More than four decades have passed since 65-year-old Sally Struthers received her big break starring alongside Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces.” The actress went on to play the role of Gloria Stivic in the ‘70s sitcom “All In the Family” before becoming a spokesperson for ChildFund International. On Wednesday, Struthers was arrested for drunk driving in Maine.
The actress and children’s needs advocate was busted shortly after midnight on U.S. Route 1 in the southern Maine resort town of Ogunquit for OUI (operating under the influence). She is said to have been cooperative when officers handcuffed her at the scene.
Struthers was reportedly released shortly after she was taken into custody and subsequent to posting $160 bail.
The penalty for first-time offenders is a $500 fine and 90-day license suspension, according to TMZ.
Struthers has been in town performing in Dolly Parton’s play 9 to 5, The Musical at the Ogunquit Playhouse.
A two-time Emmy winner, Struthers role as Archie Bunker’s daughter in CBS’ All in the Family, pioneered comedy about race, politics and the sexual revolution on TV.
She also starred in Fox’s 9 to 5, her own CBS series Gloria, and had recurring roles in the CBS comedy Still Standing and WB’s Gilmore Girls.
Younger Americans might know Struthers best for her late-night; heart-tugging commercials as a longtime spokeswoman for children’s charities such as Save the Children.
Struthers is expected to be arraigned in court on Dec. 14, 2012.
A representative for Struthers released a statement to TMZ on Thursday denying the charges. “Sally is working and she is fine and she loves The Ogunquit Playhouse and her yearly time in Ogunquit. We deny these charges,” the statement said.
Contributor D. Chandler