Widowed Alice Hyatt was just trying to make ends meet for herself and her son, on the way to Los Angeles when their car broke down and she took a job at Mel's Diner. Little did she know that she'd spend the next nine years being yelled at by her boss and hearing "Kiss my grits!" over and over. Bringing the role that Ellen Burstyn had originated on film to the small screen, Linda Lavin was spunky, kept a sense of humor and raised a good kid - and occasionally treated us to a song. And luckily for Mel, the concept of sexual harassment law was relatively new in the late '70s and early '80s.
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