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What Happened To...

This section is purely speculative. It relates what some viewers believe happened to the ALICE characters after the series ended. Did Alice pursue her singing career? How did Vera cope with motherhood? What became of Mel? If you have some thoughts of your own, send them in!

This section does not describe the whereabouts of the actual actors and actresses. The whereabouts of the cast can be found in The Cast section.

Alice Hyatt By Jerry

After starting her singing career in Nashville in 1985, Alice Hyatt enjoyed a moderate success from then on. Even though she found herself with a busy schedule of recording albums and touring the country, she was always able to find time to keep in contact with all of her family and friends. Despite the fact that she was pursuing country music, her songs and albums attracted more audiences of Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Jazz, and Standards. Although she finally grabbed her dream after all these years, she was not completely satisfied with her career since she never wanted to pursue country music. Despite the success, her relationship with Travis Marsh was fading away, and the band was in terminal danger of disbandment on account of personal and creative differences (all the musicians were moving onto other projects and accepting work from other artists).

In March of 1990, while performing at the Hilton in New York, she was "discovered" by Maureen McGovern (she saw Maureen sitting in the second row of the audience). When an intermission began, she immediately told one of the ushers to give Maureen a note that requested to come to her dressing room immediately after her show was finished. When Maureen received the note, she followed Alice's requests, they introduced each other, and Alice asked her if she knew any managers and producers and songwriters who could help change her music into her preferable styles of standards and showtunes (just like Bonnie Tyler did with Jim Steinman before he gave her her biggest hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart"). Maureen, being the kind and understanding sweetheart that she was, graciously said that she would help Alice. Two weeks later, Maureen gave Alice a call and set up an appointment with her manager and a new producer. Alice explained her new deal to Travis, Travis understood, and they bid each other farewell.

Alice packed her bags, relocated permanently to New York, and found herself with a new manager (who's been managing her ever since) and singing songs for the markets she always wanted to aim for. She sings in concerts with a variety of orchestras, opens for Broadway performances, and has (so far) recorded 16 albums of standards, showtunes, and pop music. Off and on, she will accept offers to sing songs for movie soundtracks as well. She lived in an apartment in New York until 1995, when she bought a small three-bedroom home in southwestern Connecticut (unlike most celebrities, she doesn't want luxury and riches; she just wants to be kept away from being a starving artist!).

In 1995, she bought a three-bedroom home in Westport, Connecticut. She is also now a grandmother of three.

Tommy Hyatt By Jerry

Tommy Hyatt stayed in Phoenix while Alice moved to Nashville. At first, he lived with Mel (where he stayed for only three months) and then shared an apartment with some friends from Arizona State University.

His senior year there proved to be the most successful, personally and professionally and academically. He made the Dean’s list during both semesters as a senior. At the beginning of that year, he met and fell in love with a musical-composition major named Beth Williams (who’s one year younger than he). They dated throughout the entire year and immediately knew that they were right for each other; they got engaged in the fall of 1986.

During the spring of 1986, Tommy signed up for the NBA draft and successfully completed all of the rounds, which led to his playing for the Phoenix Suns. Fortunately, he never let his draft practices disturb him from his schoolwork. He graduated magna cum laude in 1986 with a degree in Accounting. The next year, Beth graduated and they were married on June 26, 1987. Tommy played for the Suns for 20 years then became an assistant coach for them and remains the assistant coach today.

After marrying, Tommy and Beth moved to an apartment a few yards away from the US Airways Center. One year later, they bought a four-bedroom home in Scottsdale and became the across-the-street neighbors of Beth’s father, Richard. They also became the proud parents of three children: Melvin Earl (born in 1989; he was named after Mel and Tommy’s former high-school basketball coach Earl Hicks), Vera Jean (born in 1991; named after Vera and Flo and Beth’s paternal aunt who was named Jean), and Florence Louise (born in 1992; also named after Vera and Flo as well as after Beth’s maternal aunt who was named Florence). Beth and Tommy remain happily married to this day.

Vera Louise Gorman-Novack By Joe B.

Vera and Elliot stayed in Phoenix for a few happy years in the suburbs of Phoenix as they were in the end of the series, raising the child that Vera announced she was going to have - a girl, Nora Louise Novack. Elliot later took a promotion and this allowed them to get a bigger home... in Monerey, California. Vera enjoyed being close the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, though Elliot didn't want her to spend all her time worrying about Hollywood. After all, is she a dingey??

Belle Dupree By Rachel

After a few years in Nashville, Belle came to Alice, who was also singing in Nashville. Alice had been more successful, and Belle needed something - a job. Alice soon had a new backup singer, but Belle didn't appear for the practices and didn't know the music; she was busy dating and playing poker with groups of men. Alice had Travis Marsh fire Belle, but felt badly. Belle understood though. Never married because of the burden, she still was on her own. She made it in a production of Oklahoma on Broadway, but then was cast as an understudy for many hit shows - never really being in the show on usual days. Since she always liked starting over, or was at least used to it, she wasn't too upset with what happened. At least she was still crowin'!.

Tommy Hyatt by Ronald

Tommy eventually became the Business Manager of a profitable, busy hospital in California. He and his new wife had a child, and then realized that their marriage was planned quickly and immediately were divorced after three years of marriage. Soon, Tommy was married again... to whom he later realized was Vera's niece.

Flo and Alice by Josh

Flo left Texas after a few years and came back to Phoenix. She eventually settled down with a new husband... for a few years. She is widowed soon after, and begins to look toward Alice's New Jersey for some possible bachelors. But the men aren't her wild style, and she returns to Phoenix, as Alice is also on a tour with Travis Marsh, and Flo convinces her to accept her latest deal: a solo record deal!

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