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Alice Tripp is a major protagonist in the 1951 film A Place in the Sun. She's a female worker from Charles Eastman's factory who develops a relationship with his nephew George Eastman and winds up pregnant from him

She's loosely based on real life victim Grace Brown.

She was portrayed by Shelley Winters.

Why She Rocks

  1. As this particular character is loosely based on Roberta Alden from the famous novel The American Tragedy, who in turn is based on Grace Brown, the transition of the character to the big screen was handled fairly well.
  2. Shelley Winters does a very emotional performance and an overall good job at playing the broken down woman who comes across as even more sympathetic and tragic than George himself.
  3. The film would often try to paint her as an annoying, unlikable throwaway love interest for George, although she was actually pretty shy and sweet. As soon as she releases George got her pregnant and it becomes apparent that she can't get an abortion, she is relentless in nagging for a marriage. Keep in mind that the story took place in the 50s. Abortion was not legal or safe, she was not well-educated, and unwed mothers were pariahs. She had perfectly valid reason to be desperate in having a marriage with George, and in the end all she is guilty of is urging George to stop chasing his dreams of wealth and start appreciating "the little things in life".
  4. Similar to George, she's extremely poor and barely had a decent home or any money growing up, and yet she rarely ever lets that bring her down and remains an extremely hard and loyal worker who supported her family and her close ones. That fact the she was able to secure a job in the manufacturing company showcases job how far she's willing to go to such. She's also very lonely and never properly learned how to swim. It's no wonder she gained romantic feelings for George. In fact, when she got pregnant, she didn't even care about having to continue being poor, as long as she was able to be with George raising the child. This all just makes her eventual death even more depressing due to all these factors.
  5. As a character, she serves as an interesting foil to George's other girlfriend Angela Vickers as while she is a beautiful, wealthy, fashionable woman who lives in a large mansion (who still genuinely loves and cares for George) Alice is very poor and fairly mousy residing in a rented one-person room. Also, Alice has shown to be more snarky and pessimistic about their life but also more in the realism aspects.
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