Bishop was born Carole Bishop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the daughter of Jane Lenore (nee Wahtola) and Lawrence Boden Bishop. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she trained to be a ballet dancer, attending the American Ballet Theatre School and the San Jose Ballet School. At eighteen, she headed to New York and landed her first job dancing in a year-round ballet company at Radio City Music Hall. Bishop continued to dance in Las Vegas, summer stock and on television until she was cast in 1967 in Golden Rainbow, her first Broadway role.
For her nutty, brilliant ballet dramedy Bunheads , Amy Sherman-Palladino brought back Gilmore Girls ’Kelly Bishop to play a whip-smart, moron-intolerant woman (yes, another one) who inherits a daughter-in-law after her son’s sudden death. Together, they r more