- Originally, Truman Capote was the screenwriter, and his draft included making Nick a homosexual and Jordan Baker a vindictive lesbian. Capote was fired, and Francis Ford Coppola finished his draft in three weeks.
- The rights for the novel were purchased by producer Robert Evans in 1971 so that his wife at the time, Ali MacGraw, could play the part of Daisy. A shooting script wasn't ready yet, and MacGraw agreed to star in Getaway, The (1972) as filler. During the production of Getaway, The (1972) MacGraw fell in love with her co-star 'McQueen, Steve' and left Evans for him. Mia Farrow was then picked to play Daisy.
- Mia Farrow was pregnant during filming and the director filmed around that by including close up shots of Farrow, and having her wear a lot of flowing costumes.
- Patsy Kensit who plays the very young daughter of Mia Farrow's character in this movie later portrayed Mia Farrow herself in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) (TV) which included a re-enactment of the filming of The Great Gatsby.
- Howard Da Silva, (Meyer Wolfsheim), was also in Great Gatsby, The (1949) where he played the part of Wilson.
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