Sally Struthers appeared as Gloria Bunker-Stivic in seasons 1-8.
|Housewife 1975-1982, then veterinary assistant (1982-?)|
|Spouse(s):||Michael Stivic (1971-1982)(?)|
|Related to:||Edith Bunker (mother} 1971-1980, her death|
Archie Bunker (father} 1971-1982 (?)
Casimir "Cas" Stivic (uncle in-law)
Alfred "Fred" Bunker (uncle)
Joey Stivic (son)
|Episodes appeared in:||All in the Family 184 episodes |
Archie Bunker's Place (4 episodes)
Gloria (16 episodes)
|Character played by:||Sally Struthers|
Gloria Bunker Stivic is a supporting character played by Sally Struthers in the sitcom series All in the Family, which aired on the CBS television network from 1971 until 1979. She was the only child of Archie and Edith Bunker, and she was married to Michael Stivic. She was born eleven months after Edith and Archie were married as stated in the episode "The Longest Kiss" Season 5, Episode 10.
Gloria was often caught in the middle of arguments between her husband Michael, who successfully persuaded her to share his liberal political beliefs, and her conservative father, Archie.
Gloria's mother mentioned (in the pilot) that Gloria was anemic and was therefore overprotected as a child.
Gloria was the main breadwinner for the couple during the first five years of their marriage while they lived in her parent's home. With Michael attending college, initially for his bachelor's degree, then continuing for his master's, Gloria worked full-time at a department store. Having lower than average intelligence, Gloria was sensitive about having only a high school education, and prone to irrational outbursts when faced with Michael's stubborn rationality and her father's poor take on the changing world.
Gloria and Mike moved to a rental house owned by former Bunker neighbor George Jefferson. At that time Gloria became pregnant. She then had a boy, Joey Stivic, and became a stay-at-home mother, while Michael began his teaching career. The Stivics later moved to Santa Barbara, California after Michael was offered an associate professor's position at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The Stivic marriage was tested after Gloria engaged in an affair with Bud Kreeger, a college faculty colleague of her husband. Gloria confessed this affair to her parents, while remaining silent about sleeping with him, during Archie and Edith's Christmas visit to California.
Michael would later get arrested for a nude protest at a nuclear power plant, which cost him his good-paying associate professor job and left him and his family cash-strapped, and would eventually abandon his family to join a commune with one of his college students.
Struthers continued playing the character of Gloria Bunker in guest appearances on Archie Bunker's Place and on the 1982–1983 spinoff series Gloria, in which she was divorced from her husband Michael, and working in a veterinarian's office in upstate New York.
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