Reiner and Sally were the third set of Mike and Gloria, and Reiner read with four different women vying for Gloria's part, including his future wife Penny Marshall. Sally was convinced that Marshall would get the role, partly because she resembled her TV mother Stapleton.
“But Norman liked the chemistry I had with Sally,” Reiner said, “And he thought Sally was more Carroll's daughter” than the other actresses were.
“Sally was perfect casting and a bit younger and less cosmopolitan than Candy,” Stapleton said, referring to actress Candice Azzara, who played Gloria in the pilot but wasn't called back.
“All in the Family” initially struggled in the ratings, but by the second season it was the No. 1 rated show on TV. It held the No. 1 position as the most watched show on American television for five consecutive years, the first series to reach that pinnacle.
Sally left the show in 1978 due to a salary dispute, but the character returned a few years later for several episodes in the spin-off show “Archie Bunker's Place.”