A Real-Life Inn Inspired the Independence Inn in ‘Gilmore Girls’

October will mark the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Gilmore Girls. While the show has been off the air since 2007, it has steadily gained fans thanks to its tenure on Netflix. The show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Dan Palladino, managed to capture life in a small town in New England. Believe it or not, the inspiration for the series arose from a single trip to Connecticut. Even the inn where Lorelai Gilmore worked was inspired by a real business. 

Neither Sherman-Palladino nor her husband, Daniel Palladino, grew up on the East Coast

Gilmore Girls expertly captured the feel of small, New England towns. The series also managed to craft believable characters who personified the “old money” found on the East Coast. Strangely enough, neither Sherman-Palladino nor her husband ever called the East Coast home. 

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Sherman-Palladino was born and raised in California. The daughter of a comedian and a dancer, Sherman-Palladino, got her start writing for Roseanne. The series focused on a midwestern family, something that Sherman-Palladino, admittedly had little experience with. Palladino also spent his formative years on the West Coast. He was raised in Reseda and graduated from a private high school in Van Nuys, California. He started his television writing career on Who’s The Boss?. According to IMDb, he wrote ten episodes for the show. Who’s The Boss? Was also based in Connecticut. 

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Amy Sherman-Palladino was inspired to write Gilmore Girls after a trip in Connecticut

Sherman-Palladino always intended to pitch a show about a mother-daughter duo who were more like best friends than mother and daughter. Still, she didn’t have the backdrop for the show until she visited a small town in the middle of Connecticut. She’s spoken extensively about the inspiration for the town of Stars Hollow, claiming to have borrowed elements from multiple villages and hamlets in the state. Everything, apparently, clicked in Washington Depot, Connecticut, though.

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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