Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, is the only daughter of Richard and Emily Gilmore. She became pregnant at the age of 16 but refused to marry Christopher Hayden, Rory's father, because she felt that a marriage at such a young age would not work out.
Instead, she ran away to the town of Stars Hollow, which is half an hour away from Hartford.
The series pilot indicates that Rory harbours a long-held dream to study at Harvard University, and it is for this reason she transfers from Stars Hollow public high school to the prestigious Chilton Preparatory.
In Stars Hollow, she meets Mia, the owner of the Independence Inn.
She begs Mia to hire her though she has no experience of any kind.
Lorelai is very witty and full of pop culture references.
She has a very specific taste in movies, music, and TV.
When Rory is unexpectedly accepted to Chilton Preparatory School (from a waiting list), Lorelai is unable to come up with the tuition due immediately, Lorelai turns to her parents for help.