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Trivia / Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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  • Actor-Shared Background: Miss Pettigrew claims to have been raised by a clergyman. Frances McDormand had a minister for a father.
  • The Cast Showoff: Before becoming a film actress, Amy Adams worked in theatre (more specifically, dinner theatre), gaining singing and dancing experience. She gets to perform a couple of songs in Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day.
  • Casting Gag: Miss Pettigrew is conservative enough to feel shame when she says the word 'damn'. Her actress Frances McDormand is known for swearing a lot.
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  • Development Hell: The book was published in 1938 and the film rights were sold one year later. It didn't get made until 2008.
  • Fake Brit: Canadian Frances McDormand and American Lee Pace play the English Miss Pettigrew and Michael respectively. Northern Irish Ciarán Hinds also puts on an English accent to play Joe Bloomfield.
  • Typecasting: At the time, critics were concerned about Amy Adams recycling her persona from Enchanted in various romantic comedies.
  • What Could Have Been: The original concept developed for the 1930s would have had Billie Burke as Miss Pettigrew, and the film would have been a musical. But when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and America officially entered the second World War, the project was shelved.

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