Kelly Bishop

Birth Name

Carole Bishop




Febuary 28, 1944





Years Active



Peter Miller (divorced)
Lee Leonard (1981-present)


Fanny Flowers

Kelly Bishop is an American stage and television actress, singer and dancer. Kelly bishop currently stars on the ABC Family program Bunheads as Fanny Flowers.


Kelly was born Carole Bishop in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bishop trained as a ballet dancer and attended the American Ballet Theatre and the San Jose Ballet School. Bishop continued dancing until her first broadway role in 1967. She won her first Tony Award for "Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical)" and the "Outstanding Sctress in a Musical" Drama Desk Award in 1976 for her role as Sheila in A Chorus Line. Bishop started appearing in films later, one being Dirty Dancing as orginally Vivian Pressman, however actress Lynn Lipton fell ill and Bishop took over her role as Marjorie Houseman. Bishop continued to appear in several film and television programs as both a guest and main star. Bishop started starring in Gilmore Girls in 2000. She potrayed the mother of Lorelai Gilmore and continued to play her role until 2007. Bishop performed in the 2011 revivial of Anything Goes with Sutton Foster. Later in 2012, she rejoined forces with Sutton Foster and currently stars beside her Bunheads.




Role Year
Step Out of Your Mind Missy Linden 1966
An Unmarried Woman Elaine 1973
Advice to the Lovelorn Rita Borden 1981
O'Hara's Wife Beth Douglas 1982
The Recovery Room Kaye Brenner 1985
Solarbabies Tutor Nover 1986

Dirty Dancing

Marjorie Houseman 1987
Ich und Er Elanor Aramis 1988
Queen's Logic Maria 1991
Six Degrees of Seperation Adele 1993
Miami Rhapsody Zelda 1995
Cafe Society Mrs. Jelke 1995
Private Parts Ray Stern 1997
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception Sylvia Wienstein 1999
Blue Moon Peggy's Mother 2000
Wonder Boys Amanda Leer 2000
Friends with Kids Marcy Fryman 2011
A Novel Romance Lily Sparks 2011


Title Role Year
Hawaii Five-O Char 1976
The New Odd Couple Charity 1983
Kate & Allie Paulette 1984
As the World Turns Grace Wescott Andrews 1987
The Thorns Ginger Thorn 1988
One Life to Live Dr. Robbins/Serena Wyman 1989
The Baby-Sitters Club Flora 1990
ABC Afterschool Special Roxanne Holden 1992
Law & Order Marian Borland 1992
Murphy Brown Connie Silverberg 1992
My Wildest Dreams Gloria James 1995
All My Children Freida Landau 1995
Gilmore Girls Emily Gilmore


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Julia Zimmer/Registrar 2000-2009
Army Wives Jean Calhoun 2009
Mercy Lauren Kempton 2010
The Good Wife Mrs. Kent 2010
Bunheads Fanny Flowers 2012-2013
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Emily Gilmore 2016

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