A former dancer herself, Fanny runs the local dance studio in Paradise, a small village in coastal California. Fanny is Michelle’s formidable new mother-in-law -- whose personality is as unique and interesting as her flair for home décor.
Kelly Bishop is best known for her role as Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s mother, on Gilmore Girls. She is also no stranger to the world of dance. Kelly grew up in Colorado where she trained to be a ballet dancer. She started her career as a dancer at NYC's Radio City Music Hall, and followed that up with a breakout, Tony award winning performance as Sheila in A Chorus Line. She’s been in numerous Broadway productions, including Six Degrees of Separation, Proposals, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Bus Stop, and most recently, Anything Goes with her Bunheads co-star, Sutton Foster.
In addition to her work on the stage, Kelly has appeared in Dirty Dancing, Wonder Boys, The Thorns, Murphy Brown, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Mercy – among many others.