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Sally Struthers talks about her persona

And why she went to President Bush's funeral

Sally Struthers is no stranger to her role as comically cranky Miss Hannigan in “Annie”

Known as “All in the Family’s” Gloria, she toured with the Broadway show for over a year.

Struthers has a few performances left at The Wick Theatre’s “Annie” through Dec. 23.

Here’s her chat with Boca Voice:

Q: You had the audience with you and a standing ovation opening night. How do you make a role like this your own? Even your socks were funny.

A: They were my idea. I’ve done this on tour and in specific theaters hundreds of times. It never gets old. With little children in the audience, it’s very sweet. I’m a little scary in the beginning.

Q: Why did you go to the Bush funeral in the middle of the run?

A: I met them when George was running. He was at a party in Los Angeles. When I worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, they lived right up the road in Kennebunkport. They donated money and they came backstage. They asked me to sing at their parties. We became good friends.

Q: I saw you out of costume and makeup at the cabaret after opening night. You still look like you at 71. Do you get recognized?

A: Now it’s more selfies than autographs. A lot of people come up to me on the street. Once at a restaurant, people said they didn’t know it was me until they heard me talk.

Q: What other roles are regulars in your repertoire?

A:  Her friend Louise Seger in “Always…Patsy Cline.” It’s a two-woman show, but I play nine characters. I get to do a lot of shows close to my heart. I’m doing what I love. If you have that opportunity, it never gets old.

Q: What have the audiences here been like?

A: We do eight shows a week. The applause is hearty and the audiences are loving it. Matinee audiences tend to be less vocal.

Q: I know you consider yourself a comedic actress now. Were you always?

A: My mother said “Sally was born funny.  When she was 2, her whole reason for living was to get our neighbors to laugh.”

By Marci Shatzman

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