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Queen Bee marked the directoral debut of Ranald MacDougall. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Joan Crawford purchased the rights to Edna Lee novel and engaged MacDougall as writer-director before presenting the package to producer Jerry Wald. MacDougall and Wald had worked with Crawford on Warner Bros.' 1945 production Mildred Pierce, for which Crawford won her only Academy Award (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). Queen Bee received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Costume Design (Black-and-White).