Sally Struthers began her career as an actress after graduating high school in the mid-1960s. After a couple of years, she got her first break as a dancer on a Herb Alpert TV special, and that led to some small parts and eventually a regular gig on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. She also landed a role in the classic feature film Five Easy Pieces in 1970. Shortly after that, she won the role of Gloria Bunker-Stivic on All in the Family, where she remained until 1978. She won an Emmy award twice during her tenure for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
While still a regular on All in the Family, Struthers took the occasional TV movie role and did the voice of Pebbles on the Saturday morning cartoon, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show. Several TV movies followed her departure from All in the Family, as did a couple of short-lived series, Gloria and Nine to Five.
Struthers has also done voice-over work for a variety of cartoons such as Tiny Toon Adventures, and was the voice of Charlene Sinclair on Dinosaurs in the early 1990s. She has toured in the National Road Company of the Broadway musical Grease, and is a long-time supporter and spokesperson for the International Christian Children's Fund.
Gloria is a new breed of woman: She's not quite a full-blown feminist, but she isn't an old-fashioned housewife, either. Gloria tries to be strong, but she's often a little more vulnerable than she cares to admit. She's a working woman who's opted to help support her husband Michael through college, knowing that it's what's best for their future. Like Michael, Gloria is politically aware - and leans to the left of the political spectrum. Yet at the same time, she's Archie's "little girl." Because Gloria and Michael live under Archie's roof, it's Gloria's responsibility to act as a mediator between right-wing Archie and her liberal husband.