‘Gilmore Girls’: Was Rory Gilmore Named After a Marilyn Monroe Character?

Gilmore’s daughters he was famous for his references to pop culture. There were so many references to classic films, television and books that the actors often did not understand what they were saying. However, there was probably one pop culture commentary that most fans missed, and it showed up a lot. Is it possible that Rory Gilmore was not named just after her mother, but also after a film character?

What was Rory Gilmore’s full name?

Although introduced to fans in season 1 as Rory, the academically aiming Rory was just a nickname. In the show’s pilot, Rory narrated Dean Forrester with the story of how she got her first name. She told him that after giving birth, Lorelai noticed that men named their sons after themselves all the time, but women rarely named their daughters after themselves. She decided to break tradition and gave Rory a name, although Rory had never been known as Lorelai.

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore Warner Bros./Delivered by Online USA

Although presenter Amy Sherman-Palladino has never recognized the connection, it would make sense for Lorelai to name Rory after Monroe ‘s character. Lorelai had an almost epistemological knowledge of classic and obscure films. There’s not too much to accept that she was watching Gentlemen prefer blondes before Rory was born.

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