- “Try a plum, they're better than sex!”
- —Miss Patty to Rory[src]
Miss Patty owns and runs a dance studio in Stars Hollow and had a career in show business as a dancer, when she was younger. She is a notorious gossip who frequently shares information with Babette Dell among others. Soft-married, oft-divorced dance instructor. She often makes name-dropping references to her past as a dancer and singer; how much of it is true is unknown.
She's usually seen lusting after young men that she wished she could marry again. She and Babette know most of the gossip of the town, though Babette mentions that Patty normally gets the town gossip before her because her phone intercepts other people's phone calls. After (or perhaps even before) Taylor, she seems to be the most influential citizen of Stars Hollow. Her dance studio is used for town meetings, among other community events.
- Patty attends Lorelai's bachelorette party, where she tells the group a bit about her past marriages.
- She also choreographs a dance number for Lorelai & Max's engagement party in the town square.
- Patty was Ricardo Montalbán's assistant for 6 months once.
- Miss Patty and Kirk at times collaborate, although they bicker and often end up at odds.