- Barbara Stanwyck was originally sought for the role of Jewel Mayhew which eventually went to Mary Astor.
- Originally conceived as a sequel to the Joan Crawford/B'ette Davis' hit What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)', and was to be called "Whatever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?". Bette Davis' torment of Crawford (who had actively campaigned against Davis' Oscar nomination for "Baby Jane") became so oppressive that Crawford pleaded illness in order to get out of the production.
- When Joan Crawford took sick and was hospitalized as filming began (see above), scenes were shot around her, but when it became evident that she would have to be replaced, her role was offered to Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Hepburn didn't return the studio's call, while Leigh declined, saying, "No, thank you. I can just about stand looking at Joan Crawford's face at six o'clock in the morning, but not Bette Davis." Eventually, Robert Aldrich flew to Switzerland and convinced Olivia de Havilland to step in.
- When Miriam Deering (Olivia de Havilland) is preparing to close up the house in anticipation of moving out, she is packing a box which is stenciled "Sam Strangis Storage & Transfer, Baton Rouge, LA.". Sam Strangis was the assistant director on this picture.
- Loretta Young was also offered the role of Miriam when Crawford became ill, but turned it down, saying the role was totally wrong for her.
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