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Sally Struthers has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence in Maine on Thursday.
Struthers was performing in a musical in Maine recently but was arrested on Sept. 12 and charged with operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Although she did not personally attend the court hearing on Thursday, the actress' attorney represented her in York District Court and entered a plea of not guilty, according to The Portland Press Herald.
The 65 year old actress was arrested on U.S. Route 1 on Sept. 12, 2012 in the resort town Ogunquit.
Struthers is best known for her roles as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family, for which she won two Emmy awards, and as Babette on Gilmore Girls.
All in the Family producer Norman Lear found the actress dancing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a counterculture variety show whose writing staff included Rob Reiner.
In 2012, Struthers recalled the serendipity that helped her land the role: "I had just gotten let go from The Tim Conway Comedy Hour because the suits in New York said that I made the show look cheap. And the producer said, "That's the whole point, we're trying to make it look like the Conway show doesn't have a budget, has no money, and so that's why there's only one Tim Conway dancer instead of a line of them like the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show, and there's only one musician, and they can't even afford an instrument for him, so he's standing at a music stand, humming the opening theme song." That's funny!" she told Newsday.
She added, "And the suits said, "No, it makes the show look cheap." So they let me, the Tim Conway dancer, go. And if they hadn't done that, I wouldn't have been free to read for "All in the Family"."
At the time of her arrest for DUI she had been performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the musical "9 to 5." She is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 13 for a bench trial.