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Kelly Bishop

Also Credited As: Carole Bishop

Birth Place: Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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Kelly Bishop BIO

After working for a dozen years as a dancer, Kelly Bishop's breakout role was Sheila in Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line for which she garnered Tony and Drama Desk awards. Broadway plays include Neil Simon's Proposals, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Six Degrees of Separation at Lincoln Center. Favorite films include An Unmarried Woman, Dirty Dancing and Miami Rhapsody. Television work has consisted of several unsold pilots, numerous guest appearances and seven years as Emily Gilmore on "The Gilmore Girls."

Kelly Bishop Photos


Roundabout Revival, 2011
Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt [Replacement]


[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1999
Vera Charles

Original Broadway Production, 1997
Annie Robbins

Boo Levy [Replacement]

Grace Hoylard


Phyllis [Replacement]

Grace Duncan

Original Broadway Production, 1990
Ouisa [Replacement]



Original Broadway Production, 1986
Bea (Standby)

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1980


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1976
Sheila [Replacement]

Broadway Transfer, 1975
Sheila Bryant [Replacement]

Kelly Bishop Movies

Step Out of Your Mind
[ 1966 ] Missy Linden
An Unmarried Woman
[ 1978 ] Elaine
Advice to the Lovelorn
[ 1981 ] Rita Borden
O'Hara's Wife
[ 1982 ] Beth Douglas
The Recovery Room
[ 1985 ] Kaye Brenner
[ 1986 ] Tutor Nover
Dirty Dancing
[ 1987 ] Marjorie Houseman
Me and Him
[ 1988 ] Eleanor Aramis
Ruth Harper
[ 1991 ]
Queens Logic
[ 1991 ] Maria
Six Degrees of Separation
[ 1993 ] Adele
Cafe Society
[ 1995 ] Mrs. Jelke
Miami Rhapsody
[ 1995 ] Zelda
Private Parts
[ 1997 ] Ray Stern
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception
[ 1999 ] Sylvia Weinstein
Blue Moon
[ 2000 ] Peggy's Mother
Wonder Boys
[ 2000 ] Amanda Leer
A Novel Romance
[ 2011 ] Lily Sparks
Friends with Kids
[ 2011 ] Marcy Fryman
Saint Janet
[ 2014 ] Janet
Dangerous Liaisons
[ 2014 ] Lucille Julien
The Salzburg Story
[ 2018 ] The Lady
Art of Falling in Love
[ 2019 ] Iris

Kelly Bishop TV Shows

Hawaii Five-O
Charlene Jenkins
Hart to Hart
The New Odd Couple
Kate & Allie
As the World Turns
Grace Westcott Andrews
The Thorns
Ginger Thorn
The Baby-Sitters Club
Flora Tronell
Law & Order
Marian Borland
Murphy Brown
Connie Silverberg
All My Children
[ 1992-1995 ] Freida Landau
My Wildest Dreams
Gloria James
One Life to Live
[ 1989-1996 ] Dr. Robbins, Serena Wyman
Gilmore Girls
[ 2000-2007 ] Emily Gilmore
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
[ 2000-2009 ] Julia Zimmer, Registrar
Army Wives
Jean Calhoun
Lauren Kempton
[ 2012-2013 ] Fanny Flowers
Flesh and Bone
Mrs. Hawthorn
The Good Wife
[ 2010-2016 ] Bea Wilson, Mrs. Kent
Eleanor Lambert
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kelly Bishop Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Kelly Bishop, A Chorus Line

Kelly Bishop Videos

Kelly Bishop News

Kelly Bishop to Release 'The Third Gilmore Girl' Memoir This Fall; Will Explore A CHORUS LINE Role

Gilmore Girls star Kelly Bishop will publish her first memoir, 'The Third Gilmore Girl.' After dancing in Broadway musicals like Golden Rainbow, On the Town, and Promises, Promises, she won a Tony Award for originating the role of Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line. Much of the role was based on her life, which will be explored in the upcoming book.

Which Actors Have Done Multiple Broadway Shows Together?

This time, the reader question was: which actors have done multiple Broadway shows together?

Photos: DO40 Gather To Celebrate The Life Of Broadway's Lawrence Merritt

DO40 celebrated the life of board member Lawrence Merritt (Larry Merritt) on May 7th, 2023, who passed away in January. See photos from inside the event. 

Gideon Glick to Lead Ballet Drama Series From Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino

Giden Glick, David Alvarez, and more will lead Étoile, a new ballet drama series from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel writers' new series will also star Luke Kirby, Camille Cottin, Simon Callow, and Lou de Laâge. It has already received a two season order from Prime Video.

Sutton Foster, Darren Criss & More to Appear in MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Season Five

Sutton Foster, Darren Criss, Alexander Gemignani, and more will appear in the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The appearances will reunite Sutton, Strong and Gunn with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. After appearing in the series Bunheads, Foster previously recorded a rendition of 'I Enjoy Being a Girl' for Mrs. Maisel's third season.

Wake Up With BWW 3/21: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Adaptation, PARADE and SHUCKED Cast Albums, and More!

Top stories: A Brokeback Mountain stage adaptation is headed to London this spring, cast recordings have been announced for Parade and Shucked, Hadestown could be headed to London soon, and more!

Video: Watch THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Season Five Official Trailer

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel revealed the official trailer for the groundbreaking series' fifth and final season. The epic, hilarious, and emotional final season of this beloved series takes us through time for a spectacular send-off, featuring the return of some familiar faces—including Milo Ventimiglia and Kelly Bishop. Watch the video trailer now!

Have Any Broadway Musicals Ever Closed Before They Opened?

Broadway historian and self-proclaimed theatre nerd Jennifer Ashley Tepper is here to help with her new series, Broadway Deep Dive. This month, the reader question was: Have any Broadway musicals ever closed before they opened?

Freeform Sets GROWN-ISH & THE WATCHFUL EYE Premieres

Freeform announced the winter premiere dates for the series premiere of “The Watchful Eye” from Ryan Seacrest Productions and returning favorite “grown-ish.”Emily Fox ('Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist') is showrunner and executive producer of “The Watchful Eye.” Emmy®-nominated “grown-ish” returns for the second half of its fifth season.

Freeform Picks Up THE WATCHFUL EYE Drama Series

Emily Fox (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) is showrunner and executive producer. Ryan Seacrest Productions’ Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Jeffrey Reiner serve as executive producers with Reiner (“Dirty John”) directing the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Signature.

Wake Up With BWW 2/28: John Mulaney SNL Broadway Parody, Patti LuPone Tests Positive For COVID-19, and More

Today's top stories include a new Broadway parody on SNL, led by John Mulaney who hosted this week's episode! Plus, Patti LuPone has tested positive for COVID-19, and more.

Wake Up With BWW 2/25: PLAZA SUITE and FOR COLORED GIRLS Ticket Deals, and More!

Today's top stories include Plaza Suite's TodayTix mobile lottery, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf will offer $20.22 tickets today only, and more! Plus, Mrs. Doubtfire will soon return to Broadway and the casting team at The Telsey Office is holding a video open call for two of its small stars.

Broadway Actors You Should Know in THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

Check out BroadwayWorld's guide to Broadway actors in the fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and how you know them! The series features an impressive amount of Broadway talent, including returning cast members Tony Shalhoub, Stephanie Hsu, and Jane Lynch, and new guest stars like Gideon Glick, Kelly Bishop, and more.

Wake Up With BWW 2/8: FUNNY GIRL and PLAZA SUITE Casting, and More!

Today's top stories: Complete casting announced for Funny Girl and Plaza Suite, Amber Gray will depart Hadestown this month, and more!

VIDEO: Prime Video Shares THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Season Four Trailer

Prime Video released the official trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The new season stars Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle,Michael Zegen, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron, and Luke Kirby, featuring appearances by Kelly Bishop, Milo Ventimiglia, John Waters, and Jason Alexander.

A CHORUS LINE: La revolución musical que llega a Madrid

Por fin veremos en la capital la producción de Antonio Banderas y hacemos un repaso de su génesis.

BWW Interview: Krysta Rodriguez Talks Starring as Liza Minnelli in HALSTON, Working With Ewan McGregor & More!

Playing an icon is no easy feat, but Krysta Rodriguez takes it on as if she were born to step into the role of one of show business's greatest legends. The legend in question is EGOT-winner Liza Minnelli, who is at the heart of the new Netflix series 'Halston'. We spoke with Krysta Rodriguez about preparing to play Liza Minnelli and much more!

VÍDEO: Krysta Rodriguez canta por Liza Minnelli en HALSTON

HALSTON cuenta la historia del famoso diseñador de moda en el Nueva York de los 70 y 80

VIDEO: Watch Krysta Rodriguez Sing as Liza Minnelli in HALSTON

Krysta Rodriguez stars as Liza Minnelli in 'Halston,' a new Ryan Murphy limited series now on Netflix. Alongside Rodriguez and Ewan McGregor, the cast includes Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Rebecca Dayan as Elsa Peretti, Bill Pullman as David Mahoney, Vera Farmiga, Gian Franco Rodriguez, David Pittu, Sullivan Jones, and Kelly Bishop.

Hoy se estrena HALSTON, la nueva serie de Netflix

La biografía sobre el famoso diseñador de moda ya está disponible en la plataforma


How many Broadway shows has Kelly Bishop been in?

Kelly Bishop has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has Kelly Bishop been in?

Kelly Bishop has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Kelly Bishop been nominated for?

Kelly Bishop has been nominated for Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in A Chorus Line.

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