At some point, Alicia Hunt met crime boss Carl Grissom and became his mistress. She then secretly had an affair with Grissom's second-in-command Jack Napier. This led to a jealous Grissom to set his right-hand man up to be killed by the corrupt police officer Lt. Max Eckhardt at Axis Chemicals. Later, when Jack had reinvented himself as the Joker, he killed Grissom in retaliation and took over his empire. When Alicia returned and saw Jack's clown-like appearance, she fainted.
The Joker then scarred Alicia's face with sulfuric acid, and made her wear a porcelain mask, in order to turn her into a 'living work of art'. When she went with Joker to the Flugelheim Museum, she was asked to remove her mask in front of photojournalist Vicki Vale to show herself off as his latest "masterpiece." The sight of Alicia's scarred face was too much for Vicki and she jumped out of her seat, terrified.
Days later, Joker presented Alicia's now cracked mask to Vicki at her apartment and informed her that Alicia had thrown herself out a window. But he didn't seem to show much remorse when he said "You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs", before breaking the mask and laughing.