Sally Anne Struthers is an American actress and spokeswoman, best known for her roles as Gloria Stivic the sitcom called, “All in the Family,” for which she won two Emmy awards.
Sally Struthers nabbed a series role in the early 1970s and became a solid part of TV history as a member of a dysfunctional family quartet in the milestone sitcom.
She was born Sally Ann Struthers on July 28, 1948, in Portland, Oregon and raised there, pursuing an acting career following high school. Relocating to Los Angeles, she trained at the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts and earned a scholarship as its “most promising student”.
She played the same character (Gloria Bunker Stivic) on three different series: All in the Family (1971), Archie Bunker’s Place (1979) and Gloria (1982).
She and Rob Reiner left the show after seven seasons, both eager to grow. While Rob Reiner became a noted director, Sally made her Broadway debut in “Wally’s Cafe” in 1981, and returned, four years later, with a gender-bending version of “The Odd Couple” as neat-freak “Florence” opposite Rita Moreno’s slovenly “Olive”.
Sally’s baby-doll voice worked extremely well for her in cartoons. She remained active off-camera, providing little girl voices for Saturday morning entertainment, notably her teenage “Pebbles Flintstone” character.
On a personal note regarding her private life, Sally Struthers is one of two siblings. She has a sister Sue, and was the daughter of Portland doctor, but at the age of nine. Both her parents left Sally and her sister to be raised by her maternal grandparents who were Norwegian immigrants.
Struthers married William C. Rader, a psychiatrist on December 18, 1977; they divorced on January 19, 1983. They had one child together named Samantha Struthers Rader.
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