Sally Struthers DUI: Actress Pleads Not Guilty
Ogunquit, ME — Former All in the Family actress Sally Struthers has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunk driving.
Struthers, who played Gloria Stivic on the famous sitcom, was pulled over by cops on September 12 at about 12:20 am in Ogunquit, Maine, where she had been performing in the 9 to 5 musical at the Ogunquit Playhouse. She was charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI).
The two-time Emmy winner, 65, who previously denied the allegations, did not appear in court herself on Thursday but entered the plea in Maine’s York District Court through her lawyer.
The case is scheduled for a bench trail on February 13, meaning that it will be heard by a judge rather than a jury.
Even if found guilty, the penalty for OUI is not severe, according to the Portland Press Herald:
“Struthers has no criminal history in Maine. A first-time offender convicted of drunken driving faces a 90-day license suspension and a $400 fine, but no jail time.”
Sallys Struthers has continued to work steadily in the industry since her starring role in the 1970s sitcom although most of her work has been off-screen. Struthers voiced characters in shows like Dinosaurs, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Tale Spin. Her most recent credits include Gilmore Girls and American Dad. She has also been active on behalf of a charity for impoverished children in developing countries and has appeared in TV commercials for that organization.
The other principal cast members of All in the Family, which ran from 1971 to 1979, were Carroll O’Connor, Rob Reiner (who is now a well-known director), and Jean Stapleton. The Jeffersons was a spin-off of All in the Family. Sally Struthers also appeared in two spin-offs, Archie Bunker’s Place and Gloria.