Lorelai Victoria Gilmore is a fictional character in the WB/CW television series Gilmore Girls. She was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, and is portrayed by Lauren Graham. She is the main protagonist for the length of the series's seven-year run from October, 2000, until May, 2007. Lorelai is a single mother of a teenage daughter, Rory. The problems of single parenthood and the tension between Lorelai and her wealthy parents, especially her controlling mother, Emily, form the main theme of the series story line. Subplots involve various financial difficulties, love interests and other domestic entanglements for both Lorelai and her daughter Rory.
Besides an on-again, off-again relationship with Christopher Hayden, Lorelai's had a few romantic relationships that included Max Medina (Scott Cohen), a teacher at Chilton to whom she was engaged; Alex Lesman (Billy Burke), an outdoorsy coffee house entrepreneur; Jason Stiles (Chris Eigeman), a childhood friend, and Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), the owner of Luke's Diner in Stars Hollow, with whom she always had a strong connection. Over the years, as she frequented Luke's Diner, they became close friends and eventually fell in love. Although Luke and Lorelai were engaged for close to a year, different complications caused them to split up temporarily. Lorelai is often included on lists of top "TV moms". Graham has received several nominations for her performance on the show, winning two Teen Choice Awards. She was also nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2000 and 2001 and for a Golden Globe Award in 2002.
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... Willa Paskin of PopMatters wrote Lorelai is "perhaps the most fully developed female character on television." The New York Times TV columnist Virginia Heffernan said the character was "painful and surprising ... Gilmore Girls Lorelai Gilmore ranked 5th ahead of classic television mothers Marion Cunningham, Caroline Ingalls and Carol Brady ... Lorelai ranked 14th, with 20 percent of respondents selecting her among their top 20 TV moms ...
... Lorelai Leigh "Rory" Gilmore, played by Alexis Bledel, is the only child of Lorelai Gilmore and the first-born daughter of Christopher Hayden, born on October 8, 1984 at 403 a.m ... Lorelai was later able to buy a house, where Rory spent her adolescent years ... Lorelai is forced to ask her parents for help to pay Chilton's tuition fees, ending their relative-estrangement since Rory's birth ...
... to the townspeople's general dislike, Lorelai and Rory's boyfriend Dean are particularly suspicious of him after each experience early confrontations with Jess’s risky behaviour and bad ... Lorelai and Jess do not warm to one another ... Rory’s grandmother Emily also questions Lorelai’s permission for the relationship when Jess’s first and last appearance at Friday night dinner is ...
... Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, is the only daughter of Richard and Emily Gilmore ... She is the mother of Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore ... Mia gives Lorelai a job as a maid and allows Lorelai and Rory to live in a converted potting shed behind the inn, where they live for most of Rory's early childhood ...
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