Stop.

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In Paul Mazursky’s big-screen drama An Unmarried Woman, she was cast opposite Jill Clayburgh (1978). She was originally cast in a minor role in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing but took on the much larger role of Mrs. Houseman when the original actor, Lynne Lipton, fell ill during the first week of filming. Bishop went on to play a “mom” to two high-profile stars in films: Howard Stern in Betty Thomas’s 1997 comedy Private Parts, and Tobey Maguire in Wonder Boys (2000). Ich und Er (USA: Me and Him, 1988), Queens Logic (1991), Café Society (1995), Miami Rhapsody (1995), and Blue Moon (1995) are among his other film credits (2002).

Bishop appeared on television in Mike Nichols’ The Thorns, alongside Tony Roberts and Marilyn Cooper. On My Wildest Dreams, she portrayed Lisa Ann Walter’s mother. She has appeared as a guest star on Kate & Allie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Murphy Brown. Bishop portrayed wealthy New England matriarch Emily Gilmore in The WB/CW series Gilmore Girls. She appeared in the Netflix miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 2016. She would later reunite with the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, on the ABC Family show Bunheads, which was cancelled after one season. Bishop returned to the stage in 2008, appearing in Becky Shaw at the Second Stage Theatre and briefly as Evangeline Harcourt in the 2011 revival.

Kelly Bishop Net worth

Kelly the American actress has an estimated net worth of around $4 million.

Kelly Bishop TV Shows and Movies


  • 2014 Saint Janet
  • 2011 Friends with Kids
  • 2011 A Novel Romance
  • 2000 Blue Moon
  • 2000 Wonder Boys
  • 1999 My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception
  • 1997 Private Parts
  • 1995 Miami Rhapsody
  • 1995 Cafe Society
  • 1993 Six Degrees of Separation
  • 1991 Queens Logic
  • 1988 Me and Him
  • 1987 Dirty Dancing
  • 1986 Solarbabies
  • 1982 O’Hara’s Wife
  • 1978 An Unmarried Woman
  • 1966 Step Out of Your Mind


  • 2022 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • 2021 Halston
  • 2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  • 2015 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • 2015 Flesh and Bone
  • 2015–2016 The Good Wife
  • 2012–2013 Bunheads
  • 2010 Mercy
  • 2010 The Good Wife
  • 2009 Army Wives
  • 2008–2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2000–2007 Gilmore Girls
  • 1996 One Life to Live
  • 1995 All My Children
  • 1995 My Wildest Dreams
  • 1992 ABC Afterschool Special
  • 1992 Law & Order
  • 1992 Murphy Brown
  • 1990 The Baby-Sitters Club
  • 1989 One Life to Live
  • 1988 The Thorns
  • 1987 As the World Turns
  • 1985 The Recovery Room
  • 1984 Kate & Allie
  • 1983 The New Odd Couple
  • 1982 Hart to Hart
  • 1981 Advice to the Lovelorn
  • 1976 Hawaii Five-0