Trivia / All About Eve

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Anne Baxter recalls everyone watching the rushes after the first week of filming - and having this reaction. Knowing that the film was "something special", they were all excited to go to work each day. Bette Davis later called it the most rewarding film she had ever made. George Sanders likewise listed his role as Addison as his favourite.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Margo's famous quote is "it's going to be a bumpy night", not "ride"; she was actually referring to a party.
  • Career Resurrection: Bette Davis had been in a string of flops, and credits this film with saving her career from complete oblivion.
  • Casting Gag: Talulah Bankhead played Margo in a radio adaptation of the movie. For years it was rumoured that she was the inspiration for Margo.
  • Deleted Role: Although he's still credited for the film, actor Eddie Fisher's scene as the stage manager was cut.
  • Defictionalization: The Sarah Siddons Award was made up by the director and was not a real theatre award. Two years later, a small group of Chicago theatre goers started presenting an award with that name - modelled after the award in the film. Celeste Holm won it in 1967, and Bette Davis was presented with an honorary one in 1973.
  • Enforced Method Acting: George Sanders spent his time nodding off between scenes in his dressing room. Anne Baxter remarked that his perpetual sleepiness helped his character immensely.
  • Jossed: A long standing rumor went around that Margo Channing was based off real actress Talulah Bankhead. The film is actually adapted from a short story, and the author personally told Bankhead herself that Margo was not based on her.
  • Life Imitates Art: Anne Baxter later was chosen to replace Bette Davis on the latter's show Hotel when she fell ill. She ended up replacing her permanently.
  • Meta Casting: Miss Caswell is an aspiring starlet hoping to get into the business. She's played by Marilyn Monroe, who at the time was one of the least experienced of the cast.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Bette Davis's voice is so raspy in this film because her marriage was breaking up and she was screaming at her husband all the time.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The movie was based on a short story, and then got a musical adaptation on Broadway - which itself was adapted into a TV movie. Anne Baxter even played Margot in the Broadway show for a time.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This film has one of Marilyn Monroe's first speaking parts.
  • Romance on the Set: Bette Davis and Gary Merrill fell in love and married while making the film. They later adopted a girl, who they named Margot.
  • Throw It In: The famous dress Margot wears for the "bumpy night" actually didn't quite fit Bette Davis on the shoulders. So the actress decided to slip it off the shoulders instead.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the first drafts, Margo would have been a foreign actress - as she was inspired by Austrian theatre star Elisabeth Bergner.
    • Manciewicz' first choice for Margo Channing was Claudette Colbert, who had to drop out of the production after an injury. Jeanne Crain was originally cast to play Eve but became pregnant.
    • Also, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Angela Lansbury were considered for Miss Caswell (Marilyn Monroe). Zsa Zsa still kept coming to the set anyway, jealous of her husband having scenes with Monroe.
    • Gertrude Lawrence was heavily in the running for Margo, after Claudette Colbert dropped out. She insisted on heavy rewrites to the script - namely that Margo couldn't be seen drinking alcohol on screen, and that she be allowed to sing at the party.
    • Bette Davis lobbied hard for a sequel film, as she and Gary Merrill had since married, and she wanted to continue Margo and Bill's lives. Years later after they'd divorced, she approached Mankiewicz and said "forget about that sequel. I've played it and it doesn't work."

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