- Because the role of Norman Maine is that of a has-been actor, it was rejected by Humphrey Bogart, 'Cooper, Gary' , Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Cary Grant (who at first accepted it) before being finally accepted by 'Mason, James' .
- The sequence in which Esther receives a studio makeover was inspired by Judy Garland's similar experience early in the filming of Wizard of Oz, The (1939).
- In the scene after the movie premiere, Matt Liddy is at a party where he passes a man and says, "Hey, Ray! Great score, the best!" The man is Ray Heindorf, musical director for this film.
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