Alice Hyatt

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Alice Hyatt (born Alice Graham in the movie; Alice Spivak in the television series) is a fictional character in the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and in the subsequent television series Alice. In the movie, she was played by Ellen Burstyn, who won an Academy Award for the role. In the television series, Alice was played by actress and singer Linda Lavin.

Alice was born and raised in New Jersey. While still young, she married truck driver Donald Hyatt, whom she met at a club she was singing at in Newark, New Jersey. Out of that union came a son, Tommy. Some time later, Don died in a trucking accident. Now a widow with a twelve-year-old son to care for, she set off for California but her car broke down outside Phoenix, Arizona. She rented an apartment at the Phoenix Palms Apartments, and found a job as a waitress at a greasy spoon called Mel's Diner, which was run by Mel Sharples.


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