Sally Anne Struthers (born July 28, 1947) is an American actress and activist. She is best known for playing Gloria Stivic, the daughter of Archie and Edith Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton) on ''All in the Family'', for which she won two Emmy awards, and Babette on ''Gilmore Girls''. She was also the voice of Charlene Sinclair on the American Broadcasting Company, ABC sitcom ''Dinosaurs (TV series), Dinosaurs'' and Rebecca Cunningham on the Disney animated series ''TaleSpin''.

Early life

Sally Anne Struthers was born July 28, 1947 in Portland, Oregon, one of two daughters born to Margaret Caroline (née Jernes) and Robert Alden Struthers, a surgeon. Her maternal grandparents were Norwegian immigrants. Her father abandoned the family when Struthers was approximately 9 years old, after which she was raised by her single mother in the Concordia, Portland, Oregon, Concordia neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon, northeast Portland. Her mother, who supported herself and her two daughters working at Bonneville Power Administration, suffered from significant Depression (mood), depression during Struthers' childhood.


In ''Five Easy Pieces'' (1970) Struthers was cast opposite Jack Nicholson. She appeared as a restless wife of a veterinarian in ''The Getaway (1972 film), The Getaway'' (1972). Around that time Struthers debuted as Gloria Stivic on the 1970s sitcom ''All in the Family''. Producer Norman Lear had found the actress dancing on ''The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour''. According to a WGBN, WPTT radio interview with Doug Hoerth in 2003, Struthers thought that Reiner's then-fiancée and later wife, Penny Marshall, would get the role of Gloria, as Marshall more resembled Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker. Actress Candice Azzara had played the role of Gloria in a pilot episode, but was soon dropped. After a shaky start, the series became a hit beginning with its summer reruns, giving tens of millions of viewers the chance to see "Gloria" defending her Liberalism, liberal viewpoints about negative stereotypes and inequality. Struthers won two Emmy Awards (in 1972 and 1979) for her work on the show. In 2012, Struthers recalled the serendipity that helped her land the role: In 1977 she portrayed a housewife who was physically abused by her husband (portrayed by Dennis Weaver) in the made-for-TV movie ''Intimate Strangers (1977 film), Intimate Strangers'', one of the first network features to depict domestic violence. On the short-lived ''Archie Bunker's Place'' Spin-off (media), spin-off ''Gloria (American TV series), Gloria'' (1982–1983), Struthers reprised Gloria as a new divorcée (she became an "exchange student", when husband Mike exchanged her for one of his students). The series co-starred Burgess Meredith as the doctor of an animal clinic with Gloria as his assistant. She was a semi-regular panelist on the 1990 revival of ''Match Game'' and an occasional guest on ''Win, Lose or Draw'' (even filling in for Vicki Lawrence as host for a week). She also had a recurring role as Bill Miller's manipulative mother, Louise, on ''Still Standing (TV series), Still Standing'' and regularly appeared on ''Gilmore Girls'' as Babette Dell. She also provided voices for a number of animated series such as ''The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show'' (as a teenage Pebbles Flintstone), ''TaleSpin'' (as Rebecca Cunningham) and was one of the voice stars on ABC's ''Dinosaurs (TV series), Dinosaurs'' produced by Walt Disney and Henson Productions (as Charlene Sinclair). Struthers starred in the stage production of ''Annie (musical), Annie'' at the Fox Theatre (Atlanta), Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and in the national tour of the production in the late 1990s. She has been a regular since the early 2000s at the Ogunquit Playhouse, in Ogunquit, Maine, where, in 2012, she performed in ''Always...Patsy Cline'', as Louise Segar, and ''9 to 5 (musical), 9 to 5: The Musical'', as Roz Klein. In 2014, Struthers toured in the 50th anniversary production of ''Hello, Dolly! (musical), Hello, Dolly!'', playing Dolly Levi.


Struthers has been a spokesperson for Christian Children's Fund (later renamed ChildFund), advocating on behalf of impoverished children in developing countries, and has been the spokesperson for International Correspondence Schools in television ads, pitching the famous line "Do you want to make more money? Sure, we all do!" Her activism has been satirized in Episode 19 of the seventh season of ''Grey's Anatomy'', 3 Episodes of ''In Living Color'': Season 3 Episodes 6 & 18 and Season 4 Episode 27, the ''South Park'' episodes "Starvin' Marvin (South Park), Starvin' Marvin" and "Starvin' Marvin in Space", and the Denis Leary song "Voices in my Head".

Personal life

Struthers married psychiatrist William C. Rader on December 18, 1977 in Los Angeles. After having one child, daughter Samantha, the couple divorced on January 19, 1983.



* ''The Phynx'' (1970) ... World's No. 1 Fan * ''Five Easy Pieces'' (1970) ... Shirley "Betty" * ''The Getaway (1972 film), The Getaway'' (1972) ... Fran Clinton * ''A Different Approach'' (1978) (short film) ... Cameo appearance *”...And Your Name Is Jonah” (1979)...Jenny Corelli * ''The Others (1997 film), The Others'' (1997) ... Mrs. Zelov * ''Out of the Black (film), Out of the Black'' (2001) ... Betty * ''A Month of Sundays (2001 film), A Month of Sundays'' (2001) ... Onida Roy * ''Reeseville'' (2003) ... Katie Oakman * ''Baadasssss!'' (2003) ... Roz * ''Monster Heroes'' (2010) ... Kripta * ''Waiting in the Wings: the Musical'' (2014) ... Sperm Bank Receptionist * ''Hollywood Musical!'' (2015) ... Sally * ''Still Waiting in the Wings'' (2016) ... Lucy * ''The Relationtrip'' (2017) ... Liam's Mom (voice) * ''You & Me'' (2017) ... Tilly


* ''The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'' (1970) TV series ... Regular performer (8 episodes) * ''The Tim Conway Comedy Hour'' (1970) TV series ... Series regular (13 episodes) * ''All in the Family'' (1971–1978) TV series ... Gloria Stivic (182 episodes) * ''The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show'' (1971–1972) TV series (voice) ... Pebbles Flintstone (16 episodes) * ''Love, American Style'' (1971) TV series ... Barbara (1 episode: "Love and the Triangle") * ''Ironside (1967 TV series), Ironside'' (1971) TV series ... Sandy Fonda (1 episode: "Love, Peace, Brotherhood and Murder") * ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'' (1971) TV series ... Katie O'Hara (1 episode: "The Blarney Stone") * ''Aloha Means Goodbye'' (1974) TV movie ... Sara Moore * ''Hey, I'm Alive'' (1975) TV movie ... Helen Klaben * ''The Great Houdini (film), The Great Houdini'' (1976) TV movie ... Bess Houdini * ''Fred Flintstone and Friends'' (1977–1978) TV series (voice) ... Pebbles Flintstone (95 episodes) * ''Intimate Strangers (1977 film), Intimate Strangers'' (1977) TV movie ... Janice Halston * ''My Husband is Missing'' (1978) TV movie ... Mrs. Katherine Eaton * ''...And Your Name is Jonah'' (1979) TV movie ... Jenny Corelli * ''The 200th Episode Celebration of All in the Family'' (1979) TV special ... Herself * ''Archie Bunker's Place'' (1979) TV series ... Gloria Stivic (2-part episode: "Thanksgiving Reunion") * ''A Gun in the House'' (1981) TV movie ... Emily Cates * ''Archie Bunker's Place'' (1982) TV series ... Gloria Stivic (2-part episode: "Gloria Comes Home") * ''Gloria (American TV series), Gloria'' (1982–1983) TV series ... Gloria Stivic (21 episodes) * ''The Charmkins'' (1983) TV special (voice) ... Poison Ivy * ''The Glo Friends, The Glo Friends Save Christmas'' (1985) TV special (voice) ... Blanche * ''Alice in Wonderland (1985 film), Alice in Wonderland'' (1985) TV miniseries ... Tiger Lily (Part 2: "Through the Looking-Glass") * ''9 to 5 (TV series), 9 to 5'' (1986–1988) TV series ... Marsha McMurray Shrimpton (52 episodes) * ''A Deadly Silence'' (1989) TV movie ... Aunt Marilyn * ''Charles in Charge'' (1989) TV series ... Nora Bennington, Nancy Beauman (1 episode: "Still at Large") * ''Sister Kate (TV series), Sister Kate'' (1990) TV series ... Mrs. Newberry (1 episode: "Sweet Sixteen") * ''Murder, She Wrote'' (1990) TV series ... Nancy La Rue (1 episode: "A Body to Die For") * ''Plunder & Lightning, TaleSpin: Plunder & Lightning'' (1990) TV movie (voice) ... List of TaleSpin characters#Rebecca Cunningham, Rebecca Cunningham * ''TaleSpin'' (1990–1991) TV series (voice) ... Rebecca Cunningham (42 episodes) * ''All in the Family, All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special'' (1991) TV special ... Herself * ''Dinosaurs (TV series), Dinosaurs'' (1991–1994) TV series (voice) ... Charlene Sinclair (65 episodes) * ''Yo Yogi!'' (1991) TV series (voice) ... Additional voices (9 episodes) * ''Tom & Jerry Kids'' (1991) TV series (voice) ... Jerry's Mother (1 episode: "Jerry's Mother") * ''The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Tin Soldier'' (1992) TV special (voice) ... Narrator * ''In the Best Interest of the Children'' (1992) TV movie ... Patty Pepper * ''Fish Police (TV series), Fish Police'' (1992) TV series (voice) ... Shelly (1 episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep") * ''Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa'' (1992) TV series (voice) ... Bessy Bluebell (1 episode: "Another Fine Mesa") * ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' (1992) TV series (voice) ... Rhoda's Mom, Witch Sandy (2 episodes: "Fox Trot", "Buster's Directorial Debut") * ''Droopy, Master Detective'' (1993–1994) TV series (voice) ... Additional voices (13 episodes) * ''Duckman, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man'' (1994) TV series (voice) ... Additional voices (1 episode: "Cellar Beware") * ''The New Adventures of Mother Goose'' (1995) TV special (voice) ... Mother Goose * ''Cow and Chicken'' (1998) TV series (voice) ... Girl Enzyme #1, Native Enzyme Walla #2 (1 episode: "Journey to the Center of Cow") * ''The Wild Thornberrys'' (1998) TV series (voice) ... Galapagos Penguin, Iguanas (1 episode: "Eliza-cology") * ''The Brothers Flub'' (1999) TV series (voice) ... Additional Voices * ''Gilmore Girls'' (2000–2007) TV series ... List of Gilmore Girls characters#Stars Hollow, Babette Dell (52 episodes) * ''General Hospital'' (2002) TV series ... Jennifer Smith (6 episodes) * ''As Told by Ginger'' (2002) TV series (voice) ... Mrs. Higsby (1 episode: "New Girl in Town") * ''Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV series), Sabrina the Teenage Witch'' (2003) TV series ... Aunt Lorraine (1 episode: "Ping, Ping a Song") * ''The Division'' (2003) TV series ... Eve Warner (1 episode: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered") * ''Still Standing (TV series), Still Standing'' (2003–2006) TV series ... Louise Miller (10 episodes) * ''Odd Job Jack'' (2004) TV series (voice) ... Additional voices (1 episode: "Almost Wormless") * ''What I Did for Love (2006 film), What I Did for Love'' (2006) TV movie ... Aunt Trudy * ''Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures'' (2008–2009) TV series (voice) ... Mrs. O'Connor (26 episodes) * ''American Dad!'' (2011) TV series (voice) ... Clara (1 episode: "A Ward Show") * ''Celebrity Ghost Stories'' (2011) TV series ... Herself (1 episode: "Beverly D'Angelo/Sally Struthers/Melissa George") * ''Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'' (2016) TV miniseries ... Babette Dell * ''Maron (TV series), Maron'' (2016) TV series ... Shirley * ''Christmas Harmony'' (2018) TV movie ... Shirley


* ''Wally's Cafe'' (1981) ... Janet (Broadway: Brooks Atkinson Theatre) *b''The Female Odd Couple, The Odd Couple'' (1985–1986) ... Florence Ungar (Broadway: Broadhurst Theatre) *''Grease (musical), Grease'' (1994–1998) ... Miss Lynch (Broadway: Eugene O'Neill Theatre) * ''Annie (musical), Annie'' (1998–1999) ... Miss Hannigan, 20th Anniversary National Tour; (2008) Reagle Players; (2011) Cabrillo Music Theatre; (2012) Pittsburgh CLO; (2019) Riverside Center Dinner Theater * ''Always...Patsy Cline'' (1999) ... Louise (Hollywood Playhouse); (2009) (Casa Mañana) * ''Anything Goes'' (2002) ... Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt (Freud Playhouse, UCLA) * ''The Club of Hearts'' (2005) ... Ida (New Theatre Restaurant) * ''The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'' (2005) ... Miss Mona (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Fifth of July'' (2006) ... Aunt Sally Talley Friedman (Regional) * ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'' (2006) ... Big Mama (Regional) * ''Hello, Dolly! (musical), Hello, Dolly!'' (2006) ... Dolly Levi (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''The Full Monty'' (2007) ... Jeanette (Ogunquit Playhouse); (2010) (North Carolina Theatre); (2013) (Riverside Center Dinner Theatre) * ''Fiddler on the Roof'' (2008) ... Golde (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Steel Magnolias (play), Steel Magnolias'' (2008) ... Truvy (Casa Mañana) * ''Nunsense'' (2008) ... Mother Superior, 25th Anniversary Tour * ''All Shook Up (musical), All Shook Up'' (2009) ... Mayor Matilda Hyde (Ogunquit Playhouse) *''Love Letters (play), Love Letters'' (2010) ... Melissa Gardner (Kentucky Repertory Theatre) * ''Curtains (musical), Curtains'' (2010) ... Carmen Bernstein (Pittsburgh CLO) * ''Cinderella'' (2010) ... Fairy Godmother (Cabrillo Music Theater) * ''Chicago (musical), Chicago'' (2010) ... Mama Morton (Ogunquit Playhouse) *''Legally Blonde (musical), Legally Blonde'' (2011) ... Paulette Bonafonté (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Hello, Dolly! (musical), Hello, Dolly!'' (2011) ... Dolly Levi (Riverside Center Dinner Theatre); (2012) (Alhambra Dinner Theatre); (2013–14) National Tour *''The Drowsy Chaperone'' (2011) ... Mrs. Tottendale (3-D Theatricals) * ''Always...Patsy Cline'' (2011) ... Louise, also directed the production (3-D Theatricals); (2012) (Ogunquit Playhouse); (2013) (Algonquin Arts Theatre); (2014) (El Portal Theatre); (2018) (Riverside Center Dinner Theater) * ''9 to 5 (musical), 9 to 5: The Musical'' (2012) ... Roz Keith (Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts); (2012) (Ogunquit Playhouse); (2015) (Riverside Center Dinner Theater) * ''Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie'' (2013) ... Mrs. Meers (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Hello, Dolly! (musical), Hello, Dolly!'' (2013–2014) ... Dolly Levi, 50th Anniversary Tour * ''The Witches of Eastwick (musical), The Witches of Eastwick'' (2014) ... Felicia Gabriel (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Spamalot'' (2014) ... God (Riverside Center Dinner Theatre) * ''Nice Work If You Can Get It (musical), Nice Work If You Can Get It'' (2015) ... Dutchess Estonia Dulworth (Ogunquit Playhouse) *''Mame (musical), Mame'' (2015–16) ... Agnes Gooch (Riverside Center Dinner Theatre) * ''Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical'' (2017) ...Martha Watson (Ogunquit Playhouse) * ''Grumpy Old Men'' (2018) ... Punky (Ogunquit, Playhouse)

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards *Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1971 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (tied with Valerie Harper) *Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1979 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Ovation Awards *2010 Ovation Awards, 2010: Won the award for Featured Actress in a Musical for the role of the "Fairy Godmother" in the Cabrillo Music Theatre production of ''Cinderella''


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