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

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!

Lorelai: Hi, Mom.
Emily: Lorelai, my goodness, this is a surprise. Is it Easter already?
Lorelai: (sounding uncomfortable) No, I just, uh, finished up my business class and I thought I would stop by.
Emily: To see me?
Lorelai: Yes.
Emily: Well, isn't that nice. Come in.
Lorelai: Thanks.
(They walk to the living room.)
Lorelai: The place looks great.
Emily: It hasn't changed.
Lorelai: Well, there you go. How are the girls at the bridge club?
Emily: Old.
Lorelai: Well... good.
(Lorelai and Emily sit, opposite to each other)
Emily: You said you were taking a business class?
Lorelai: Yeah, mmhmm, yeah. I'm taking a business class at the college twice a week. I'm sure I told you.
Emily: Well, if you're sure then you must have. (she pauses) Would you like some tea?
Lorelai: I would love some coffee.
Richard: (calling from another room) Emily? I'm home.
Emily: We're in here.
(Richard walks into the living room)
Lorelai: Hi, Dad.
Richard: What is it, Christmas already?

Gilmore Girls Quotes

(about Max knowing his way around the kitchen)
Rory: He has much knowledge.
Lorelai: We shall form a cult around him.
Rory: Build a statue many stories high.
Lorelai: We shall grow our hair long and stop bathing.

Lorelai: Rory, I love you. I would take a bullet for you. But I'd rather stick something sharp in my ear than go to the club with you.
Rory: Fine.
Lorelai: I'd rather slide down a banister of razor blades and land in a pool of alcohol than go to the club with you.
Rory: I got it.
Lorelai: Don't stop me, I'm on a roll. I'd rather eat my own hand than go to the club with you. Ooh, I'd rather get my face surgically altered to look like that lunatic rich lady with the lion head than go to the club with you.
Rory: Would you like me to drive so you can continue your diatribe?
Lorelai: Would ya? Thanks. I'd rather cut off my head and use it as a punch bowl than go to the club with you.