SALLY STRUTHERS’ SAVE THE CHILDREN KIDNAP NIGHTMARE
Why All in the Family legend quit charity
SITCOM legend Sally Struthers reveals she quit the Save the Children charity after she was nearly murdered by a gang of bloodthirsty rebels during a trip to visit African orphans!
The 73-year-old actress, who played Archie Bunker’s daughter Gloria on All in the Family, was a roving ambassador for the charity for 35 years until a terrifying incident in Uganda.
She was filming ads with a boy, who’d come from a remote village, when suddenly, “a roving band of guerrilla warfare guys came out of the bushes and asked [him] where he was from,” recalls Sally. which was far away, and they decided we had kidnapped him, and they were going to shoot all of us.”
The actress was terrified and figured she was a goner.
But a priest with her group told her to slowly walk off while never turning her back on the terrorists. As she walked, he convinced the gunmen to let them alone.
At that point, Sally, who had a daughter, Samantha, from her six-year marriage to shrink William C. Radar, thought, “I’ve been on so many little airplanes that could have crashed and in so many horrible situations. What am I doing? I’ve got a child, a real-life child of my own, and I’m gonna make her an orphan.
“I can’t do this anymore.”