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What Happened to Sally Struthers? What She Did After Playing Babette in ‘Gilmore Girls’

What Happened to Sally Struthers? What She Did After Playing Babette in ‘Gilmore Girls’

Sally Struthers is known for playing Babette Dell in Gilmore Girls and for another good-sized hit in the 1970s. What is she up to these days? Struthers is keeping busy by being involved in stage plays. She’s also enjoying some downtime as Struthers has been involved in a stage play with Hal Linden. Linden, of course, had a good run himself in another 1970s sitcom Barney Miller.

After Gilmore Girls wrapped up in 2007, Struthers did voiceover work on animated cartoons Odd Job Jack and Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures. In 2011, she provided the voice of Clara in an episode of American Dad! Struthers played herself in a 2011 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories. She also picked up playing Babette again for a 2016 miniseries titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Struthers played Shirley in two episodes of Maron, a sitcom created by comedian Marc Maron.

Sally Struthers Keeps Busy After ‘Gilmore Girls’

Between 2019 and 2021, Struthers provided voiceover work for Summer Camp Island. And recently, Struthers has been working with Linden in the comedy play The Journals of Adam and Eve. They’ve been on a national tour with it, yet have their sights set on a Broadway run.

If that wasn’t enough for you, then Struthers is coming back to regular TV. She will co-star with Ted Danson in a new Netflix comedy series, A Classic Spy, for Netflix.

Of course, Struthers became a household name thanks to playing Gloria Stivic in All in the Family. She was married to husband Michael Stivic, played by Rob Reiner, on the show. Gloria was the daughter of Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) and Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton). Her run on that show went between 1971 and 1979, then she starred in her own ill-fated sitcom spin-off Gloria. It only lasted one season.

Struthers shared one time how she got the role on All in the Family. Let’s call it fate or being in the right place at the right time. She happened to have been the sole dancer on The Tim Conway Comedy Hour, which aired on CBS in 1970. Struthers said “the suits” made the decision to drop her because having just one dancer made the show “look cheap.” Since she was now free from that job, Struthers had the time to go read for All in the Family.

Actress Happy That Mother, Daughter Know Her

She picked up two Emmy Awards for her work on the sitcom. In an interview with Page Six, Struthers shared a situation where a mother and daughter might approach her at an event. “The best part of my life … is when I am met by a mother-daughter team because the mother will say, ‘Oh, we’ve loved you as Gloria.’ And the daughter will say, ‘No, she’s Babette.’ And they have a little argument in front of me and that just tickles me pink,” Struthers said.

Last January, Struthers appeared at the Primetime Emmy Awards along with Reiner. They were part of a segment saluting All in the Family, with both standing in a replica of the Bunker Den.

When looking back at the breakthrough sitcom, Struthers points out some things it brought to the forefront of American television viewers. “The Bunkers came along and they flushed toilets,” Struthers said in the interview. “They didn’t have good manners at the table. They reached over one another for food … and they talked about real things. (And) they peeled off the veneer. And you saw the less-than-perfect side of human beings. You saw the arguing and the vehemence and the bigotry. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle now. Everything got more honest after that.”

Now 76 years old, Struthers, who has one daughter from her marriage, keeps on truckin’ with work. She’s very grateful for all the good things that have come into her life over the years.