1.14 Stella!

This reference recurs throughout the episode. Rory brings home a bird for a school project. Lorelai initially calls it Stanley but on being informed it’s a female bird changes the name to Stella who…

Lorelai: …was married to Stanley.

When the bird escapes Lorelai cries her name like Stanley does in the film.

Later, Lorelai tells Sookie about the incident with the bird.

Sookie: Stella is the chick? I like the name.
Lorelai: Streetcar Named Desire.
Sookie: Vivien Leigh or Jessica Tandy.
Lorelai: Hello. Tandy!
Sookie: Of course continue.

It seems that Jessica Tandy played Blanche Dubois in a version shown on Omnibus a TV series from the 1950s. I am not familiar with this so would appreciate any info in the comments. I have included the film version as a reference anyway.

A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)

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