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'All about Eve' — 10 Interesting Facts about the Classic 1950 Film

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 29, 2020
12:30 A.M.

Seventy years after its release, the classic movie "All About Eve" is still a fan favorite and eerily timeless. Here are ten interesting facts about the film.

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When the movie "All About Eve" was released in 1950, it was widely accepted and loved by viewers. Its story, which follows the life of a broadway star whose fan tries to take over her life, is as relevant today as it was years ago.

The movie revolves around Broadway star Margo Channing (played by Bette Davis) and her group of friends who innocently welcome a fan of hers named Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter) into their lives.

 Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Anne Baxter and George Sanders during a scene from Darryl F. Zanuck's Production "All About Eve", a 20th Century Fox picture. Undated movie still. | Photo : Getty Images

Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Anne Baxter and George Sanders during a scene from Darryl F. Zanuck's Production "All About Eve", a 20th Century Fox picture. Undated movie still. | Photo : Getty Images

Although Eve comes across as innocent, she is a devious and manipulative woman who tries and successfully usurps Margo from her seat of fame. Still, along the way, Eve learns a huge lesson that popularity is not all it seems to be.

The number one interesting fact about the movie is that it holds the record for the movie with the most Oscar nominations; the 1997 movie "Titanic" coming close. "All About Eve" had a total of 14 nominations and won six of those nominations.

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 American film star Bette Davis, best known for her roles in 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

American film star Bette Davis, best known for her roles in 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

Another intriguing fact about "All About Eve" is that it had a total of 28 nominations across the movie industry and won 23. Some of the nominations include the Academy Awards, the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes Award, among others.

The movie's working title was "Best Performance," but it was changed to "All About Eve." The movie, which took its basis from Mary Orr's article "The wisdom of Eve," follows the true story of a European stage actress Elisabeth Bergner and also modified the title of the article for the movie.

"ALL ABOUT EVE," Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Bette Davis | Photo: Getty Images

"ALL ABOUT EVE," Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Bette Davis | Photo: Getty Images

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When "All About Eve" was produced, it was compared to another movie released that year, "Sunset Boulevard." Although the leading actresses in the film were nominated for the Oscar's, none won. Bette Davis' role in "All About Eve" has been confirmed to trump Gloria Swanson's character in "Sunset Boulevard."

Although the movie had critical acclaim, it also had quite a lot of goofs for any Oscar-nominated movie.

People thought the movie was based on Tallulah Bankhead (a talented theater actress) due to the raspy voice Bette Davis had throughout.

Portrait of American actress Anne Baxter on the set of the film All About Eve. United States, 1950. | Photo: Getty Images

Portrait of American actress Anne Baxter on the set of the film All About Eve. United States, 1950. | Photo: Getty Images

While Bankhead tried to play off the narrative that the story was based on her, both Mary Orr and Joseph Mankiewicz (the writer and producer of the movie) dispelled the rumor causing a rift between themselves and Bankhead.

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The reason for Davis' raspy voice is another exciting facet of the movie. Before productions began, Davis had been embroiled in a shouting feat with her husband, William Sherry (the two were getting a divorce), and this caused her to have a raspy voice and talk in the lower register.

 Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington has her telephone call abruptly cut off by Barbara Bates in a scene from the film 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington has her telephone call abruptly cut off by Barbara Bates in a scene from the film 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

Before the movie started, Bette Davis was going through a divorce, and by the end of the film, it was complete. This allowed her to begin dating her co-star Gary Merril (who played her onscreen director and fiance).

The two got together, and before the movie was released, they were married. They did get a divorce ten years later.

A scene from the film 'All About Eve', starring Gregory Ratoff, Gary Merrill  and Bette Davis | Photo: Getty Images

A scene from the film 'All About Eve', starring Gregory Ratoff, Gary Merrill and Bette Davis | Photo: Getty Images

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While the cast played their part professionally, behind the scenes, not all of them were cordial to each other. Celeste Holm, who played the role of Karen Richards and Davis' onscreen best friend did not like Bette Davis. The two women got off the wrong foot and hardly spoke to each other behind the scenes.

Marilyn Monroe had her fair share of drama on set. At the time "All About Eve" was being produced and released, Monroe was just breaking into the industry, and she had a small part in the movie. She was nervous from working with the industry big shots then that she barfed after Davis snapped at her for missing her lines.

A technician checks the lighting for Marilyn Monroe during a rehearsal for her role in 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

A technician checks the lighting for Marilyn Monroe during a rehearsal for her role in 'All About Eve' | Photo: Getty Images

Although the movie had critical acclaim, it also had quite a lot of goofs for any Oscar-nominated movie. Some of these include character error, the wrong spelling of names in the movie credits, and continuity issues.

In all, "All About Eve" would go down as one of the best classic movies of all time, and its storyline and lessons will be relatable to all no matter how much times have changed.

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