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Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar playing Alice Hyatt, a destitute widow who must find the strength to go on for her young son (Alfred Lutter) in the face of loneliness and fear, in this classic slice of 1970s cinema from director Martin Scorsese. When the pair lands in Tucson, Ariz., Alice takes a job at a diner and meets a customer (Kris Kristofferson) who helps mend her fractured heart. The film spawned the popular TV sitcom “Alice.” 1974

People used to ask me when I was young, what makes you such a good actress, Diane? I would say because I was consummated to be an actress and given birth to be a better one. Jennifer Lawrence was consummated to be an actress and given birth to be a better one. So was my daughter Laura Dern. She [Lawrence] was wonderful to work with — she listened, she was attentive and worked like a dirty dog
—  Diane Ladd

Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1975)

“It was early in the woman’s movement, and we were all just waking up and having a look at the pattern of our lives and wanting it to be different … I wanted to make a different kind of film. A film from a woman’s point of view, but a woman that I recognized, that I knew. And not just myself, but my friends, what we were all going through at the time. So my agent found Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore … When I read it I liked it a lot. I sent it to Warner Brothers and they agreed to do it. Then they asked who I wanted to direct it. I said that I didn’t know, but I wanted somebody new and young and exciting. I called Francis Coppola and asked who was young and exciting and he said ‘Go look at a movie called Mean Streets and see what you think.’  -Ellen Burstyn