Astor was initially cast as Mrs. Foster but due to illness she dropped out of filming and was replaced.
Mary Astor was proposed to play Bette Davis' younger sister Evelyn. Davis thought Astor too old, though Astor was only 2 years older in real life.
Considered to play Millie, as a re-teaming with the Great Lie co-star Bette Davis. But Jack Warner thought Miriam Hopkins was a better choice.
Mary Astor was originally cast in the role of Helen Dallas, Stella's mother, as a loan out from Columbia Pictures.
Did you know that Mary Astor was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)