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

Max: Thank you for last night.
Lorelai: It was a good night, wasn't it?
Max: Several novels will be written about it.
Lorelai: I say we do it again, and next time I'll be the gypsy queen.

Luke: Me? Raising a kid? I don't even like kids. They're always sticky like they've got jam on their hands. Even if there's no jam in the house, somehow, they've always got jam on their hands! I'm not the right guy to deal with that. I have no patience for jam hands!
Lorelai: First of all, Jess is 17 so I think he's probably pass the jam hands stage by now. Second of all, you can do this. If you want to you are totally capable.