Your imaginary granddaughter, Barbara Hutton.

In S1E6, Emily and Lorelai are shopping together for a birthday present for Rory. Emily thinks Lorelai’s gift suggestions are jokes and says, “Please be serious; we’re shopping for Rory.” Lorelai responds, “No Mom, I’m shopping for Rory; you’re shopping for your imaginary granddaughter, Barbara Hutton.”

Barbara Hutton was a wealthy American heiress who lived in luxury during the Great Depression. Her debutante ball in 1930 cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and was such a scandal that she had to travel to Europe for a while to escape the press.

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