Kelly Bishop Net Worth

Kelly Bishop Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Carole Bishop net worth is
$4 million

Carole Bishop Wiki Biography

Carole “Kelly” Bishop was born on 28 February 1944, in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA, and is a dancer and actress, probably best known for being part of the series “Gilmore Girls” as Emily Gilmore. She’s been active in the industry since 1962, and all of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Kelly Bishop? As of mid-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $4 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. She won a Tony Award for her creation and performance of the role Sheila in “A Chorus Line”. She was also part of the film “Dirty Dancing”, and the TV series “Bunheads”. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Kelly Bishop Net Worth $4 million

Kelly grew up in Denver, Colorado and during her time there, trained to be a ballet dancer, but she attended the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York, and later the San Jose Ballet School in California. At the age of 18, she then decided to move to New York City permanently to pursue a career in ballet, and became a part of a ballet company at Radio City Music Hall. She also worked as a dancer in Las Vegas, before and eventually finding her way to acting, initially appearing in summer stock. Soon, television opportunities would open up for her too, until she was cast in her first Broadway role in a production of “Golden Rainbow” which was showcased in 1967. Her net worth was established.

Bishop eventually got her breakthrough when she was cast as Sheila in the Broadway production of “A Chorus Line”, which earned her a Tony and Drama Desk Awards for “Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical)” in 1976. Her net worth started to increase significantly as more opportunities opened up for her. Soon she would appear in other productions including “Six Degrees of Separation, The Last Night of Ballyhoo”, and “Bus Stop”. Two years later, she was cast in her first big role in film in “An Unmarried Woman” opposite Jill Clayburgh, then in 1987, in the film “Dirty Dancing” – she was only supposed to have a minor role in the film but was later cast as Mrs. Houseman when Lynne Lipton opted out of the role due to sickness.

Kelly continued to appear in a string of high profile projects which helped build her net worth; some of these included “Private Parts’, “Wonder Boys” and “Blue Moon”. She also made frequent television appearances, including in “The Thorns” in which she acted alongside Marilyn Cooper. She has also made guest appearances in various popular television shows including “Law & Order”, “Kate & Allie”, and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. In 2000, she would then be cast in the series “Gilmore Girls” as the matriarch Emily Gilmore, a role she would hold until the end of the series in 2007, significantly raising her net worth.

In 2008, Bishop returned to stage in the production of “Becky Shaw”, then made a brief performance in the revival of “Anything Goes”. A few of her latest projects have include “Bunheads” which was cancelled after one season. In 2016, she reprised her role of Emily Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” which aired on Netflix.

For her personal life, it is known that Kelly was firstly married to Peter Miller but they eventually divorced. She has been married to television talk show host Lee Leonard since 1981, and they reside in South Orange, New Jersey.

Full NameKelly Bishop
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 28, 1944
Place Of BirthColorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Height5' 6" (1.68 m)
ProfessionActress, Soundtrack
SpouseLee Leonard
ParentsLawrence Boden Bishop, Jane Lenore
AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
NominationsSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Musical or Comedy Series
MoviesDirty Dancing, An Unmarried Woman, Private Parts, Friends with Kids, Wonder Boys, Me and Him, Miami Rhapsody, A Novel Romance, Six Degrees of Separation, Queens Logic, Saint Janet, O'Hara's Wife, My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception
TV ShowsGilmore Girls, Bunheads, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, The Thorns, My Wildest Dreams
1I would never be Emily's friend in real life. She's so opinionated and status quo - definitely not my kind of woman.
2I have played a couple of nice moms in my career [think Jennifer Grey's mom in the classic film Dirty Dancing] but, in my opinion, playing nice is a complete bore! The nastier they are the more fun they are [as in Howard Stern's mom in Private Parts, perhaps?].
3My friends and neighbors get such a kick out of watching me on television and in movies. They see me do and say things that I would never even think of doing in my real life. They just think it is hysterical, especially when I play mean.
4My relationship with Lauren is nothing like the roles we play on the show. I am just crazy about my girls. Practically from the moment [Lauren and I] met, we had an instant connect. We never even had to discuss what we wanted to do with our roles. It's as if we have this emotional shorthand.
1She lives with her husband and their beloved pets in South Orange, New Jersey. [October 2006]
2Trained in ballet, she attended the American Ballet Theatre and the San Jose Ballet schools.
3At age 18 she made it to New York and landed her first job dancing in a year-round ballet company at Radio City Music Hall.
4Made her Broadway debut in the musical "Golden Rainbow" in 1967, but scored big as the sexy, streetwise Sheila in the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line" with her contribution in the song "At the Ballet". The performance earned her Tony and Drama Desk awards in 1976.
5Made a strong film debut in mid-career as one of Jill Clayburgh's close friends in Paul Mazursky's well-received drama An Unmarried Woman (1978).
6Was originally cast in a minor part in the film Dirty Dancing (1987), but was then called upon to play a larger role when Lynn Lipton, the actress first cast as Baby's mother, became ill during the first week of shooting.
7Practices Pilates and aerobics and enjoys gardening and hiking.
8First worked with her "Chorus Line" director/choreographer Michael Bennett while appearing on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" in 1968.
9Was the first of the original cast members to leave "A Chorus Line".
10Won Broadway's 1976 Tony as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her performance as Sheila in the original production of "A Chorus Line."
11Her husband, Lee Leonard, is host of 'Jersey Talkin' on Channel 12, New Jersey. He was also the host of "Midday Live" a long-running local talk show on New York's WNYW-TV. Leonard was also an anchor at ESPN.
12She is an animal enthusiast.


All My Children1995TV SeriesFreida Landau
Miami Rhapsody1995Zelda
Six Degrees of Separation1993Adele
Murphy Brown1992TV SeriesConnie Silverberg
Law & Order1992TV SeriesMarian Borland
ABC Afterschool Specials1992TV SeriesRoxanne Holden
Queens Logic1991Maria
The Baby-Sitters Club1990TV SeriesFlora Tronell
Me and Him1988Eleanor Aramis
The Thorns1988TV SeriesGinger Thorn
Dirty Dancing1987Marjorie Houseman
Solarbabies1986Tutor Nover
The Recovery Room1985TV MovieKaye Brenner
Kate & Allie1984TV SeriesPaulette
The New Odd Couple1983TV SeriesCharity
O'Hara's Wife1982Beth Douglas
Hart to Hart1982TV SeriesLaura
Advice to the Lovelorn1981TV MovieRita Borden
An Unmarried Woman1978Elaine
Hawaii Five-O1976TV SeriesCharlene Jenkins
Step Out of Your Mind1966Missy Linden (as Carole Bishop)
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesGrace Wescott Andrews (1987)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life2016TV Mini-SeriesEmily Gilmore
The Good Wife2010-2016TV SeriesBea Wilson / Mrs. Kent
Flesh and Bone2015TV Mini-Series
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll2015TV SeriesElizabeth
Dangerous Liaisons2014TV MovieLucille Julien
Saint Janet2014Janet
Bunheads2012-2013TV SeriesFanny Flowers
A Novel Romance2011Lily Sparks
Friends with Kids2011Marcy Fryman
Mercy2010TV SeriesLauren Kempton
Army Wives2009TV SeriesJean Calhoun
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2000-2009TV SeriesJulia Zimmer / Registrar
Gilmore Girls2000-2007TV SeriesEmily Gilmore
Wonder Boys2000Amanda Leer
Blue Moon2000Peggy's Mother
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception1999Sylvia Wienstein
Private Parts1997Ray Stern
One Life to Live1989-1996TV SeriesDr. Robbins / Serena Wyman
My Wildest Dreams1995TV SeriesGloria James
Cafe Society1995Mrs. Jelke


Gilmore Girls2005-2007TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
Seriously Dirty Dancing2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life2007TV SeriesHerself
A Tribute to Jerry Orbach2007Video shortHerself
Gilmore Girls Backstage Special2004TV MovieHerself
Curtain Time1994TV SeriesHerself (1994-1995)
Donahue1990TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Every Little Step2008DocumentaryHerself

Won Awards

2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActressGilmore Girls (2000)

Nominated Awards

2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActressGilmore Girls (2000)
2005Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActressGilmore Girls (2000)
2005OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesGilmore Girls (2000)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesGilmore Girls (2000)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or MusicalGilmore Girls (2000)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesGilmore Girls (2000)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or MusicalGilmore Girls (2000)

Known for movies

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