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Robert Getchell (December 6, 1936 – October 21, 2017) was an American screenwriter. Getchell wrote the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore[2] and created the sitcom based on that film, Alice. Getchell was also the screenwriter for the 1981 docudrama film Mommie Dearest which is based on Christina Crawford's nightmarish childhood with her violent and manipulative alcoholic adoptive mother, the actress Joan Crawford. The film was meant to be taken seriously with a subject concerning child abuse/trafficking however, Getchell's unusual script became over-the-top and unintentionally amusing that it won the 2nd Golden Raspberry award for worst Screenplay which developed Mommie Dearest into a memorable cult film.

Robert Getchell
Born(1936-12-06)December 6, 1936[1]
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
DiedOctober 21, 2017(2017-10-21) (aged 80)
Monterey, California, United States

He died on 21 October 2017 aged 81.[3]




  1. ^ Writers Guild of America West [@WGAWest] (31 October 2017). "RIP WGAW member / screenwriter / "Alice" creator Robert Getchell (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore) 12/5/36-10/21/17" (Tweet). Retrieved 8 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (January 30, 1975). "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Movie Review". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (6 November 2017). "Robert Getchell, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' Screenwriter, Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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