Robert Getchell

Screenwriter, College literature instructor
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 ... Read more »
Born: in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alice 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Bound For Glory 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri

Milestones

1994

Co-wrote screenplay for "The Client"

1993

Adapted "This Boy's Life" for the screen

1981

Adapted "Mommie Dearest" for the screen

1976

Created "Alice" series based on his screenplay; Wrote "Bound for Glory"

1974

Received Oscar nomination for first produced screenplay, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

Taught literature at University of Missouri and University of Miami (Ohio)

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