In S1E9, Emily and Lorelai are watching a movie on TV and Emily says, “Oh look, Barbara Stanwyck. I just love Barbara Stanwyck.” Lorelai comments, “Oh yeah, she’s good.” Emily continues, “She had that wonderful voice. That husky, deep voice. I just love that voice.” After a moment, Lorelai says, “You know, Mom, you have kind of a Barbara Stanwyck-y voice.” Emily replies, “Oh, I do not.” Lorelai says, “I mean it. You could’ve gotten Fred MacMurray to off Dad if you’d really wanted to.”
Barbara Stanwyck was an actress during the mid-twentieth century. She appeared in 85 films and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also appeared in several television series, including “The Barbara Stanwyck Show” and “The Big Valley.”
The film that Lorelai and Emily are watching is “Double Indemnity,” starring Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. In the story, Stanwyck’s character convinces a successful insurance salesman (MacMurray) to kill her husband.