Sally Struthers, best known for her role as Gloria Stivic on Noman Lear’s social ground breaking sitcom “All in the Family” was popped for drunk driving in Maine. The 65-year-old actress and children’s advocate was busted at 12:30 a.m. yesterday on Route 1 in Ogunquit for operating under the influence and was cuffed at the scene, according to TMZ.com.
More than four decades Struthers received her big acting break starring alongside Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces.”
The actress 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.
Struthers is due in Maine’s York District Court on Dec. 13. In Maine, conviction on a first offense with no aggravating factors draws a penalty of $400 plus a 90-day license suspension, but no jail time. 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.
Struther’s was a star in almost every area of her life. 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.
Outside of this incident, Struthers’ has had a pretty squeaky clean record so perhaps at 65, a judge might give her a little slack.
After all, she has been a spokesperson for Christian Children’s Fund (later ChildFund), advocating on behalf of impoverished children in developing countries, mainly in Africa, and has been the spokesperson for International Correspondence Schools in television ads, pitching the famous line “Do you want to make more money? Of course. We all do!”. Her activism has been satirized in episode 19 of the seventh season of Grey’s Anatomy, episode 6 of In Living Color, and in the South Park episodes “Starvin’ Marvin”, and “Starvin’ Marvin in Space”.
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.
Alas, this isn’t the kind of head shot Sally Struthers likes posing for.