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Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers at the Filmex Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, November 1981
Born Sally Ann Struthers
July 28, 1948 (1948-07-28) (age 61)
Portland, Oregon,
United States
Occupation Actress/Spokeswoman
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Dr. William Rader (1977-1983)

Sally Ann Struthers (born July 28, 1948) is an American actress and spokeswoman, known for her roles in sitcoms and television, particularly that of Gloria Bunker Stivic, the daughter of Archie and Edith Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton respectively) on All in the Family, for which she won two Emmy awards. She is also known for playing Babette on Gilmore Girls.



Personal life

Struthers was born in Portland, Oregon. She is the daughter of Margaret Caroline (née Jernes) and Robert Alden Struthers, who was a surgeon.[1] Her maternal grandparents were Norwegian immigrants and her father was of Scottish descent.[2] She attended Grant High School. Struthers married Dr. William C. Rader, a psychiatrist, on December 18, 1977. Now divorced (as of January 19, 1983), they had one child together, Samantha Struthers Rader.


In Five Easy Pieces (1970), she participated in a nude sex scene with Jack Nicholson but first achieved real fame as Gloria Bunker Stivic on the 1970s sitcom, All in the Family. Producer Norman Lear found the actress dancing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a counterculture variety show whose writing staff included Rob Reiner. According to a WPTT-AM 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 resembled Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker. Actually, actress Candice Azzara played the role of Gloria in a pilot episode but was then dropped.

After a shaky start, word of mouth propelled the program to the top of the Nielsen Ratings heap, giving tens of millions of viewers the chance to see "Gloria" defending her liberal viewpoints about negative stereotypes and inequality. Struthers won two Emmy Awards (in 1972 and 1979) for her work in All in the Family. Struthers also reprised her role of Gloria on the short-lived All in the Family spin-off Gloria (1982-1983). In 2001, Struthers attended the funeral of Carroll O'Connor, along with other actors from the show.

Struthers was a semi-regular panelist on the 1990 revival of Match Game. She also was an occasional celebrity guest on Win, Lose or Draw, even once guest hosting the NBC daytime version. She also had a recurring role as Bill Miller's manipulative mother, Louise, on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and regularly appeared on Gilmore Girls as Babette Dell.

Struthers has 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 Dinosaurs (as Charlene Sinclair).


Struthers is also widely known for her work with two organizations that advertised heavily on cable and late-night television. The first of these is the Christian Children's Fund, advocating on behalf of impoverished children in developing countries, mainly in Africa. She has also worked with International Correspondence Schools. Now called Penn Foster Career School in America, the distance education organization offers degrees by sending lessons directly to individuals' homes.

Struthers' activism has been satirized in the season 1 episode of South Park, "Starvin' Marvin", and the season 3 episode "Starvin' Marvin in Space."


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Sally Ann Struthers (1948-07-28) is an American actress.


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Sally Struthers is an American actress. Her most famous acting was in the classic television sitcom All in the Family. Struthers also acted in many motion pictures and other television programs. Her date of birth was in 1948, although some information sources mention that she was born in 1947. Struthers also plays Babette in the television show Gilmore Girls. She also provided the voices for animated characters in television cartoon shows.

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