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Gloria Bunker

Gloria Stivic
First appearance

Meet the Bunkers
(All in the Family - 1x01)
Last appearance

An Uncredited Woman
(Gloria - 1x21)
Portrayed by

Sally Struthers
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Department store employee; veterinarian's assistant
Family Archie Bunker (father)
Edith Bunker, née Baines (mother)
David Bunker (grandfather)
Sarah Bunker, née Longstreet (grandmother)
Alma Bunker (aunt)
Philip Bunker (uncle)
Alfred Bunker (uncle)
Linda Bunker (cousin)
Barbara Lee "Billie" Bunker (cousin)
Maude Findlay (first cousin once removed)
Walter Findlay (cousin-in-law)
Carol Traynor (third cousin))
Stephanie Mills ( step-cousin)
Spouse(s) Michael Stivic
(divorced; 1970–1982)
Children Joseph "Joey" Stivic
(son with Mike; born in December 1975)

Gloria Stivic (née Bunker), is a supporting character played by Sally Struthers on the American situation comedy 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 11 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, with whom she shared 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.[1]

Gloria was the main breadwinner for the couple during the first five years of their marriage while they lived in her parents' home.[2][3] With Michael attending college, initially for his bachelor's degree, then continuing for his master's, Gloria worked full-time at a department store.[3] She was sensitive about having only a high school education.

Gloria and Mike moved to a rental house owned by former Bunker neighbor George Jefferson.[4] 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 a university.

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, 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 related series Gloria, in which she was divorced from her husband Michael, and working in a veterinarian's office in upstate New York.[5]

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