Emily Gilmore is Lorelai's mother and therefore Rory's grandmother.  Emily had a limited relationship with her daughter as an adult, until they began to bond again with Rory needing money to get into Chilton Prep.

Emily was raises with a strict social code, attended Smith College, and is extremely wealthy.  As a result she is constantly disapproving of her daughter's choices.

Although she's happily married to Richard for most of the series, they have a separation during season five and end up back together.

Emily Gilmore Quotes

Rory: Grandma, I can't believe you found the recipe for Beefaroni.
Emily: It wasn't easy. Antonia thought I'd gone insane.
Lorelai: Well...
Emily: No one needs a comment from you.

Emily: (about the man that Lorelai got pregnant with at 16) Your father would have gotten him a job with his insurance business, and you two would be living a lovely life right now.
Lorelai: Christopher didn't want to be in the insurance business, and I am living a lovely life right now.
Emily: Oh yeah, far away from us.
Lorelai: Oh, here we go again.
Emily: You took that girl and completely shut us out of your life!
Lorelai: You wanted to control me.
Emily: You were still a child!
Lorelai: No, I stopped being a child the minute the strip turned pink, okay? I had to figure out a way to live. I found a good job.
Emily: As a maid! With all your brains and talent!
Lorelai: I worked my way up. I run the place now!

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Gilmore Girls Quotes

Emily: (about Luke) And how did he know that the bird was missing? What, was he strolling by your house and he heard your plaintive cries for help?
Lorelai: Mom.
Emily: Or the helpless cheep of a chick in trouble?
Lorelai: I called him, Mom. OK? I called him and asked him to come over and help me look for the bird. OK?
Emily: It seems like this man is always around when you're in trouble.
Lorelai: He's a good friend.
Emily: Oh, please.
Lorelai: Do we have to discuss this?
Emily: Lorelai, I'm getting a little tired of being lied to.
Lorelai: Apparently we do.
Emily: This man was at Rory's birthday party, he came to the hospital with you, he's the male lead in every story you tell, you go to the diner every single day. I've seen the way he looks at you, the way you look at him. I'm not a fool.
Lorelai: Mom, please.
Emily: Why do you treat me like I don't have a clue in the world as to what is going on in your life? Now I'm asking you, as a favor, if you have any respect for me at all as your mother, just tell me. Do you have feelings for this man?
Lorelai: I don't know. Maybe I do. I haven't given it much thought. Maybe I do.
Emily: Thank you. I'm glad you were finally honest with me. Now we can discuss what on earth you could possibly be thinking. Don't forget the ice.

Sherry: I can't just stop everything because...
Lorelai: You're having a baby. Admitting it is the first step.