It’s been nearly fifty years since the show “All In The Family” premiered, but it is still beloved by millions of fans to this day. Sally Struthers, who played Archie Bunker’s “little girl” Gloria Stivic, spoke out this week to say that she’s never forgotten her time on the sitcom.
“It feels like it happened 15 years ago, but it also feels like it happened a 100 years ago,” Struthers told Closer Weekly. “Time is a curious thing, and I can’t quite get a handle on how much time has passed.”
Struthers, 73, became famous to an entirely new generation by playing Babette on “Gilmore Girls.”
“It’s funny. Quite often I will get stopped by a family. The mother will say, ‘Oh, we love you on ‘All in the Family,’” she said. “Then the daughter will say, ‘No, she’s Babette!’ It’s so funny to see the generational thing happen.”
When asked if she had anything in common with her character of Gloria, Struthers said, “Other than being young and female, I didn’t feel like I had a lot in common with her. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and Gloria was an Astoria, New York, girl. I was raised devoutly Lutheran, and Gloria had no religion. I didn’t get married until I was 30, but Gloria married very young. My father was a doctor, and Archie Bunker was a very simple, lower-middle-class, blue-collar, uneducated yet lovable guy.”
As for how well the cast got along, Struthers said, “We got along as beautifully as anyone could have ever hoped. There wasn’t any competition between us. We all revered one another because it was the perfect casting. Rob and I were the third set of kids — Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton had made two other pilots before we went to CBS. I have never seen those two pilots, but I hear you can find them on YouTube. People who’ve seen them say that Rob and I finally had the right chemistry for Jean and Carroll.”
All these years later, Struthers is still incredibly proud of her work on “All In The Family.”
“I’ve done so many shows as a guest, and that’s fun, but ‘All In The Family’ was history-making and that doesn’t happen to too many actors,” she said. “I knew it the day my daughter was in her room writing a report, using the Encyclopedia Britannica. She screamed from her room and said, ‘Mom, come in here!’ She had the encyclopedia opened to the letter T on her desk. Under the word television was a picture of the All in the Family cast. That’s when you say, ‘Wow!'”