In S1E14, Lorelai is naming the bird that Rory brought home for her school project. First, Lorelai names the bird Stanley, but after Rory points out that the bird is female, Lorelai updates the name to Stella. She says, “Stella’s nice, and Stella was married to Stanley!”
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a 1947 play by Tennessee Williams. Stella and Stanley Kowalski, working-class residents of New Orleans, are two of the main characters in the play. Interestingly, in relation to the 1950’s housewife/Donna Reed theme of this episode, Stanley Kowalski was physically and emotionally abusive, but in the original story, Stella stayed with him anyway. Later adaptations were changed so that Stella leaves Stanley in the end, taking their child with her.