Sally Anne Struthers (born July 28, 1947) is an American actress and activist. She played 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 ABC sitcom Dinosaurs and Rebecca Cunningham on the Disney animated series TaleSpin.
Sally Anne Struthers
July 28, 1947
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Known for||Gloria Bunker – All in the Family|
(m. 1977; div. 1983)
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 neighborhood of northeast Portland. Her mother, who supported herself and her two daughters working at Bonneville Power Administration, suffered from significant 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). 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 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 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:
I had just gotten let go from The Tim Conway Comedy Hour because the suits in New York said that I made the show look cheap. And the producer said, "That's the whole point, we're trying to make it look like the Conway show doesn't have a budget, has no money, and so that's why there's only one Tim Conway dancer instead of a line of them like the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show, and there's only one musician, and they can't even afford an instrument for him, so he's standing at a music stand, humming the opening theme song." That's funny! And the suits said, "No, it makes the show look cheap." So they let me, the Tim Conway dancer, go. And if they hadn't done that, I wouldn't have been free to read for All in the Family.
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, one of the first network features to depict domestic violence.
On the short-lived Archie Bunker's Place spin-off 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 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 produced by Walt Disney and Henson Productions (as Charlene Sinclair).
Struthers starred in the stage production of Annie at the 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: The Musical, as Roz Klein.
In 2014, Struthers toured in the 50th-anniversary production of Hello, Dolly!, playing Dolly Levi.
Struthers has been a spokesperson for International Correspondence School (ICS) in television ads, pitching the famous line "Do you want to make more money? Sure, we all do!" ICS was a school with a diverse curriculum that, at the time, had fields of study going from brick laying to personal computers.
|1970||The Phynx||World's No. 1 Fan|
|1970||Five Easy Pieces||Shirley "Betty"|
|1972||The Getaway||Fran Clinton|
|1974||Aloha Means Goodbye||Sara Moore||Television film|
|1975||Hey, I'm Alive||Helen Klaben||Television film|
|1976||The Great Houdini||Bess Houdini|
|1977||Intimate Strangers||Janice Halston||Television film|
|1978||My Husband is Missing||Mrs. Katherine Eaton||Television film|
|1978||A Different Approach||Cameo||Short film|
|1979||...And Your Name Is Jonah||Jenny Corelli|
|1981||A Gun in the House||Emily Cates||Television film|
|1989||A Deadly Silence||Aunt Marilyn||Television film|
|1990||TaleSpin: Plunder & Lightning||Rebecca Cunningham||Television film; voice role|
|1992||In the Best Interest of the Children||Patty Pepper||Television film|
|1997||The Others||Mrs. Zelov|
|2001||Out of the Black||Betty|
|2001||A Month of Sundays||Onida Roy|
|2005||Hoodwinked!||Granny Abigail Puckett||Lines overdubbed by Glenn Close|
|2006||What I Did for Love||Aunt Trudy||Television film|
|2014||Waiting in the Wings: the Musical||Sperm Bank Receptionist|
|2016||Still Waiting in the Wings||Lucy|
|2017||The Relationtrip||Liam's Mom||Voice role|
|2017||You & Me||Tilly|
|2018||Christmas Harmony||Shirley||Television film|
|1970||The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour||Performer||8 episodes|
|1970||The Tim Conway Comedy Hour||13 episodes|
|1971–1978||All in the Family||Gloria Stivic||182 episodes|
|1971–1972||The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show||Pebbles Flintstone (voice)||16 episodes|
|1971||Love, American Style||Barbara||Episode: "Love and the Triangle"|
|1971||Ironside||Sandy Fonda||Episode: "Love, Peace, Brotherhood and Murder"|
|1971||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Katie O'Hara||Episode: "The Blarney Stone"|
|1977–1978||Fred Flintstone and Friends||Pebbles Flintstone (voice)||95 episodes|
|1979||The 200th Episode Celebration of All in the Family||Herself||Television special|
|1979||Archie Bunker's Place||Gloria Stivic||Episode: "Thanksgiving Reunion"|
|1982||Archie Bunker's Place||Gloria Stivic||Episode: "Gloria Comes Home"|
|1982–1983||Gloria||Gloria Stivic||21 episodes|
|1983||The Charmkins||Poison Ivy (voice)||1 episode|
|1985||The Glo Friends Save Christmas||Blanche (voice)||Television special|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||Tiger Lily||Miniseries|
|1986–1988||9 to 5||Marsha McMurray Shrimpton||52 episodes|
|1989||Charles in Charge||Nora Bennington, Nancy Beauman||Episode: "Still at Large"|
|1990||Sister Kate||Mrs. Newberry||Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Nancy La Rue||Episode: "A Body to Die For"|
|1990–1991||TaleSpin||Rebecca Cunningham (voice)||42 episodes|
|1991||All in the Family: 20th Anniversary Special||Herself||Television special|
|1991–1994||Dinosaurs||Charlene Sinclair (voice)||65 episodes|
|1991||Yo Yogi!||Additional voices||9 episodes|
|1991||Tom & Jerry Kids||Jerry's Mother (voice)||Episode: "Jerry's Mother"|
|1992||The Tin Soldier||Narrator||Television special|
|1992||Fish Police||Shelly (voice)||Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"|
|1992||Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa||Bessy Bluebell (voice)||Episode: "Another Fine Mesa"|
|1992||Tiny Toon Adventures||Rhoda's Mom, Witch Sandy (voice)||Episodes: "Fox Trot", "Buster's Directorial Debut"|
|1993–1994||Droopy, Master Detective||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1994||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Additional voices||Episode: "Cellar Beware"|
|1995||The New Adventures of Mother Goose||Mother Goose (voice)||Television special|
|1998||Cow and Chicken||Girl Enzyme #1, Native Enzyme Walla #2 (voice)||Episode: "Journey to the Center of Cow"|
|1998||The Wild Thornberrys||Galapagos Penguin, Iguanas (voice)||Episode: "Eliza-cology"|
|1999||The Brothers Flub||Additional voices|
|2000–2007||Gilmore Girls||Babette Dell||52 episodes|
|2002||General Hospital||Jennifer Smith||6 episodes|
|2002||As Told by Ginger||Mrs. Higsby (voice)||Episode: "New Girl in Town"|
|2003||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Aunt Lorraine||Episode: "Ping, Ping a Song"|
|2003||The Division||Eve Warner||Episode: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"|
|2003–2006||Still Standing||Louise Miller||10 episodes|
|2004||Odd Job Jack||Additional voices||Episode: "Almost Wormless"|
|2008–2009||Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures||Mrs. O'Connor (voice)||26 episodes|
|2011||American Dad!||Clara (voice)||Episode: "A Ward Show"|
|2011||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Herself||1 episode: "Beverly D'Angelo/Sally Struthers/Melissa George"|
|2016||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Babette Dell||Miniseries|
- Wally's Cafe (1981) ... Janet (Broadway: Brooks Atkinson Theatre)
- The Odd Couple (1985–1986) ... Florence Ungar (Broadway: Broadhurst Theatre)
- Grease (1994–1998) ... Miss Lynch (Broadway: Eugene O'Neill Theatre)
- 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! (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 (2008) ... Truvy (Casa Mañana)
- Nunsense (2008) ... Mother Superior, 25th Anniversary Tour
- All Shook Up (2009) ... Mayor Matilda Hyde (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- Love Letters (2010) ... Melissa Gardner (Kentucky Repertory Theatre)
- Curtains (2010) ... Carmen Bernstein (Pittsburgh CLO)
- Cinderella (2010) ... Fairy Godmother (Cabrillo Music Theater)
- Chicago (2010) ... Mama Morton (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- Legally Blonde (2011) ... Paulette Bonafonté (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- 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: The Musical (2012) ... Roz Keith (Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts); (2012) (Ogunquit Playhouse); (2015) (Riverside Center Dinner Theater)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (2013) ... Mrs. Meers (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- Hello, Dolly! (2013–2014) ... Dolly Levi, 50th Anniversary Tour
- The Witches of Eastwick (2014) ... Felicia Gabriel (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- Spamalot (2014) ... God (Riverside Center Dinner Theatre)
- Nice Work If You Can Get It (2015) ... Dutchess Estonia Dulworth (Ogunquit Playhouse)
- 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)
- Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein the Musical (2021) ...Frau Blucher (Ogunquit Playhouse)
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1971 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (tied with Valerie Harper)
- 1979 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Leszczak, Bob (2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-476-61539-4.
- Struthers, Sally (November 7, 2001). "Testimony to The Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility: Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century". Federal Depository Library Program. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- Tate, Toli (April 24, 2017). "All in the Acting". Grant Magazine. Archived from the original on April 18, 2021.
- Fallick, Alan H. (July 24, 2012). "Sally Struthers on '9 to 5,' Life and Topless Scene with Jack Nicholson". Newsday.com. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- Janich, Kathy (14 January 2012). "Annie at the Fox Theatre". Encore Atlanta. Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing Inc. pp. 10–12. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Keyes, Bob (April 1, 2012). "Waiting in the wings: Summer". The Portland Press Herald. Portland, Maine. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- "Prestegious ICS School".
- "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985". State of California.
Sally A Struthers, Female, 1947, age 30, date: 18 Dec 1977, place: Los Angeles, spouse:William C Rader
- "Sally's Family Life". People magazine. February 16, 1981. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
... her husband, Dr. William Rader, 42 ... Rader's three children from a previous marriage ...
- "California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984". familysearch.org. State of California. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
William C Rader, date: 18 Jan 1983, place: Los Angeles, spouse: Sally A(registration required)
- Joe Strike (August 31, 2007). ""With the Talents Of ..." Celebritization of the VO Biz". awn.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
- Gans, Andrew. "Hal Linden and Sally Struthers Will Join Ed Dixon and Mark Jacoby in Ogunquit's U.S. Premiere of 'Grumpy Old Men Musical'" Playbill, July 25, 2018
- "2009/2010 Ovation Award Winners". January 17, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
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