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Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: screenwriter, college literature instructor

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Hollywood screenwriter of popular fare whose career -- or at least the production of his work -- seems to have run in spurts. Adept at both original work and adaptations, Robert Getchell saw the production of the very first screenplay he had written, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" released in 1974 and he earned an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. Heralded at the time as one of the first "women's pictures" since the advent of the feminist revolution, "Alice" starred Ellen Burstyn as a widow who leaves her home with her son to finally pursue her dream of becoming a singer, but, instead, finds some camaraderie working as a waitress in a diner. The film was turned into a long-running TV sitcom starring Linda Lavin in 1976 with Getchell as creator.

Hollywood screenwriter of popular fare whose career -- or at least the production of his work -- seems to have run in spurts. Adept at both original work and adaptations, Robert Getchell saw the production of the very first screenplay he had written, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" released in 1974 and he earned an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. Heralded at the time as one of the first "women's pictures" since the advent of the feminist revolution, "Alice" starred Ellen Burstyn as a widow who leaves her home with her son to finally pursue her dream of becoming a singer, but, instead, finds some camaraderie working as a waitress in a diner. The film was turned into a long-running TV sitcom starring Linda Lavin in 1976 with Getchell as creator.

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Taught literature at University of Missouri and University of Miami (Ohio)
1974:
Received Oscar nomination for first produced screenplay, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
1976:
Created "Alice" series based on his screenplay; Wrote "Bound for Glory"
1981:
Adapted "Mommie Dearest" for the screen
1993:
Adapted "This Boy's Life" for the screen
1994:
Co-wrote screenplay for "The Client"
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University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri -

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